Troubleshooting

Topics in this section:

License Mode Reverts to Demo Mode
Licensing Service is Not Starting
Autodesk Licenses are Not Working
Understanding License Errors

License Mode Keeps Reverting to Demo Mode

Depending upon the network speed, a request for a license may timeout before the request reaches the license server.  In this event the software may frequently lapse into Demo Mode.  This issue can be fixed by creating and setting an environment variable on the workstation. The system variable should be named FLEXLM_TIMEOUT and a recommended setting would be 1000000.

Licensing Service is Not Starting

The most common reasons why a licensing service does not start, or shows errors when you ‘perform status inquiry’:

If licenses show as available, but you can’t access them from the user workstation, do not proceed with the steps below, go here instead!

  1. Missing ideate.exe (see here for more info)
  2. Mis-configured ‘Config Services’ tab (Do not point to ideate.exe)
  3. Incorrect servername (correct in notepad) or MAC address (Do not edit, you need a new license file!)
  4. A licensing service is already running (hit ‘Stop Server’ & wait for a confirmation or stop it via ‘services.msc’)
  5. Using a 32 bit Windows or a 32 bit version of LMTools (is your path pointing to “C:/Program Files (x86)”?)
  6. Open ‘services.msc’, R-Click on Ideate service, select ‘Properties’. Go to ‘Log On’ tab, and switch ‘Log On As’ to ‘Local system’
    Now perform Stop/Start/Reread through LMTools again

    Do not start the licensing service through the services list!

 If the issue is not resolved, contact Ideate Technical Support (support@ideatesoftware.com).

Autodesk Licenses are Not Working 

If, after setting up the Ideate network license service, the network licenses for Autodesk (or any other vendor) stop working then follow these steps in LMTools. If the issue is not resolved, contact Ideate Technical Support.

  1. Select the ‘Config Services’ tab
  2. Select the name of the service that is not working properly from the drop-down.
  3. Select the ‘Start/Stop/Reread’ tab 
  4. Verify that the correct service is highlighted 
  5. Click ‘Start Server’ 
  6. Wait a moment 
  7. Select ‘Re-read License File’ 

Understanding Licensing Errors

There are a few common licensing errors that can occur. This list explains the error and the first steps to resolving it.

 -1    No such file or directory. Check for syntax on the server name. This may also be an indication that the "@" symbol is missing from the front of the server name. Refer to the Setting the Server Path topic for more information.

 -4    Licensed number of users already reached. Wait for licenses to be available. You can determine who is using licenses by performing a Status Enquiry on the server(s).  Refer to Verify Service is Running.

 -5    No such feature exists. Verify that you have network licenses for the software you are using. If so, request a new license file. 

-10   Feature has expired. Request a new license file. 

-15   Cannot connect to license server system. This is a general connectivity error. 

-18   License server system does not support this feature. Verify that you have network licenses for the software you are using. If so, request a new license file. 

-68   License was not borrowed. This error is an indication that both the license file and the vendor daemon are old. See related issue -123. 

-96   License server machine is down or not responding. Restart the license service. If the error still occurs, identify which workstations and which software is affected and contact Ideate Technical Support.

-97   The desired vendor daemon is down. Restart the license service. If the error still occurs, identify which workstations and which software is affected and contact Ideate Technical Support

-123 Return of license failed – This is an indication that the vendor daemon is old and does not support license borrowing. The feature was added with version 2013.2 (12/17/12) 

-124 License Return Error – This can occur in both Revit and the Ideate software when the licenses are not returned in the order they were borrowed. This is a known Flexera issue. Read more about this under the License Borrowing topic in this document.

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