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3.1 FLEXnet Server Setup for Windows

You have a Concurrent Network license if your serial number is:

xxxxx-2xxx-79xxxxx, or

If your serial number is:

xxxxx-9xxx-xxxxxxx, or

then you have a Node-Locked license and the information on this page is NOT relevant to you.

A Concurrent Network package entitles you to install or deploy Origin on any number of computers in your organization. Each of these computers must have a connection to a computer (workstation or server) on which you must install a FLEXnet server (provided by OriginLab) and set up a FLEXnet service for license management. If you are already using FLEXnet license management for another software vendor, then you can use this same computer to set up a service for managing your Origin, as long as the operating system is supported by OriginLab.

The FLEXnet service will restrict the number of Origins that can run at the same time, based on your purchased concurrent number. Thus, if you purchased a 25-user Concurrent Network package, no more than 25 computers can run Origin at the same time. Once an Origin is running, there is an option to "borrow" the Origin, such that it can be run for a specified maximum time detached from the FLEXnet server.

FLEXnet Server Setup for Windows

Watch the video tutorial - Setting up your Concurrent Network Package

  1. Select the computer to be your FLEXnet server
  2. Download the FLEXnet server
  3. Origin 2016 and higher Requires FLEXlm Server verson 11.13 or higher in Windows
  4. Double-click on FLEXlmServerSetup.exe to run the installation.
  5. Obtain a license file for this computer, from the OriginLab website
  6. Set up and start the FLEXnet service
  7. Install or deploy Origin to the user's computers or a file


Select a FLEXnet Server

Your Concurrent Network package requires that you install a FLEXnet server (provided by OriginLab) and set up a FLEXnet license service to manage the Origins at run-time. The selected computer can be a server or it can be a workstation.

When selecting the computer for your FLEXnet server, keep these points in mind:

  • Choose a computer that is stable (does not require frequent reboots) and that has low network traffic.
  • All potential Origin computers must have a connection to this computer. Communication between the FLEXnet license server and the Origin concurrent network members is by TCP/IP networking protocols.
  • Minimum recommended system RAM is 64 MB.

OriginLab provides a FLEXnet license server (and vendor daemon only, if you already have a FLEXnet server) for the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2012, 2008, Windows Vista, 7 and 8 (both 32 & 64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.6

Additional FLEXnet platforms that OriginLab does not currently support can be found on Flexera Software's requirements page. Contact OriginLab Technical Support to request adding support for a platform: OS support listed

See Also:

Download the FLEXnet server

Flexera Software (the maker of FLEXnet license software) has recently announced that all FLEXnet servers should be updated to version or later to avoid a security risk (see this kbase item).

FLEXnet servers (includes the OriginLab vendor daemon)

The Windows FLEXnet server is version

Operating System File
Windows Server 2012, 2008, Windows Vista, 7 and 8/8.1 & 10 (both 32 & 64-bit) Go to this section


The FLEXnet server and the OriginLab vendor daemon are available on the product DVD in the FLEXnet Servers folder as well as downloads in the above tables.

See Also:

Origin 2016 and higher Requires FlexLM Server verson 11.13 or higher in Windows

Setting up on a New Windows Machine

If you are setting up the server on a new machine, then simply download the FLEXlmServerSetup.exe and install it. Please DO NOT install it to C:\Program Files\ or to your Desktop.

Updating Existing FlexLM License Server

For security reasons you must upgrade your FLEXnet server. This new FLEXnet server should NOT be run from inside the Program Files folder or Desktop. It is best to remove your older FLEXnet installation as follows, then install the new version.

To Remove your old OriginLab FLEXnet Server:

  1. Go to your old FLEXnet server folder, find your license file, and make a backup since you will need it when you start the new server.
  2. Run LMTOOLS.exe and go to the Start/Stop/Reread tab. Check Force Server Shutdown checkbox and click Stop Server.
  3. Wait a moment for the server to shut down. You can check Server Status to see if it is shut down.
  4. Next, go to the Config Services tab, select your OriginLab license Service Name, and click Remove Service. You may close LMTOOLS.exe now.
  5. Now uninstall the Originlab FLEXlm server by going to the Windows Control Panel, then find the program named 'License Server for OriginLab'
    and run it. It will uninstall the old OriginLab FLEXnet server files.

Clean up the old folder if it still exists. It may contain your license file or log files, for instance.


Run the FLEXlmServerSetup.exe

Double-click on FLEXlmServerSetup.exe to run the installation.

Obtain a license file for this computer, from the OriginLab website

Serial number and version information

Have your Concurrent Network serial number and version available.

