Installing and Activating a Disconnected License Created with NI VLM

Updated Jul 22, 2022



  • Volume License Manager
  • NI License Manager

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?

1. Generating the Disconnected License File:

In order to create a Disconnected License please work through the steps in the article: Getting Started with NI VLM: Creating a Disconnected or Home License . Once you have created the file  please follow the steps below to give the client access to the licensed software.

2. 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.

3. 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.

To check that the disconnected license has been installed correctly and the software is activated, please look at the license file as it will contain text indicating that it is disconnected.

Note: 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 and then install the newer one with the desired name.

Additional Information

Server Migration:

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 versions of the software in your license agreement and any previous versions.



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

In License Manager 3.7 and earlier, licenses will be displayed 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 by the Software Admin in VLM when the license file was created. For an Enterprise Agreement disconnected license, the software that the license is activating will not show up green on the box next to it. As long as the Disconnected License file is either fully yellow or green, the software should launch without any issue.

Note: When you lunch NI Software (e.g. LabVIEW) you will be prompted with a popup by NI License Manager requesting you to license the software, at this stage select "Don't remind me".