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AR# 61597

Licensing - Obtaining and Installing Activation-based licenses without internet access


I need to install a license for Vivado tools on a machine in a secure environment that does not have access to the internet.

How do I obtain and install a node locked activation-based license on a machine that has no internet access, or is not connected to the network?

How do I obtain and install a floating activation-based license on a machine that has no internet access, or is not connected to the network?


Obtaining and install a Node locked activation-based license on a machine that has no internet access
  1. Open the Vivado License Manager (VLM) on the machine requiring the license. 
  2. Click on the Obtain license option in VLM. 
  3. Click on  theSave Information  button and save the html file (Xilinx_connect_Later.html is the default name) to a known location. 
  4. Transfer the saved html file to a computer that does have internet access.
  5. Double-click on the html file and it will connect to Xilinx Product Licensing Site with the machine identification of the original computer where the html file was created. 
  6. Generate the activation based license.  You will receive a Xilinx_License.xml file through email. 
  7. Transfer the .xml file to the original machine requiring the license.
  8. Open VLM and select Load License
  9. Click on Activate License and point to the xml file and select Open.

Obtaining and install a Floating activation-based license on a machine that has no internet access
  1. Download the Xilinx License Management Tools appropriate to the system (http://www.xilinx.com/support/download/index.htm). 
    Note: If the computer serving the Activation license(s) has Vivado installed, this step is not required as the license management tools will be installed in the Vivado\<version>\bin\unwrapped\<OS> directory.
  2. Extract the tools, and open a command prompt (cmd) or terminal and navigate to this extracted directory.
  3. Run the following depending on the system (this will set up trusted storage):
    •  Windows:
      installanchorservice.exe xilinxd Xilinx-Design-Suite-Software
    • Linux
  4. Run the following:
    xlicsrvrmgr -cr request.xml
    (this creates a request.xml and request.html).
  5. Copy the request.html file to another machine that has access to the internet.
  6. Open the request.html file and log into the Licensing site, and generate the license.
    You should get a Xilinx_License.xml file via email.
  7. Transfer this Xilinx_License.xml file back to the non-networked machine.
  8. Run:
    xlicsrvrmgr -p Xilinx_License.xml

  9. Check to see that the license has been activated in the trusted storage by running the command:
    xlicsrvrmgr -v

  10.  You can now launch the floating server. 
    If you have an existing certificate based license, you can still use that to run the server via lmgrd, or via LMTOOLS. 
    If you do not have an existing certificate based license, you will need to create a basic .lic file with the contents below to run the server:
a.      SERVER <host_name> <host_id> <port>
VENDOR xilinxd
AR# 61597
Date Created 07/23/2014
Last Updated 08/25/2014
Status Active
Type General Article
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