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How to install Geospatial Licensing Administrator 2018 and activate a concurrent 2018 license?

by jmorris on ‎08-09-2018 11:44 AM - edited 3 weeks ago (4,275 Views)


How do I install Geospatial Licensing Administrator 2018 and activate a concurrent 2018 Activation ID license?



The Hexagon Geospatial version 2018 products use a new licensing methodology that no longer requires license (.lic) files.  The new licensing method uses an Activation ID that is claimed from the Licensing Portal for the application that you wish to license and then the license is activated (in the case of concurrent licenses) via the 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' software on the concurrent license server machine.


To use version 2018 Activation ID based licenses you must be running a license service that was created using the 'Geospatial Licensing Administrator 2018' software. This is required because a license service created with previous versions of 'Geospatial Licensing Administrator' (prior to 2018) does not support Activation IDs.


Once you have created a license service using 'Geospatial Licensing Administrator 2018' and activated a 2018 license, that license service can then serve licenses for client systems running previous supported versions of the applications as well.  For example, a license service with a 2018 GeoMedia license can serve client machines running GeoMedia versions 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 (16.5).  Similarly, a license service with a 2018 IMAGINE license can serve client machines running IMAGINE versions back to 2013.


Workflow to use a version 2018 Activation ID claimed from the Licensing Portal:

You do not need to remove any existing Hexagon Geospatial License Administrator software or stop any existing Intergraph License Service before performing the detailed steps listed below. If there is an earlier version of the Geospatial License Administrator software installed and/or an existing Intergraph License Service running on the machine the installer for Geospatial Licensing Administrator 2018 will automatically uninstall the previous version of Geospatial Licensing Administrator and stop/remove the existing Intergraph License Service before creating/starting the new license service.


Note: You must be logged in as an administrator on the system to modify or launch licensing services.


  1. If you have not already done so, download version of the 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' utility from this link...



Note: If you have downloaded/installed the 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' software previously, make sure that it is not a version prior to  If you do have an earlier version installed, then you will want to make sure that you install version since it contains several fixes to resolve problems in prior 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' builds.


Once you have downloaded and unzipped the 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' software, install it on the machine that you want to use as the concurrent license server by double-clicking the setup.vbs file from the root folder of the installation files.


Running 'setup.vbs' will automatically check for the required .NET Framework software and install it if it does not already exist on the machine.


  1. Run the 'Geospatial License Administrator 2018' utility.


  1. Select License > Activate Licenses to open the Activate Licenses dialog.


  1. From this dialog click the Add button to open the 'Add Activation ID' dialog.


  1. Then copy the Activation ID that you obtained from the Licensing Portal into the field and click OK.


The Activation ID for a concurrent license will be prefixed with CC and will look something like the following ‘CC_cf32-f597-8a4d-4fc4-a034-161c-f7b7-2e51’.


If you have other products that you want to host on the same license server you can repeat this step for each product by clicking Add, copying the respective Activation ID from the License Portal and pasting the value into the Activation ID field, then clicking OK. *


  1. Once you have one or more Activation IDs showing in the grid (within the Activation ID’ column), click the Activate button at the bottom of the dialog to activate the licenses.


  1. Now click the Close button on the Activate Licenses dialog. The license service should now be active and the License Sources list should show the name of the license server for the concurrent license service required by the 2018 applications (with the list of licensed products that were activated shown below the server name).


  1. When each client application is started, and the dialog is displayed asking for the Concurrent License Server, enter the node name of the license server (that was created in step 6) into the Concurrent License Server field.


Bulk Activation: There is also an option to Activate all 2018 licenses at once via the use of the Browse File option at the bottom of the Activate Licenses dialog.  To use the Browse File option, you must have first selected all desired 2018 licenses on the Licensing Portal by placing a check in the box to the left of each product on the Claimed Licenses page and then selecting the 'Email Licenses' button.  This will send a .xml file containing all selected 2018 licenses to the email address associated to your Licensing Portal login. You can then enter this .xml file into the ‘Import Activation File' field from the 'Define Import Activation File' dialog that appears when 'Browse File' option is selected from the Activate Licenses dialog.


Details of this workflow can be found in the Knowledge Base article linked below with the title...How to Activate concurrent 2018 Activation ID licenses using an ActivationIDs.xml file?




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