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VLM Disconnected License File Showing up as Evaluation

Updated Apr 16, 2019

Reported In


  • Volume License Manager
  • NI License Manager 4.0

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I made a disconnected license in Volume License Manager for my offline computer, but when I try to install it my products are showing up in evaluation mode. 


This is a known issue with NI License Manager 4.0.

To fix this issue you can either:
  • Hide the evaluation license files
  1. Locate the license file for the evaluation version for your software. See Avoid Conflicts with Evaluation Licenses While Pointing to a Volume License Server. If you have any issues finding the <ProgramData> folder, or any other folders, see this Microsoft Support Article: Show hidden files.
  2. Rename the evaluation licence file or move it into a new folder. This will stop NI License Manager (NILM) from finding and opening the evaluation version of the software.  
  • Let the evaluation expire
    • By letting the evaluation expire, the license will go into activated mode because it will reference the disconnected license. 
Note: This issue has been fixed for NI License Manager 4.2.

Additional Information

There could be a couple of different reasons for this issue so the following should be checked: 


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