TestStand Debug License Pulled Before TestStand Deploy License

Updated May 9, 2023

Reported In


  • TestStand


NI TestStand

Issue Details

I'm trying to activate TestStand Development System. Nevertheles, when I open the Licensing Wizard, I only have the option to activate TestStand Debug Deployment.


For Single Seat License:

  1. Open up NI License Manager.
  2. Press Local Licenses.
  3. Go to your TestStand version and expand it.
  4. Right click on Development System.
  5. Select Activate.

For Network License:

You can prevent your debug licenses from being pulled first in two ways: manual and programmatic.


  1. Open up NI License Manager and expand out the TestStand tree under Network Licenses.
  2. Right click on the concurrent TestStand Debug Deployment license and select the option Do Not Allow License Request

Figure 1 - Do Not Allow License Request in NI License Manager 3.7

Figure 2 - Do not Allow License Request in NI License Manager 4.0


To deploy this change across multiple computers, you can write a script that modifies the checkout behavior with the following steps:
  1. Open up the servers.ini file located at C:\ProgramData\National Instruments\License Manager\Data\
  2. Add the following line to your server configuration file
    • BlockedFeatures = <package_name>;
  3. Find the name of the package you wish to block by opening the license file with administrator privileges, as shown in Figure 3.
  4. Replace <package_name> with the name you found in Step 3.
  5. When you need to access the debug license in place of the deployment license, follow the steps in the manual process, except select to Allow License Request

Figure 3 - Finding the Package Name for the script