Moving a Node-Locked Workstation License

Our software is available as a node-locked workstation license or a floating network license. This article discusses how to move a node-locked workstation license from one computer to another.

A node-locked workstation license is bound to an individual computer. If you need to move it to another computer, you first need to deactivate the license key from the computer that the workstation license resides on. Then, you can activate the workstation license on the new computer.

How to Deactivate the License Key?

To deactivate the license key, follow these steps:

  1. Start up the software on the computer that the node-locked workstation license is to be deactivated from.
  2. Select File | Help. This will display the Help backstage page.
    GeoHECRAS License Server
  3. From the Help backstage page, click on the [License Manager] button. The License Manager dialog box will be displayed.
  4. Choose the Deactivate Node-Locked Standalone License option. Note that this option will be disabled (i.e., grayed out), if a node-locked workstation license is not active on the computer. Click on the [Next>] button.
    License Manager - GeoHECRAS
  5. If the software is not running in Administrator Mode, then a “Restart in Administrator Mode” dialog box will be displayed. (If the software is already running in Administrator Mode, then continue to Step 6.)
    Restart in Administrator Mode
    Click on the [Yes] button to restart the software in Administrator Mode. Microsoft Windows will display the User Account Control dialog box.
    User Account Control
    Click on the [Yes] button. The software will restart in Administrator Mode. Now, repeat steps 2 to 4.
  6. From the License Manager dialog box, make certain that the Deactivate Node-Locked Standalone License option has been selected. Click on the [Next>] button.
  7. A confirmation dialog box will appear to confirm if you want to deactivate the license.
    Deactivate Node-Locked Standalone License
    Click on the [Yes] button to confirm you want to deactivate the license.
  8. The License Deactivation Key string will be displayed.License Manager
  9. Click on the [Copy] button. The License Deactivation Key will then be copied to the clipboard.
  10. Provide the License Deactivation Key to your CivilGEO account manager or technical support engineer at or
  11. For the next step in moving the node-locked workstation license to the new computer, see this article.

About the Author Chris Maeder

Chris Maeder

Chris is an experienced civil engineering and software technology leader, with over 30 years industry experience. With proven expertise in global software development, he has built engineering teams that adapt quickly, focus on what’s important and, most importantly, deliver. He is a licensed professional civil engineer with extensive experience in water resource engineering. He has performed and supervised engineering projects in urban stormwater drainage, transportation and roadway drainage, storm sewer design, detention pond design, stormwater quality, green infrastructure, watershed management planning, wastewater sewers, water distribution networks, pump stations, FEMA flood studies, bridge and culvert design, bridge scour and armoring, dam failure analysis, seepage and groundwater modeling, and environmental permits.

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