VLM Disconnected License File Showing up as Evaluation

Updated Mar 11, 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.

  • Hide the evaluation license files
  1. Locate the license file for the evaluation version for your software. See Windows Local National Instruments License Files Storage Location. 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. 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 NILM 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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