Licensing Server being Deprecated
All good things come to an end: after over a decade of automatic license management by the Licensing Server, Plato offers a new way to refresh licenses.
Plato Version 10 apps have always managed licenses by making https requests to a Plato licensing server. The license is an encrypted response that gets saved into the customer network. This process has been used successfully for over a decade.
However, Plato is now deprecating this technique.
The issue is that encrypted packets are of particular interest to increasingly sophisticated security suites deployed by customers to protect data and systems.
While these systems allow whitelisting of servers and encrypted messages such as those used by Plato, future rule updates or additional security layers could quietly block the license response. At least one customer reports that this has occurred during a security system upgrade.
Customer sysops can often recognize and remedy these sorts of issues very quickly, but significant user inconvenience can be expected if a license expires or is disrupted and cannot be renewed immediately.
As of V10.2.60, Plato licenses are no longer retrieved as encrypted packets from the licensing server. For further details, please see this link.