About Key Servers - KBA 11799

Just like a regular key unlocks a door, a Key Server unlocks a program. It's small (only about 800 kb), installs in your computer, and unlocks site-licensed programs when you need them. A site-licensed program is any program that you do not buy or install outright from the Software Center, but share the use of with the rest of the university community.

If you download software that requires KeyAccess, you will be told to download it. You need to be connected to the internet to use KeyAccess.

Installing Keyserver Client

  • Using your web browser, visit softwarecenter.case.edu.
  • You may be prompted to enter your CWRU Network ID and password on the single sign-in page. You will be required to use virtual private networking (VPN) if off-campus. Set up VPN at vpnsetup.case.edu.
  • Agree to the end-user license agreement (EULA).
  • Locate Keyserver Client 6.1. Click on the Windows or Apple icon, depending on your operating system.
  • New page appears. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Download Keyserver Client 6.1.
  • When prompted to run the file from its current location or save to disk, Choose Save. Take note of where the file is saved.
  • When prompted, run the program by clicking Yes. If your system does not prompt you to run the program, find the file you downloaded (K2Client_v61.exe) and double-click it.
  • In the KeyServer Information window, type keyserver.case.edu under Host DNS Name or IP Address. Make sure Protocol: is set to TCP/IP and Store settings in: is set to Registry, shared by all users. Click Next.
  • In the Custom Setup window, click Next.
  • Click Install to start installation.
  • When installation is complete, click Finish.
  • You need to log on to Keyserver to use it. It should log on automatically when you restart your computer. Otherwise, you can logon to KeyAccess manually.

Logon to KeyAccess manually

  • From the desktop, click Start and Control Panel.
  • On the Control Panel, double-click the Key Access icon.
  • In the KeyAccess Setup window, click Logon.