Matlab site license FAQ

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UAB Mathworks site license FAQ

What is MATLAB? 
A high level language and interactive programming environment for engineering and science. MATLAB is a product of Mathworks [1]
Which license are we getting? 
Total Academic Headcount (TAH) Campus License.
What is a TAH Campus license? 
Allows for campus wide access for MATLAB on university owned machines to all faculty, staff and students. Faculty are also entitled to install Programs on personally owned computers
Does this license include Simulink? 
Which toolboxes are available? 
We will be getting the base and standard set of products included in the TAH. The license will also include several additional toolboxes and blocksets. The specific set of add on products is under discussion. See the list of available and proposed software [2].
Does this license include upgrades? I need to be on the same version as other sites. 
Yes, upgrades are included in the license. You can also use legacy versions. See below for details about pre 2008a versions.
How do I obtain a toolbox that is not listed? 
faculty and staff can purchase a child license
Who can use this software? 
The Campus TAH allows for faculty, staff, and students to use the software.
Where can I install this software? 
The Campus TAH allows faculty, staff, and graduate students using the software for research to install the software on university computers, laptops, and their own personal computers. Other students may install the software on university computers (but not laptops).
How do I install this software?
Request an activation key.
Create a Mathworks account using your address if you do not have one already.
Associate to the campus-wide license using your activation key.
Download, install, and activate the MATLAB software.
This is a standalone license and not a network license server license. With a standalone license MATLAB can be used off of the network.
Can MATLAB be installed on a server? (i.e. can I set up a network license server?) 
Yes, contact the license administrator for assistance.
Can I activate the software offline? 
Yes, contact the license administrator for assistance.
Do I need to create a Mathworks account? 
You will need an account with your address as the username to activate the software.
If I have MATLAB already do I need to transition to the TAH license? 
No, you can keep your old license.
You may also use your current license until it expires and then switch to the TAH license.
Alternatively, you may opt to "store" the unused portion of the license that is duplicated by the TAH license.
What happens if I have already purchased a tool that’s not on the site license, do I need to buy it again? 
No. Existing licenses can be maintained and used with the TAH. Licenses for tools not included in the TAH can be maintained according to Mathworks' conventional academic pricing model and license use restrictions.
How do I activate a system that is not connected to the network? 
Contact the license administrator.
What happens when you put your license in storage? Is there a grace period for transition to the TAH? 
Yes, you will have a few days to a month to transition to the new license, depending on how long it takes Mathworks to process the paperwork. :) Remember that perpetual licenses will not be affected.
Are new purchases forced to be child licenses of the TAH or can they be independent? 
They can be independent. You can purchase software from Mathworks independently from the TAH if you choose to.
Who is tech support for migration? Can I just contact Mathworks? 
Mathworks has a dedicated support group to assist you with the transition. support for help.
Is having an address sufficient to allow activation? 
No, while students may use the software after it is installed, students will not be able to activate the software
Who enforces compliance with 'no commercial use' rules? 
UAB must make reasonable efforts to prevent inappropriate use of the software
Is this a perpetual license? 
Who is the license administrator you keep mentioning? 

How do I ask a question that is not on this list? 
You can simply email your question to for inclusion. Please put matlab site license in the subject line. Alternatively, if you are comfortable using wikis, then log in with your blazer id by clicking the login link in the upper right hand corner. (The other login links will not work.) And add your question to the bottom of the list. One of the site license working group members will try to answer any questions posted.
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