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When I install Measurement Studio 2013 on a development computer, activate my Standard Development serial number and license that PC over the Internet, and build some software in Visual Studio, the Enterprise Development trial is automatically selected in the build process. After 30 days, the license expires, and the software behaves as if it is unlicensed - that is, it crashes. A Clean and Rebuild must be run to select the Standard Development license and make the software work again. I believe that this default behavior is incorrect. This 30 day window is often shortly after delivering the machine to a customer, so it fails on their floor right after we leave! This is not good for our reputation or for NI's reputation.
One or more of the following options would be the preferred behavior:
(1) Do not automatically enable the "Enterprise Development" trial. This trial should be deactivated by default when a Standard or Professional license is activated, and a user should be able to open NI License Manager and Activate it as required.
(2) Show a warning on start-up whenever a trial license is used. This is what LabVIEW does: upon launch of LabVIEW the user would see something like "Evaluation License - 5 days remaining". Measurement Studio users do not see this upon launch of Visual Studio, upon building the project in Visual Studio, or upon starting the resulting software. It would be nice if you could provide a link that would instruct users on how to deactivate the Enterprise Development license in this warning.
(3) Use the lowest possible development system. If Enterprise-only features are used and a Standard license and Enterprise trial are available, then the trial is necessary (though a warning as in #2 above would be nice), but otherwise use the Standard or Professional license. This issue has caused us some embarrassment several times. Please fix it!
The workaround, according to Michael Keane from NI (in Service Request #7454045, if anyone from NI is reading this), is as follows:
I assume that in License Manager during those 30 days you would see a green box next to Standard edition and a half white / half yellow box next to Enterprise. The workaround for what you are describing would be to go into ProgramData (hidden folder, will have to type it into Windows Explorer) >> National Instruments >> License Manager >> Licenses and move the Enterprise .lc file outside the Licenses folder. It probably has "TmpEthernet" in the name. This way, License Manager would not be able to find an evaluation version license and I would expect the checkbox next to Enterprise to appear white after refresh. Then, the software would have to look toward the full license and no builds would be expiring.
This works, but is still leaves the possibility for the step to be forgotten and the software to fail shortly after delivery, which is obviously no good at all! Please fix this!
Currently, it seems that the only versions of Measurement Studio are 32-bit. Since applications developed with 32-bit have certain limitations (particularly with memory usage), it would be great to be able to use NI analysis and filtering on larger files. Currently, this is a limitation that causes problems with processing some data files, and will only become a larger problem as the trend to store (and analyze) more and more information continues. Perhaps I'm missing something and there's already a 64 bit version somewhere, but I did contact support and they were unaware of anything.
It would be great to incorporate the STM protocol into Measurement Studio, this would all an STM connection by just dropping the tool into Visual Studio, adding the IP and the Port, then collect data. The idea would be to incorporate Flattening and Unflattening of the data after connection to the STM server in the Labview Realtime. This can make everyones life much easier.
This may or may not be possible, but I'd like to be able to run my .NET program using real time. If this isn't something that NI can do because it involves hardware that isn't supplied or supported by NI, it would be nice to have some information on how it can be done. I recently saw some presentations by people that are able to use some real time kernel to get faster loop rates than I can get in Windows (9 Hz). This is the one major deficiency for Measurement Studio. LabVIEW supports FPGA and real time, and I can completely understand why FPGA may not be possible for .NET projects.