How Do I Install and Activate TestStand Base Deployment Engine?

Updated Oct 3, 2018

Reported In


  • NI License Manager
  • TestStand

Issue Details

  • I have a serial number for the TestStand Base Deployment Engine, but I did not receive any physical media to install the software. Where do I download TestStand Base Deployment Engine?
  • I activated my TestStand Base Deployment Engine but I can't open TestStand. 


To Install and Activate TestStand Base Deployment Engine:

  1. Download the full version of TestStand you need from the NI website.
  2. Open NI License Manager.
  3. Go to the Local Licenses tab.
  4. Under the TestStand section, you should see the options Base Deployment Engine, Custom Sequence Editor, Debug Deployment, and Development System.
  5. Right click Base Deployment System, select Activate, and enter your serial number in the pop up.

Fig 1: View of TestStand section in NI License Manager

To Run TestStand Base Deployment Engine:

If you try to open TestStand you may receive the following message:

With the TestStand Base Deployment Engine you need to open the Operator User Interface (UI). The path to the proper application can be found here:
C:\Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\TestStand 2017 (32-bit)\UserInterfaces\Full-Featured\LabVIEW

Additional Information

Note: You can also search for TestStand Operator in your Windows search bar to get the operator interface.



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