Identify your HostID
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  • NOTE — This guide applies only to the Pro Version of Multiverse. The Free Version uses online cloud validation and only require you to register with your e-mail, a license will be automatically sent there. See: +Licensing the Multiverse Free Version.

This simple guide helps you locate the HostID, a unique machine identifier for the license server that will spawn floating licenses in your network for the Multiverse Pro Version.  

  • Trivia — the HostID is typically the “MAC address” where MAC stands for “Media Access Control” network identifier, and really is totally unrelated to the Apple Macintosh.

On Windows

On Windows, start a command prompt and type the ipconfig /all command, then press enter. In the command output, look for the “Physical Address”.

C:\ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Multiverse-PC
Primary Dns Suffix:
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix:
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection
Physical Address . . . . . . . .  . . . : 00-BA-DD-EC-AF-00
...

In the example above (on line 13) the HostID would be 00BADDECAF00 (you shall ignore the dashes).

  • Multiple physical addresses — If the ipconfig /all command output shows multiple physical addresses you shall look for:
  • The "Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection" (if you are on a Desktop and generally use a wired connection)
  • The "Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection" (if you are on a laptop and generally use a wireless connection)
  • If you have two network cards, and only one has an associated IP address then use the MAC address of the card with the IP address.

  • “Media State: Media disconnected” — If an adapter has “Media State: Media disconnected" you probably don't want to use that HostID address. If you're not sure simply contact us and make sure to include the output of the ipconfig /all command.

On Linux

On Linux, start a terminal and type the ifconfig -a command, then press enter. In the command output, look for the “ether” or “Ethernet HWaddr” (the exact output also depends from your Linux distribution).

[joebang@localhost ~] ifconfig -a

ens33: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet 172.16.201.243  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 172.16.201.255
        inet6 fe80::b22:2348:cc24:6457  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 00:DE:AD:BE:EF:00  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 475  bytes 69367 (67.7 KiB)
...

eth1 Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:BA:DD:EC:AF:00