Find the FLEXnet server Host Name and Host ID

Open the Command Prompt and enter the command:

ipconfig /all

Make note of the Host Name and the Physical Address (also known as MAC Address or Ethernet Address), which is a 12 character string.


Alternatively, you can obtain this information in the LMTools.exe on the System Settings tab.

FLEXnet Sys Settings.png

Obtain the license file

  1. Go to www.originlab.com.
  2. Click the "License/Register Origin" link under the Support menu.
  3. Log in if you already have a web membership account or create an account as needed.
  4. After logging in, if your web membership account already has an Origin serial number(s) associated with it, you will see your "Origin Product Registration" page.
    • If this is the first time you are registering and obtaining a license for this serial number and version, click the Register New Serial Number button.
    • If you previously registered and obtained a license for this serial number and version (such as if you are moving your FLEXnet service to a different machine, and you completed the system transfer request), then select the check box next to your serial number and version and click the Get FLEXnet License button located below the table.
  5. Select the "I want to register my Origin software and obtain a license file for a computer" radio button and click Next.
  6. Enter your Origin serial number, version, etc. and click Continue.
  7. Then enter the FLEXnet server Host Name and Host ID and click the Submit button to generate the license file.
  8. When successful, you will see the license file text on the web page. Copy the license file text from the web page and paste it into a text editor such as notepad.
  9. In the text editor, select the File|Save As option and save the license file text. Typically, the license file is saved to the FLEXnet server's \Licenses\ folder, but you can save to a different location if you prefer. In the Save As Type drop-down, select the All Files option (*.*) and then enter your file name as orglab.lic or a name of your choice. The file extension MUST be .lic

Set up and start the FLEXnet service

  1. Run LMTOOLS from the FLEXnet server's \Tools\ folder. If on Windows Server 2012, 2008, Windows Vista, 7 or 8 RIGHT-click on the LMTools.exe and select "Run as Administrator" to open it.
  2. On the Service/License File tab, select Configuration Using Services.
    Lmtools service license.png
  3. On the Config Services tab, type OriginLab or name of your choice in the Service Name text box.
  4. In the Path to the lmgrd.exe file field, click the Browse button and browse to the FLEXnet Server \Servers\ folder, select the lmgrd.exe file in the Open dialog and then click the Open button. (Note: If you installed the FLEXnet server to the default path, the folder is: C:\Program Files\FLEXnetServer\Servers\). After you finish, the full path and lmgrd.exe file name should appear in the text box.
  5. Follow the same procedure for the Path to the license file field (example as shown in image below- C:\Program Files\FLEXnetServer\Licenses\orglab.lic).
  6. The debug log file does not yet exist - the service will create it based on what you enter in this text box. You can copy all the text from the license text box and paste it into the Path to the debug log file text box, but then change the file name extension to .log.
  7. Select Use Services.
  8. If you want the service to start automatically when the server boots, select Start Server at Power Up.
    Config services.png
  9. Select the Start/Stop/Reread tab. When asked to save the service, click Yes.
  10. On the Start/Stop/Reread tab, select the Force Server Shutdown check box.
  11. Click the Start Server button. You should a "Server Start Successful" message in the LMTOOLS status bar.
    Start stop reread.png
  12. On the Server Status tab, click the Perform Status Enquiry button. The Status window reports relevant feature usage information.
    Server status.png
  13. If all OK, select the Config Services tab and click the Save Service button, and then click Yes in the save prompt.
    Save config.png
  14. Now check if this FLEXnet server has an internet connection firewall activated. If it does, you will need to add exceptions through the firewall to allow a program through the firewall for the following two programs which should be in the same location:
    • LMGRD.EXE - The FLEXnet License Manager.
    • ORGLAB.EXE - The Origin vendor daemon.
    To check and add exceptions, open the Control Panel|Security Center. The General tab on the Windows Firewall dialog box should show the status as "On (recommended)" and the "Don't allow Exceptions" check box should be unchecked. On the Exceptions tab, use the Add Program button to add LMGRD.EXE and ORGLAB.EXE. You can use the Browse option to locate these programs in your FLEXnet server's \Servers subfolder. After you add these programs, they should appear in the exceptions list with their check boxes selected.

See Also:

  1. Allowing access for the Origin FLEXnet service through a firewall between your server and client installations,
  2. If you want to restrict access to the FLEXnet service, or reserve licenses for specified users, departments, etc., you can create an options file.
  3. Setup FLEXnet server for Linux

Install or deploy Origin to the user's computers or a file server

The following documentation provides Origin deployment tips for both the Concurrent Network and the Multi-seat Node Locked packages.


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