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Posted on Fri, Apr 08 2022 13:36
by Jon @ iMovieShout
Joined on Mon, Jan 18 2016, United Kingdom, Posts 18

Hey Petri,

I've just come across your reply here.

I'm facing the prospect of having to buy x12 iLok dongles.   So, are you saying that it is possible to run my x12 VEPRo7 licenses on my x12 networked Dell servers without the need for buying a load of new iLok dongles?

How do I go about doing this?


Many thanks,


Posted on Fri, Apr 08 2022 17:41
by ANeeman
Joined on Wed, Sep 25 2019, Latvia, Posts 30

No, Jonathan, Petri wrote that it would be nice if licenses could be bound to a computer as it is with many licenses for plugins.

But now you will need to buy 12 iLok dongles to run your 12 servers. Congratulations, sorry! This is the cost for the move. It will cost you some 650 euros.

Posted on Fri, Apr 08 2022 18:42
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires, MA, Posts 1286

But this could be done one server at a time over a long period

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Posted on Mon, Oct 17 2022 22:47
by ANeeman
Joined on Wed, Sep 25 2019, Latvia, Posts 30

Originally Posted by: prahja Go to Quoted Post

... the need of buying these iLOK keys in numbers.

Long time gone since last reply here. Also Paul is silent :(

So, Petri, did you buy a bunch of iLok keys?

BTW, every company is going dongle-free, but we here need to buy iLok keys. Is this a future like 10-20 years back?

Posted on Thu, Dec 22 2022 18:10
by VirtualVirgin
Joined on Fri, Jul 20 2012, Posts 108

I have to echo the concerns stated in this post about iLok dongles.

"iLok inconveniences *legit* customers"

This is something that needs to be more fully understood, particularly in the context of the purpose of a software such as VEP which *is meant to be distributed among multiple computers*. It seems that VSL have not done the work to problem solve this adaptation as the new scheme is crippling the main purpose of the software by incurring a hefty tax for running multiple servers. 12x iLok dongles is a mess and makes VEP look *very* unattractive for people running serious systems that need to upgrade into the future. I have been on the fence about using VEP7 in a large upcoming server farm in new studio, but this iLok situation is intolerable, so I will be working with other solutions. 

Even Steinberg found it suitable to go dongle-less while also not requiring an internet connection.


Please retrace your steps, admit there were mistakes made and make an effort move forward with an alternative method which does not incur such a large penalty to operate.

Posted on Thu, Dec 22 2022 19:11
by Ben
Joined on Sat, Mar 06 2021, Los Angeles, Posts 130
Hi there!
A copy-protection that is breached in less then 24h after release is not a suitable solution imo.
- Ben
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