What is a LAN Zoo Plugin?
This guide describes what a LAN Zoo Plugin is and what is does.
The LAN Zoo keeps your licenses on your private LAN server and lets you share them among the Rhino users on your network.
A LAN Zoo plugin is a software module, developed by a 3rd party, that extends the functionality of the LAN Zoo by allowing it to validate product licenses.
When Rhino and Rhino-based products are installed as workgroup nodes, instead of standalone nodes, licensing works like this:
- When a workgroup node starts, it requests a license from the LAN Zoo.
- An unused license is assigned to the node.
- When a node shuts down, the license is returned to the LAN Zoo’s license pool.
What is required to build a plugin?
LAN Zoo plugins are .NET Framework 4.8 assemblies. Thus, to create a plugin for the LAN Zoo, you will need one of the following development tools:
- Microsoft Visual C#
- Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
Check out the Creating LAN Zoo Plugins guide for instructions building - your guessed it - a LAN Zoo Plugin.