Installing and Activating a Disconnected License Created with NI VLM

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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  • Volume License Manager

Issue Details

I am creating a disconnected license from NI Volume License Manager (VLM) so that I can use my laptop or other machine offline from my network. What do I need to do as software administrator for the end user to be able to install and activate the disconnected license file?


Follow these two steps in order to give the client access to the licensed software:
  1. Move the disconnected license file to the target (end-user's) computer
  2. Install the license file on the target machine.

Moving the Disconnected License File:

​Manually copy the file and export it to target machine. You can do this by attaching it to an email, sharing it over a network, or copying it to a portable storage device like a USB drive. The VLM help document provides useful links on how to set up and manage a disconnected license.
Installing the License File:
In order to install the license file, open NI License Manager on the target machine by going to Start >> All Programs >> National Instruments >> NI License Manager. Then perform one of the following two steps:
  • Drag and drop the license file into the NI License Manager window.
  • Navigate to Options >> Install License File and browse to the license file. See the image below for more details.

After the license is successfully installed, NI License Manager will display the license entry with a yellow square icon if the license is set to expire on a certain date, or a green square icon if the license does not expire.  (These settings were set in VLM when creating the license file.)  Additionally, the license will contain text indicating that it is disconnected.

Additional Information

If you are an end user needing a disconnected license, you will need to contact your software administrator to generate one for you.

Note that you cannot install a second license file which has the same name as an already installed one. A solution would be to rename the file before you install it.  Alternatively, if you would like the new license file to have the same name as a previous version you would first need to uninstall the older license first and then install the newer one with the desired name.

When migrating to a new server, the old disconnected license files will still be valid. However, you will need to use the new server to generate updated disconnected licenses.

Licenses can be used for current version of the software in your license agreement and any previous versions.


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