Identify your HostID
This simple guide helps you locate your HostID, a unique machine identifier used to validate your license.
- Node-Locked “Indie” License — The HostID you are looking for is the one of the actual machine where you want to run Maya and Multiverse. If you have multiple Indie/Node-Locked licensed you will need a HostID for each machine.
- Floating License — The HostID you are looking for is the one of a machine in your network which shall be acting as a “server” and spawn licenses across all other machines in your network.
- 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, start a command prompt and type the ipconfig /all command, then press enter. In the command output, look for the “Physical Address”.
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 and make sure to include the output of the ipconfig /all command.
On macOS, start a terminal and type the ifconfig -a command, then press enter. In the command output, look for the “en0” “ether”.
$ ifconfig -a
lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384
inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
gif0: flags=8010<POINTOPOINT,MULTICAST> mtu 1280
stf0: flags=0<> mtu 1280