Create Disconnected License Files for a Single User in NI VLM

Updated Dec 31, 2018

Reported In


  • Volume License Manager

Issue Details

  • I need to get a local license to activate software on a computer that cannot access the internet. How can I create disconnected license files for a user-based license?
  • I need to access LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI, TestStand, or other NI software without having to be connected to my company's intranet.
  • My computer will not always have access to my company's server, how can I make sure I can always use the NI software that is licensed with an agreement with my company?


Complete the following steps to create a disconnected license file for a single user: 

For VLM 3.1:  Refer to the help manual regarding Disconnected License Files

For VLM 3.0:  Refer to the help manual regarding Disconnected License Files

For VLM 2.1.1 and earlier:
  1. Open NI VLM.
  2. Ensure that your license file contains a user-based license. User based licenses will say Named-User next to the product name.  
If the computer to disconnect is already listed in VLM, skip to step 5.
  1. Click the Add Computer button to create the computer(s) that the generated disconnected license file(s) will be used on, and fill in the computer's information.
  2. Click the Users tab, and put a check next to the user that you previously created, as shown below.  Click OK.  Repeat steps 3-4 for additional computers if needed.   

  1. You will now be able to right-click on the computer(s) and select Disconnect to create a disconnected license file(s).  As the computer is associated with a single user, only a single seat will be consumed. 


Additional Information

The disconnected license file will not affect the existing user's permissions. The user will still be able to check out licenses from NI VLM over the network.

Follow the next document to install the disconnected license file in a computer: Installing and Activating Disconnected License Created with NI VLM