Entry type: FAQ, Entry ID: 19021092, Entry date: 05/28/2004
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Difference between ALM and SIMATIC Logon

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QUESTION:  
What are the differences between theAutomation License Manager (ALM) and SIMATIC Logon?

ANSWER:  
The Automation License Manager is the tool supplied for STEP 7 V5.3 for managing the License Keys in STEP 7. The use of SIMATIC Logon requires a fee. It provides user administration for both the SIMATIC Software and the License Keys. The following brief description of the functions shows the differences between both programs.

Automation License Manager V1.0

  • Transfer of License Keys to the local hard disc.
  • Transfer of License Keys via network PC (ALM must be installed on the server).

Fig. 1: Settings of ALM V1.0

Automation License Manager V1.1

  • Transfer of License Keys to the local hard disc.
  • Transfer of License Keys to a network PC (ALM must be installed on the server).
  • Use of License Keys on a network PC (ALM must be installed on the server).

Fig. 1: Settings of ALM V1.1

SIMATIC Logon

SIMATIC Logon is a software-package that assigns authorizations for SIMATIC applications and facility areas. It includes following components:

  • SIMATIC Logon Service
    The basis package with central access protection for SIMATIC applications and plant areas.
  • SIMATIC Logon Service STEP 7.
    An option package for embedding SIMATIC Logon Service into the SIMATIC Manager.
  • SIMATIC Logon Admin Tool - permits tasks administration.
    An option package that facilitates the assignment of authorizations (Windows-Groups, function-related rights , ...) for the tasks of an application (SIMATIC BATCH, WinCC, ...). 
    The access protection can be started by logging into the Logon-feature (keyboard), via a chip card-reader or via other devices.

Note:
Using the option packages requires the installation of the basic package. 


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