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How to claim and activate a node-locked Activation ID license?

by Technical Evangelist on ‎09-18-2018 12:54 PM - edited 2 weeks ago by Technical Evangelist (2,930 Views)


How to claim a node-locked Activation ID license from the Licensing Portal and activate it from the application licensing wizard?


The Hexagon Geospatial version 2018 (and newer) products introduced a new licensing methodology that no longer requires license (.lic) files.  This new licensing method uses an Activation ID that is claimed from the Licensing Portal for the application that you wish to license. If your license is node-locked it can be activated using the Activation ID directly from the licensing wizard that is displayed upon first run of the application (after the application is installed).


Note: Commercial sales of ERDAS IMAGINE are limited to concurrent licenses only, so this article does not apply if you are running ERDAS IMAGINE as a customer of a commercial (non-educational) account.


The steps for obtaining a node-locked license Activation ID and then activating that license via the application licensing wizard are described below.


  1. Login in to the Licensing Portal using your Hexagon Geospatial Community login/password via the URL:

The Licensing Portal is divided into 2 main views which can be changed / selected using the light gray buttons on the line below your account name.

  • 'View Claimed Licenses' shows product lines for licenses that have already been generated.
  • 'Manage Licenses' allows for display of product details.


  1. Click the ‘Manage Licenses’ button to display the list of available products.


  1. Find the row for the Product that you intend to license by using the Search field to filter by product name if needed. Refer to the ‘Available for Licensing’ column to see the number of unclaimed licenses that remain for the product. The 'License Type' column value of 'NL'' can be used to determine which products are licensed as node-locked.
  • The ‘Available for Licensing’ column can be used to see the number of unclaimed licenses that remain for the product.
  • The 'License Type' column value of 'NL' can be used to see which products are licensed as node-locked. 
  1. Click on the row for the Product that want to license. This will open the Details page for that product with a list of command buttons.


  1. Click on the ‘Create Licenses’ button to open the ‘Create Licenses’ dialog.


  1. On the ‘Create Licenses’ dialog use the ‘Select Target Version’ dropdown list to select the desired version. 


  1. Use the ‘Select Quantity’ field to specify the number of licenses desired.


  1. In the ‘Set Contact’ field you can optionally enter a contact to assign to the license that is being created. The Contact list is searchable for contacts associated to your account and you can use the ‘Create New Contact’ button to create new contacts here as well. The email address for the contact entered in this field will also be sent a copy of the Activation ID email if you use the Email option to send the Activation ID to yourself.


  1. To have the license Activation ID emailed to you (and emailed to the assigned Contact), click the Email Licenses checkbox labeled ‘Yes, please’.


  1. Once you have the desired options populated, click the 'Create Licenses' button to create the license. After creating the license, it will be visible on the Details page and the Activation Id / Host Id column for the selected product is populated with the Activation ID which is a 42-character string value that can be used to activate the product license. Note that once a license is created it will also be visible from the ‘View Claimed Licenses’ page of the Licensing Portal which provides a summary view of all claimed licenses for your account.


  1. You can now copy the Activation ID string directly from the web interface and paste it into a text file to save it, or alternately you can use the Email option to mail the Activation ID to the email address associated to your Community / Licensing Portal login. An Activation ID string that is emailed will be stored in a .xml file.


  1. Now that you have a node-locked Activation ID available, start the application (e.g. GeoMedia Desktop) and when the dialog appears with the text “Welcome to the Hexagon Geospatial licensing wizard.”, select the second radio button option with the title “Node Locked Activation ID”. Then copy the Activation ID from the text file where you saved it (or copy it from the ActivationIds.xml file that was emailed from the Licensing Portal) then paste that Activation ID into the “Node Locked Activation ID” field. Click the Next button on the dialog and you should see a second dialog with the text “You have completed the Hexagon Geospatial licensing wizard.” Click the Finish button on this dialog to complete the license configuration/activation process.


Note that you can also activate a node-locked license by installing the 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' utility and using that software to activate the license.  The steps for performing that workflow are the same as that documented for a concurrent license in the Knowledge Base article...


How to install Geospatial Licensing Administrator and activate a concurrent license service?


Therefore, please refer to that article if you wish to use the 'Geospatial Licensing Administrator' utility to activate the node-locked license.