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When PaperCut MF is offline

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This page covers what happens when an Application Server can’t connect to the Global Entitlements Service, when a server reconnects to the service, and when it goes offline.

When the Application Server can’t connect to the Global Entitlements Service

When the Application Server can’t connect to the Global Entitlements server, PaperCut MF’s everyday functionality is not affected; it works as normal.

When an Application Server fails to connect to the Global Entitlement Service 4 times in a row, the server caches its current state and no longer syncs with the Global Entitlement Service.

It will not automatically try to reconnect again, even when the connection is restored.

When upgrading to PaperCut MF v24.0 or later and the Application Server is offline

When the Application Server is upgraded from a previous version, to version 24.0.1 or later, it will try and connect to the Global Entitlements Service. If it cannot connect, the Application Server will enter a 30 day grace period where trial license entitlements will apply.

After the Application Server can connect to the Global Entitlements Service, you need to manually restart the PaperCut Application Server to validate the existing license.

If a connection is not allowed within 30 days, the PaperCut MF admin interface becomes restricted. Printing is not impacted, and device logins and user interface logins still work as expected.

Note that the Application Server does not need to connect to the Global Entitlements Service when performing further upgrades of version 24 and later. For example, if you’re on version 24.0.1 and have already activated your license/subscription, you don’t need to be online to upgrade to version 24.0.2.

Reconnecting to the Global Entitlements Service

When the server is next online, it needs to be manually synced with the Global Entitlements Server. There are two ways to manually reconnect:

  • To force refresh:

    a. In the admin web interface, go to the About > Registration page.
    b. In the Subscriptions area, click Sync. The updated entitlements are displayed.

  • Restart the Application Server or restart the PaperCut Application Server service .

Entitlements when a server goes offline

For restrictions regarding entitlements, take a look at Entitlements for offline Application Servers.

If one Application Server (one site) goes offline, any other online sites can claim the remaining entitlements from all subscriptions.

Subscription expiry when the Application Server is offline

The expiry behavior is the same as for online Application Servers. See When subscriptions expire.

PaperCut MF will continue to operate offline until your subscription expires.

To renew or change a subscription, the Application Server must be connected and synced with the Global Entitlements Service.

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