Posted on 11-17-2014 09:04 AM
I have some problems with packaging and deploying Finale 2014. I used Composer to snapshot the installation (with serial number), but when I deploy the software it is not registered with the serial number. It looks like it is not authorized.
What should I do to make a successfull deployment?
Many thanks for your help!
Posted on 11-17-2014 09:08 AM
In your package do you have this file?:
It's a hidden file, but it contains licensing info.
Posted on 11-17-2014 11:54 PM
Yes I have it! But when I deploy the package to other machines Finale ask to register again. In registration forms there is a required field "computer name". Maybe it's why it's not deploying on other machines? It should be possible..
Posted on 03-23-2015 06:05 AM
Hey @joe.farage! Did you ever get this working? I will also be packaging and deploying Finale soon and wanted some pointers before starting.
Posted on 03-23-2015 07:03 AM
Unfortunately no. It looks like .regdata18.txt is tighten to the computer it was installed or packaged. When you deploy to other machines it will not work. Or I am missing something? We had to manually enter the license key on each machine.
Posted on 03-23-2015 09:56 AM
This is one of the few softwares that I have run into that REQUIRE calling home activation per machine. Lame of them. No way to easily deploy activated.
Posted on 04-28-2015 06:08 PM
I'm dealing with this at the moment and it's not looking good. Their solution listed on the site was too "Include Finale on a master image. If you install Finale on one computer, then image that computer, the computers you copy that image to will include Finale as well. This is the preferred method for installing Finale in large distributions."
Yeah... I like having a clean base OS. Contacted their support just incase they might have changed their mind. Crosses Fingers
The other product they have, Smart Music, installed and worked like a charm. Why couldn't they do that for Finale 2014?
Posted on 08-31-2015 11:42 AM
If you have a site license for Finale, you can use their Site License Monitor. Similar to other network based licensing options, but they have to give you the download for the install. Will install on Windows or MAC servers, and then as long as the clients can connect to the server, they can get the license that way. The only thing the client needs at that point is a text file configured to tell it the correct server/port to look for the license.
Posted on 12-05-2015 11:51 AM
Well, this is a late response (didn't get a notification).
How do you deploy it? Just capture/package it with Composer/Packages and hope the license server does it job?
Found a link with some info:
I'll probably mount the disk image remotely, and try some command line stuff. This would require a license server, I'll see if it can be added to our existing sever
cp -R /Volumes/Finale 2011/.InstallFinale.app/Contents/InstallFinale.mpkg ~/Desktop/InstallFinale.mpkg
Posted on 12-08-2015 08:06 AM
Created a snapshot using Casper, not the best method but it gets the job done. You'll need to use FEU & FUT.
Now, time to setup a licensing monitoring
Posted on 12-08-2015 12:22 PM
I'm finally done with Finale. Everything is now automated.
On the server:
On the client:
Contact Make Music for the config.dat and other software needed for the Site License Monitor.
Posted on 08-08-2016 10:48 AM
I was able to setup an automated install that works with our network license monitor (Windows server). This method is currently a DeployStudio workflow, but I assume it could easily be repeated in your tool of choice.
This assumes the license monitor server is already configured and working. This process also avoids having to build or package anything special. So in the end not all that different from other methods, just thought I'd include it for reference.
I install these items, in this order. The order only matters for the last two items as the directories won't exist yet, although with DeployStudio you have the option to create them if needed.
Posted on 09-29-2016 12:10 PM
mumbles expletives under breathe about Finale
Posted on 12-08-2016 05:15 AM
@janthenat Thank you for the post, I appreciate it.
One question the GIFF_Samples (in /Applications/Garritan Instruments for Finale/), Are you copying those into their final location or allowing the Garritan_Instruments_for_Finale.pkg to install them? What is your process for this one thing?
Thank you again for the awesome information. Have a very great day today!
Posted on 12-08-2016 06:53 AM
@skinford First off, I captured the folder "GIFF_Samples" and it's contents from a system where the install was done manually, using the installers and whatnot, without any automation. Second, during my automated install this folder and its files are copied directly, and here's why...
The installer Garritan_Instruments_for_Finale.pkg does not install the files into the GIFF_Samples folder but instead kicks off a scripted process which expands all the ".data" files in /Finale2014.5/External/SamplesData/ on the install media turning them into the ".audio" files in the "GIFF_Samples" folder. Automating the install of Garritan_Instruments_for_Finale.pkg using DeployStudio, for whatever reason, does not kick off this other process so I have to copy the files directly.
Make any sense at all?
Posted on 12-08-2016 07:21 AM
@janthenat Makes sense. I created an install using Casper Composer before talking with you because I thought that might have been what you did. So I will test it out now with the steps that you have given.
Thank you so much for all of the assistance. Have a great day today!