Requesting a License From the Volume License Server

Updated Oct 26, 2020



  • Volume License Manager
  • NI License Manager

I am connected to the license server and have software license.  I would like to get access to the license server or receive a disconnected license so I can take the computer offline and still use my NI software.  How can I do this? 

How to Request access to a connected (online) license 

  1. In Volume License Manager on the server, click Groups.  If it is not already created, we will need to create a computer group hat client computers can request to join.
  2. On the client computer, open NI License Manager and select Network Licenses >> Manage.
  1. Select the appropriate group with the license you would like to request. In the case below, we will check the box next to TestStand. You will need to fill out the required information in order to send the request.  The system administrator can customize which options are required . 

  1. The request will be sent to the server to be added to the group.  From NI Volume License Manager on the server, select Permission Requests to approve or deny the group join request. In this case, you will only need to approve the Computer Permission Requests.  
  2. Your users will now be able to request connected licenses, follow the next steps if you also need to create disconnected licenses

Creating a disconnected license file

  1. To grant a disconnected license to a group member, in NI Volume Licence Manager on the server, select Computers and select the computer you would like to grant a disconnected license to and click Disconnect which will start the Disconnection Wizard.
  2. In the Disconnection Wizard, click Next then select Save disconnected license files and select an easily found directory.  If you have email setup on the server, you can also choose to email the license file.
  3. If you chose to save the license file, transfer the generated license file to the corresponding client computer.
  4. On the client computer, open NI License Manager and click the upper left drop-down menu and select Install License File
  1. After installing the license file, select Local Licenses and the disconnected license should be visible and active.

Additional Information

This option for disconnected licensing only works with a Computer Based license and not a user based license.