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Version: 8.1

Transfer a License Key Between Two Gateways

License Key Transfer Process

Situations sometimes arise where your current Gateway or server is no longer able to fulfill your needs. In these cases, you may be required to set up a new server and move your license key over from your old Gateway.

Transferring your license key combines two parts: the unactivation steps and activation steps, which are covered on the Licensing and Activation User Manual page. License keys can be transferred from an online (connected to the Internet) Gateway to an offline (not connected to the Internet) Gateway, and vice versa.

Part 1: Removing the Active License

To move your license key to a different Gateway, do the following steps, depending on if your Gateway is online or offline:

Part 1a: Online Unactivation

  1. Unactivate your license key from your old Gateway by going to the Config section > System > Licensing. You will be able to see any licenses that are currently applied.

  2. Click the Unactivate button (trash can icon) under Applied Licenses.

    Part 1a Online Unactivation Step 2

  3. A confirmation window will appear, asking you to confirm the unactivation. Click the Yes, Unactivate button. It may take a minute or so for the request to finish.

    Part 1a Online Unactivation Step 3

  4. The unactivation request will be sent to Inductive Automation's licensing servers, and the license will again be available for activation on another Gateway.

Part 1b: Offline Unactivation

In the event your Gateway is unable to reach our licensing server, you will need to perform an offline unactivation. Be sure not to skip any of the following steps, as skipping a step may result in your license key going into Emergency Activation Mode when activating it on the new Gateway.

  1. Go to your Gateway's Config section > System > Licensing. You will be able to see any licenses that are currently applied.

  2. Click the Unactivate button (trash can icon) under Applied Licenses.

    Part 1b Offline Unactivation Step 2

  3. A confirmation window will appear, asking you to confirm the unactivation. Click the Yes, Unactivate button. It may take a minute or so for the request to finish.

    Part 1b Offline Unactivation Step 3

  4. An unactivation request file, called unactivation_message.txt will be generated and downloaded.

  5. Take the unactivation_message.txt file to a machine with Internet access and go to https://links.inductiveautomation.com/activation.

  6. Click Choose File and select the unactivation_message.txt file.

    Part 1b Offline Unactivation Step 6

  7. You will see a visual confirmation that your unactivation_message.txt file has been successfully uploaded, and the license key can now be activated on a different Gateway.

    Part 1b Offline Unactivation Step 7

Part 2: Moving the License

Now that your license has been unactivated from the old Gateway, you are ready to activate the license on a separate Gateway.

Part 2a: Online Activation

If the new Gateway that will house your license key is online, do the following steps:

  1. Go to the Gateway webpage and select the Config section.

  2. From the menu on the left, select System > Licensing. The Licensing page will appear, from which you will need to click Activate License.

    Part 2a Online Activation Step 2

  3. The Activate a License page will be shown. Enter the license key from the old Gateway and click Submit.

    Part 2a Online Activation Step 3

  4. If you are connected to the Internet, click the Activate button.

    Part 2a Online Activation Step 4

  5. The Licensing page will refresh, and your license key will be successfully activated.

    Part 2a Online Activation Step 5

Part 2b: Offline Activation

If the new Gateway that will house your license key is offline, or if you want to perform an offline activation, do the following steps:

  1. Go to the Gateway webpage and select the Config section.

  2. From the menu on the left, select System > Licensing. The Licensing page will appear, from which you will need to click Activate License.

    Part 2b Offline Activation Step 2

  3. The Activate a License page will be shown. Enter the license key from the old Gateway and click Submit.

    Part 2b Offline Activation Step 3

  4. If you are not connected to the Internet, or if you want to activate your Gateway manually, click the Offline Activation button.

    Part 2b Offline Activation Step 4

  5. Click the Download Activation Request button. An activation request file, called activation_message.txt will be generated and downloaded.

    Part 2b Offline Activation Step 5

  6. Take the activation_message.txt file to a machine with Internet access and go to https://links.inductiveautomation.com/activation.

  7. Click Choose File and select the activation_message.txt file in the Activate Ignition section.

    Part 2b Offline Activation Step 7

    note

    Should any trouble occur with the upload process, please contact our Support department.

  8. Once you upload the activation_message.txt file, a license file called license.ipl is generated.

  9. Bring the license.ipl file back to the computer on which you're licensing Ignition. Back on the Offline Activation page, upload the license.ipl file. Them click Activate to finish the process.

    Part 2b Offline Activation Step 9

  10. The Licensing page will refresh, showing your license was successfully activated.

  11. Click Modules to see a list of all your activated modules.

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If something goes wrong during the unactivation or activation step of the license key transfer, your license key may end up in Emergency Activation Mode. If this happens, you will need to contact Inductive Automation Support to get your license fixed.