Activated NI OPC Server Starts in Demo Mode

Updated Sep 10, 2020

Reported In


  • NI License Manager
  • OPC Servers

Issue Details

  • I have installed NI OPC Server and have licensed it in NI License Manager (NILM), but when I open NI OPC Server Configuration, I see that it is still in demo mode and has a 2 hour count down timer in the title bar. Once the time expires, NI OPC Server Configuration automatically closes.
  • I have a license for NI OPC Servers (1 driver), and it appears licensed in NILM, but the driver I use to access our PLCs starts up in demo mode which expires after two hours. How can I fix this?


This behaviour occurs when the OPC Server is not being accessed by a licensed user, or the software is unlicensed.

For All License Types:

1. Confirm that you have activated NI OPC Server in License Manager. If the software is not activated please follow the steps listed in the article: Activating NI Software Products
2. Go to the Notification Area in the taskbar and search for the NI OPC Server icon .
3. Right-click on the NI OPC Server icon.
4. Select Stop Runtime Service.
5. Select Exit


Additional Step for Named-User Volume Licenses Only:

This issue can occur if the OPC server appears licensed in NI License Manager but the OPC sever is not logging on using the credentials which are assigned to the OPC license in NI Volume License Manager. The correct credentials can be set up in Services using the steps below: 

1. In the Windows Start Menu open Services.
2. Find the NI OPC Service, right click it and select Properties.
3. Select the Log On tab.
4. Select the This account option and type in the credentials for the user who is assigned the license.

6. Click Apply, then OK.

Additional Information

NI OPC Quick Client will automatically close after 2 hours, regardless of if NI OPC Server is activated or not.