Entry type: FAQ, Entry ID: 19100818, Entry date: 08/09/2007
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How do you install, uninstall and upgrade license keys?

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Instructions:
As from STEP 7 V5.3 the license key is installed with the ALM (Automation License Manager). Please also refer to the notes on handling authorizations and license keys in our entry:

  • "How can you keep SIMATIC license files working and avoid loss of authorization?" Entry ID: 23174341.

Installation of License Keys:
When installing STEP 7, the necessary license key is transferred automatically to the hard disk if the correct license key floppy disk is inserted. If the incorrect license key floppy disk or none at all is inserted, you are prompted with a relevant message to insert the correct license key floppy disk.

The table below describes the procedure for installing a license key.
 

No. Procedure
1 Please insert the corresponding license key floppy disk when you are prompted to do so when installing STEP 7.
2 Then acknowledge the prompt. The license key is then transferred to a physical drive.
3 If the license key is to be transferred later, you insert the license key floppy disk into the relevant disk drive and open the "Automation License Manager" program via the Windows Start menu
  • "Start > SIMATIC > License Management > Automation License Manager"
4 Select the floppy disk drive on which your license keys are located.
5 Select the license keys that you want to transfer and drag and drop them to the target drive. The license keys are then transferred accordingly.

Note:
To transfer license keys you need all the access rights to the source and target drives.

Upgrade a license key or an "old authorization":
The Automation License Manager must be installed to upgrade a license key or an authorization. In addition, you must fulfill the following conditions for the relevant upgrades:

  1. For upgrading from an old license key to a new license key you need
  • The CoL (Certificate of License) and the license key of the older version.
  • The CoL (Certificate of License) and the upgrade license key of the target version.
  1. For upgrading from an old authorization to a new license key you need
  • The old authorization.
  • The CoL (Certificate of License) and the upgrade license key of the target version.
  1. For upgrading an old authorization to a new authorization (up to and including STEP 7 V5.2) you need
  • The old authorization.
  • The CoL (Certificate of License) and the upgrade authorization of the target version.

Execution:
The following steps show you how to upgrade a license key and an authorization. The procedure is the same for license keys and authorizations. Only the license key will be referred to in the text.
 

No. Procedure
1 Select the view via the menu command "View > Manage".
2 Transfer the license keys of the previous version and the upgrade license keys to the hard disk on which you wish to make the upgrade.
3 Select the storage location in the navigation area where the license key to be upgraded is located (previous version).
4 In the Object area you select the license key that is to be upgraded.
5 Execute the menu command "License Key > Upgrade". The upgrade is now made.

Notes:

  • If there is only one option for upgrading, then the upgrade is made without an other displays or prompts.
  • If other upgrade options are found, the "License Key Upgrade" dialog opens. Select the upgrade to be made and click on the "Upgrade" button.

Recover license keys:
If a license key is defective, please get in touch with your licensing hotline. More information on this is available in our entry:

  • "How can you recover defective licenses and authorizations?"
    Entry ID: 772175.

Uninstallation of License Keys:
If a hard disk on which the license keys are located is to be formatted, please uninstall the license keys beforehand. The license keys are transferred back from the hard disk to the floppy disk. All the license keys of the options packages can also be transferred to this floppy disk.
 

No. Procedure
1 Insert the license key floppy disk into the relevant disk drive and open the "Automation License Manager" program via the Windows Start menu
  • "Start > SIMATIC > License Management > Automation License Manager"
2 Select the drive on which your license keys are located.
3 Select all the license keys and drag and drop them to the target drive. The license keys are then transferred accordingly.

Note:
You can also transfer the license keys to other hard disks or network drives.

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