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Activate Tekla licenses

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

Activate Tekla licenses

Activate Tekla licenses

You need to activate the licenses on the license server to be able to use them. There is no activation for online licenses (such as licenses for Tekla Model Sharingcloud service for collaboration and for storing and sharing a model

Tekla Model Sharing is one of the Tekla online services.

).

How license activation works

When you activate the licenses, your license server contacts the activation server at Trimble Solutions, and the license rights are transferred to the license server in your company network or on your computer. You can activate licenses in Tekla License Administration Tool , which is installed together with the license server.

  • Internet access is required in license activation because the license server at your company needs to contact the activation server at Trimble Solutions.

  • The activation server at Trimble Solutions tracks the activation status of your licenses. You are not allowed to activate any version of the same license again without first deactivating it. Deactivate the licenses before you make any major changes to the computer that runs the Tekla license server.

  • You do not need to activate all the licences at once. You can activate part of the licenses now and part of the licenses later on some other computer, for example. Different configurations and different versions need to be selected for activation separately.

Activate licenses

To activate a license, you must have the corresponding license entitlement certificate file EntitlementCertificate.html. The entitlement certificate is sent in an e-mail to the person in your organization who has made the license purchase, or to someone they have named as the contact person. The entitlement certificate states the configurations, quantities and identifiers of the licenses you are entitled to use.

  • We recommend that you save the entitlement certificate file EntitlementCertificate.html to the ..\Tekla\License\Server folder. You will need the file again if you later need to move the licenses to a different computer.

    If you have licenses in several entitlement files, rename the files as necessary to avoid overwriting.

  • You can activate licenses using either manual or automatic server notification. Do not use automatic notification if you are using some other FlexNet license and license server administration tool, such as FlexNet Manager. Otherwise, we recommend using automatic notification. You can find the instructions for both procedures below.

Activate Tekla licenses using automatic server notification

You can activate Tekla Structures licenses in Tekla License Administration Tool , which is included in the license server installation. To activate the license, the license server at your company contacts the activation server at Trimble Solutions through the internet.

Note:

Do not use automatic notification if you are using some other FlexNet license and license server administration tool, such as FlexNet Manager. To notify the license server about license changes manually, see Activate Tekla licenses using manual server notification.

To activate the licenses and notify the license server automatically:

  1. Go to Tekla Licensing > Tekla License Administration Tool through the Start menu or Start screen , depending on your Windows operating system.
  2. Make sure the automatic license server notification is enabled. Check the status on theNotify Server button in the toolbar and click the button if necessary.
  3. Click Open and open the EntitlementCertificate.html file that contains the license. The license information is displayed in the Entitled Licenses area.

  4. Click the Activate cell and select the number of licenses to activate.

  5. Click the Activate button.

    Your license server contacts the license activation server at Trimble Solutions.

  • The activated licenses are displayed in the Activated Licenses area.

  • We recommend that you back up the trusted storage ( ..\ProgramData\FLEXnet\ ) in a safe place away from the computer running the license server. Backups can help you restore your licenses on the same server if active licenses are accidentally erased.

  • When you open Tekla License Administration Tool later on, it detects expired and broken licenses you may have and asks if you want to deactivate or repair them. If you select Yes , an automatic deactivation or repair is run.

Activate Tekla licenses using manual server notification

You have to use manual notification if you are using some other FlexNet license and license server administration tool, such as FlexNet Manager.

To activate the licenses and notify the server manually:

  1. Go to Tekla Licensing > Tekla License Administration Tool through the Start menu or Start screen , depending on your Windows operating system.
  2. Make sure the automatic license server notification is disabled. Check the status on theNotify Server button in the toolbar and click the button if necessary.
  3. Click Open and open the EntitlementCertificate.html file that contains the license. The license information is displayed in the Entitled Licenses area.

  4. Click the Activate cell and select the number of licenses to activate.

  5. Click the Activate button.

    Your license server contacts the license activation server at Trimble Solutions.

  6. Next, you need to notify the server. This has to be done each time you activate a license.
    1. Go to Tekla Licensing > LMTOOLS through the Start menu or Start screen , depending on your Windows operating system.
    2. On the Service/License File tab, ensure that Configuration using services and Tekla Licensing Service are selected.
    3. In the LMTOOLS dialog box, go to the Start/Stop/Reread tab.
    4. Click ReRead License File.

      The license server reads the license information.

  • The activated licenses are displayed in the Activated Licenses area.

  • We recommend that you back up the trusted storage ( ..\ProgramData\FLEXnet\ ) in a safe place away from the computer running the license server. Backups can help you restore your licenses on the same server if active licenses are accidentally erased.

  • When you open Tekla License Administration Tool , it detects expired and broken licenses you may have and asks if you want to repair or deactivate them. If you select Yes , an automatic deactivation or repair is run.

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