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Generate and edit the network license configuration file in SDL Trados Studio and Passolo

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You want to configure what product editions are available to a SDL Trados Studio 2015 SR2 (or higher) client user when they try to connect to the license server.
Starting with SDL Trados Studio 2015 SR2, if there are multiple Studio editions on the License Server a user wants to connect to, they can choose what product edition to use.
As a network-licensing administrator, you can configure what product editions and features are available for a client user that is connecting to the network license.
 
  1. On the client machine, go to Help > Product Activation
  2. Click Activate > Alternative activation options > Use a License Server.
  3. Enter the server name and click Connect.
  4. On the multiple license selection page, click the CTRL + F12 key combination to create a network license configuration file.
  5. Go to C:\ProgramData\SDL\SDL Trados Studio\StudioXY\Data and open the StudioCommuter.lic file using your preferred text editor.
  6. For Passolo go to C:\ProgramData\SDL\SDL Passolo\passoloXY\Data and open the PassoloCommuter.lic
  7. Edit the XML file structure to configure what editions can the client user choose from when they activate their product and what features are available to them. 
    • To add or remove a product edition, edit the file to include or exclude the <LicenseEdition> tags by either removing the complete section and/or commenting it out and their content for the specific product edition.
    • If you purchased a license that has additional features to the default one, you need to enable the features manually from the StudioCommuter.lic file. Edit the file to include or exclude the <Feature> tags and their content for the specific product feature. Changing the value of the <IsDefault> tag to true or false determines which product feature is currently available for the product edition.
  8. After any change you make to the XML file, you have to go to Help > Product Activation, click Change license server and connect to the network license server again.

     NOTE: You can only use the CTRL+F12 shortcut on the multiple license selection page. This page is not displayed if you only have one Studio edition on your License Server, in which case you cannot generate the network license configuration file.
     
    Find the default file content below - if there is any problem with generating the file from Studio, you can copy the code, put it in a text file and save it with the .lic extension (StudioCommuter.lic) in:
    • for SDL Trados Studio 2015 SR2: C:\ProgramData\SDL\SDL Trados Studio\Studio4\Data folder.
    • for SDL Trados Studio 2017: C:\ProgramData\SDL\SDL Trados Studio\Studio5\Data folder.
    • for Passolo 2016C:\ProgramData\SDL\SDL Passolo\passolo16\Data
    • for Passolo 2018C:\ProgramData\SDL\SDL Passolo\passolo18\Data

    Then, follow steps 5 and 6 from above to edit the configuration.
     
    Configuration file example generated if all 
    edition are available on the SDL License Server
    Example using only Professional Edition within a configuration file
    <LicenseDefinition>  
        <LicenseEdition>  
            <Name>ProfessionalEdition</Name>  
            <IsCurrent>true</IsCurrent>  
            <Features>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowTQA</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>true</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowRegulatedIndustries</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
            </Features>  
        </LicenseEdition>  
        <LicenseEdition>  
            <Name>WorkgroupEdition</Name>  
            <IsCurrent>true</IsCurrent>  
            <Features>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowTQA</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>true</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowRegulatedIndustries</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
            </Features>  
        </LicenseEdition>  
        <LicenseEdition>  
            <Name>ExpressEdition</Name>  
            <IsCurrent>true</IsCurrent>  
            <Features>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowTQA</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowAutoSuggest</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowPerfectMatch</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowRegulatedIndustries</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
            </Features>  
        </LicenseEdition>  
    </LicenseDefinition>
    <LicenseDefinition>  
        <LicenseEdition>  
            <Name>ProfessionalEdition</Name>  
            <IsCurrent>true</IsCurrent>  
            <Features>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowTQA</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>true</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
                <Feature>  
                    <Name>AllowRegulatedIndustries</Name>  
                    <IsDefault>false</IsDefault>  
                </Feature>  
            </Features>  
        </LicenseEdition>  
    </LicenseDefinition>
       

    Reset the network license configuration file to default

    You might want to re-generate the network license configuration file if it gets corrupted or you want the default settings in place.
    1. On the client machine, go to Help > Product Activation
    2. Click Activate > Alternative activation options > Use a License Server.
    3. Enter the server name and click Connect.
    4. On the multiple license selection page, click the CTRL + F12 key combination to re-create the default network license configuration file.

     
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