8.6 Modifying your floating license file

Before you can use your license file, you must modify it.


You normally retrieve your license yourself from the ARM web licensing portal.
If you are adding this license to a floating license server that is already used for licensing FlexNet managed tools, the same utilities must be used for all tools. You must therefore ensure that all of the floating license server utilities are upgraded to the latest version used by the any of the various tools that you have.


You must not change anything already present in the license file other than the server name and port number, otherwise the license file becomes invalid.


  1. Move the license file to a known location on the server. A suitable place for the license file is the same directory as your floating license server software.
    The suggested file name is license.dat, and this name is used throughout this document to refer to the license file. If you want to call the file something else, substitute your file name for license.dat.
  2. Open a text editor to modify your license.dat file.
  3. Replace this_host in the license file with the corresponding server name.


    If the host ID in the license file is incorrect or if the server host ID has changed, you must apply to ARM for a new license file.
  4. Add the port number after each host ID. By default, the port number is 8224. If you do not define a port, the operating system chooses one in the range from 27000 to 27009. This number might change if the server is rebooted.
  5. Save your edited license file as a plain text file.


    If you make a mistake when editing your license file, you can download the original license file again from the ARM web licensing portal.

Example 8-1 Examples

For example, a web-generated license file might contain the following line:
SERVER this_host 001002A34BC5
If you want to use port number 8224 on your floating license server called synchrotron, you must change the line to:
SERVER synchrotron 001002A34BC5 8224
Although you cannot edit your license file except as permitted, you can add certain elements to your license file, such as paths to an options file or vendor daemon. See the FlexNet License Administration Guide for details.
Related tasks
2.2 Manually obtaining a license from the ARM web licensing portal
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