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Installing Individual Licenses

The software license is supplied in a file called genstat.lic. It usually arrives by email, as an attachment which can be extracted or saved to the appropriate location. In some cases (for example at a site which has purchased multiple node-locked licenses) the individual license file will have been supplied by your network support or administrator. The file should still be saved in the same fashion.

Genstat includes an option to install the license file at startup. This allows you to specify the file name, or cut/paste the license text from the email message, and store the information in the correct location. Next time you start the software it will automatically locate the license file.

License file location

When searching for a license key the software will check the following locations, either of which can be used for storing the file:

  1. \appdata\VSNi. The precise locations of this folder, and user-appdata are explained here.
  2. \user-appdata\VSNi
  3. C:\Program Files\appdir\Bin

The first location is preferred as it will simplify installation of software updates in the future. When you install a new version it will find the key in appdata and run immediately, if still valid. It means that multiple installations of the software can exist in separate locations, without needing multiple copies of the license file.

If you are unable to access the appdata folders you can instead put the license file in the application Bin folder, e.g. C:\Program Files\Gen20ed\Bin, as selected during installation.

Note that 64-bit versions of Windows may use Program Files (x86) and non-English versions of Windows may use a local language variant for Program Files. You should substitute these as appropriate in the above examples.

Finally, in case you cannot access the attachment in your email the license text is also repeated at the end of this message.

Environment names

If the license software does not find a valid license key in either of the locations listed above it will also check some environment names to see if they have been set. These are principally intended for network installations and their use is not recommended for individual copies of the software. However, for reference purposes, they are listed here:

  1. appname_LICENSE_FILE, where appname is set appropriately, e.g. GENSTAT_LICENSE_FILE, ASREML_LICENSE_FILE.
  3. can be used where licenses for a number of products are held in one license file.

  4. LM_LICENSE_FILE is a legacy setting that is still recognized, for compatibility with older versions, but is not recommended for new installations.

Usually the license file will be stored at a convenient location and the chosen variable set to the appropriate pathname.

Updated on April 30, 2019

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