Software Licencing on AS/400
Posted on 2004-10-25
I am currently developing software which I would like to be able to licence to various companies. This is been developed on an IBM AS/400 V5R2 operating system. The software in question is bar-code scanning software and will run on bar-code scanners using 5250 emulation. It is been developed using RPG/400. I would like the ability to be able to supply software which would be licenced to a company for a specific period of time and/or for a max number of users. The type of control that I am trying to achieve is as follows:
1. If the max users were exceeded on any given day then the additional users would be prevented from using the software
2. A warning message would be displayed n days prior to expiry. If the expiry date of the software licence has been exceeded then the users would be prevented from using the software from that date forward.
3. Upon renewal of software licence the user would key in a password and the application would again become available.
4. Some form of encryption would prevent the user from bypassing the security.
I have heard that GENLICKEY is available as part of SM-1 however the AS/400 I am developing on does not have SM-1 installed.
Is there any other avenue open to me to achieve the above. If so could you please point me in the right direction. The solution should be enough to encourage users to renew the licence upon expiry but it does not have to be completely crack proof. (if there is such a thing!!)
Appreciate any help I can get on this subject