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Licensing updates

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Licensing updates

Licensing updates

Tekla Structures 2019 introduces online licensing in some of the configurations. In Tekla License Borrow Tool , you can now specify the license server and the product ID file more easily in the new Setup dialog box. Some product names in licensing have also been changed.

Tekla online licensing

Tekla Structures 2019 has a new option for using Tekla Structures through online licensing. This is at the moment available for some configurations only, and you need a valid Trimble Identity.

  • Download and install Tekla Structures 2019.

  • When you start Tekla Structures 2019 for the first time, you now have a new option Use your Tekla online license available for using Tekla online licensing instead of on-premises licensing.

  • If you have a previous version of Tekla Structures installed and you have been using an on-premises license server (FlexNet), Tekla Structures 2019 will use the same license server and show the configuration selection screen.

  • If you have not been using Tekla Structures , you will see the above options. Your administrator should inform you which license you have.

  • The Use your Tekla online license option is at the moment enabled for some licenses only:

    • Educational (Tekla Campusonline portal service for students to learn Tekla Structures

      Tekla Campus offers a student license for downloading a Tekla Structures learning edition, and it includes a learning environment for Tekla BIM tools.

      Tekla Campus is one of the Tekla online services.

      ) - You get this license by registering at campus.tekla.com

    • Partner - Your employer joins the Tekla Partners Program at developer.tekla.com. Once approved, your administrator can assign a license to you in the Tekla Admin Tool.

    • EPM Modeler - This configuration is only available with Tekla PowerFab.

  • When you select Use your Tekla online license and click OK , a log in dialog box is displayed. Enter your Trimble Identityuser account to Tekla online services and other Trimble services

    For a Tekla Structures user, Trimble Identity is a single sign-on account which enables the user’s online identity management. The organization that the user’s Trimble Identity belongs to, determines the user’s access rights. Trimble Identity is needed, for example, for Tekla Campus and Tekla Warehouse, and to log in to Tekla User Assistance.

    and your password. In the start-up dialog box, you can see the configurations that are available for you.

  • You can also change the licensing type later on through File > Change license server , or by clicking the Change license server option in the Tekla Structures start-up dialog box.

Offline use

  • Partner works without an active internet connection for 7 days at a time: open a model and select the Stay signed in check box when signing in online.

  • Educational works offline for 24 hours.

  • EPM Modeler works offline for 24 hours.

For administrators

The advanced option XS_LICENSE_SERVER_SELECTION can be used to override the behavior of Tekla Structures at start-up and to disable the option:

  • Use your on-premises license server : The license server info must already be specified in order for this to work.

  • Use your Tekla online license : Tekla Structures will prompt for sign in to Trimble Identity.

When this advanced option is set to either 1 or 2, Tekla Structures will not show the dialog at start-up, unless the license server info is missing or there is a problem connecting to Trimble Identity. The value 1 will enable the Use your on-premises license server option and 2 the Use your Tekla online license option. For this advanced option to work, it has to be set using one of the following methods:

  • Windows environment variable:

    • Windows 10: Open Settings , search for “Edit the system environment variables”, click Environment Variables , add a user or system variable, enter XS_LICENSE_SERVER_SELECTION for the name, and 1 or 2 for the value.

    • Previous versions of Windows: Open Control Panel , click System > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables , add a user or system variable, enter XS_LICENSE_SERVER_SELECTION for the name, and 1 or 2 for the value.

  • Batch file for starting Tekla Structures :

    • Create a batch file (a text file that has either .bat or .cmd file extension) with the following content:


      start /D "C:\Program Files\Tekla Structures\2019\nt\bin\" TeklaStructures.exe

      exit /B 0

Also see the following articles:

Updates in Tekla License Borrow Tool

To borrow a license using Tekla License Borrow Tool , you need to specify the license server and the product ID file ( .tpi ) that is specific for the license server. Now you can do this in one dialog box.

  • Open Tekla License Borrow Tool.

  • When you open Tekla License Borrow Tool for the first time, the new Setup dialog box is displayed, where you can enter the port number and the hostname (computer name) of the license server in the Server box in the format port@hostname, for example, 27007@server_hostname. Then click Browse and select the product ID file.

    When you click OK , the Products area in the Tekla License Borrow Tool is updated showing the available licenses, which you can now borrow.

  • There is also a new button Setup in the window, which you can use to change the license server or the product ID. You no longer need to restart to borrow from another license server.

  • You can now return all licenses at the same time to multiple license servers.

For more information about license borrowing, see Borrowing licenses for using Tekla Structures offline.

Product name changes in licensing

Old name New name
Tekla Structures License Server Tekla License Server
Tekla Structures Licensing Service Tekla Licensing Service
Tekla Structures License Administration Tool Tekla License Administration Tool
Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool Tekla License Borrow Tool

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by Giorgio De Lorenzi

It's not clear if the "Use your Tekla online license" option is enabled for the Educational (Campus) and Partner licenses only or for which other, because of these kind of licenses are specified as "example" and there isn't any list of enabled licenses.
Furthermore there isn't any instruction on how the administrator should enable the license before user could use it.

by Päivi from Tekla User Assistance

Hi Giorgio,
You were reading the beta version of the release notes text. I just uploaded the latest RN text, please have a look. There are also instructions for administrators included.
Hope this helps!

Best regards,

by Giorgio De Lorenzi

Thank you!