Engineering License Information

Environment Variables

WARNING: Do NOT use LM_LICENSE_FILE Avoid using the general FlexLM environment variable 'LM_LICENSE_FILE' as not all programs parse this correctly. Instead use the product specific variables (e.g. 'SNPSLMD_LICENSE_FILE' for Synopsys' more listed under the Engineering License Manager section). On WinXP the 'LM_LICENSE_FILE' variable is parsed first, so even being present and blank can interfere with various license managers. Remove it, like with this line of VBscript

  • WshSysEnv("XILINXD_LICENSE_FILE") = ""        

Restricted Licenses

Information regarding restricted licenses is available here. This includes private licenses for labs and other groups.

Engineering License Servers





Windows 2003 32-bit



Windows 2008 R2 64-bit VMware VM



BU Linux 5 Xen VM



Windows 2003 32-bit VMware VM


Solaris Container on Software28



Three BU Linux VM's with various alias' run by IS&T

Engineering License Managers

License Managers


Environment Variable

Agilent ADS



Agilent EMPro











Altera (aka eng-license3)











Mentor Graphics


SolidWorks Education


Synopsys & Synplify




PowerFlow (aka eng-license3)




IS&T License Servers


Most Engineering license managers reside on, but have CNAMEs that made configuration independent of the server the license manager runs on. These CNAME include: CademceLM, SynopsysLM, and MentorLM.


IS&T has three Linux VM's setup as license servers (i.e. 128.197.228.[37/38/39]). When requesting an updated license file we have gone to the redundant setup we are using for packages such as Abaqus, Matlab & MAPLE. Instead of license-srv4, use the following three servers for your request:

NOTE: This example was for abaqus. Replace 'abaqus' with the package name such as 'comsol'. 'abaquslic1' would become 'comsollic1' in this case. (We would request the DNS CNAME for this from NSEG).

Server Name

MAC Address/Server ID




IS&T will need the license install media for each package to be relocated so that the Linux FlemLM version is installed. Make sure the Vendor allows VM's to be license servers. Cadence in the past was a problem with zones in Solaris and do not allow virtualized license servers.

License Specific Information


BU-wide site license.

On Linux, with the NetApp drives mounted, the Abaqus license is already configured. Just run:

/ad/eng/support/software/linux/all/x86_64/abaqus/6.8-4/exec/abq684.exe -cae        

or on an i386 Linux box, replace "x86_64" with "i386" in the above.

(or if you don't want the version that uses the -cae switch, use whatever switch you want.)

On Windows or on a Linux Abaqus installation where Abaqus is installed on local disk, set your license server to or ideally, to,, , or ",," or ",," depending on which way the configuration GUI accepts them, or you can edit the abaqus_v6.env file manually:

On a Linux machine, this file is usually found in  <your_abaqus_install_dir>/6.8-4/site . On a Windows machine, it is usually found in  C:\Program Files\ABAQUS\6.8-4\site . Note: the "6.8-4" folder will be another number if you have a different version of ABAQUS installed.

Open the abaqus_v6.env file and change the abaquslm_license_file= line to read:


Student Consultants: When installing on a Windows machine, please see the README.txt on specific instructions for ABAQUS Extended version installation. It is in: \\ad\eng\support\software\windows\i386\abaqus

Acrobat Pro

We support 2 options. You can purchase Acrobat Pro through BU Departmental sales for $70. This locally installed license works anywhere and is good for laptops that are disconnected from the BU's network. Your departmental purchaser can order the license for you. ENGIT has the media if you don't want to purchase your own disks. Just arrange a time with us to install the software.

For administrative offices and faculty, we offer Acrobat Pro on our Citrix server. These are shared licenses, and users must be added to the ENG-Citrix-Adobe-Users group to access Acrobat Pro. At this time we can't provide Acrobat Pro for others, such as research labs. You can install the Citrix client for free.

Other Adobe products can also be purchased via BU Departmental sales.


  • (alias to on port 1800
  • Number of seat licenses is 3       
  • One of the licenses (the vendor IP) will expire on the 31 Dec 2012
  • The license owner is Prof. Martin Herbordt


  • (alias to on port 21001
  • There should be 2 sets of 3 licenses owned by ECE
  • Hubbard's lab purchased the first licenses and ECE renewed and extended them.         


  • ANSYS purchased Anosoft, so while some products are called ANSYS, they still run off Ansoft Licenses and License Managers. For instance HFSS with 25 seats runs off the Ansoft LM. The ANSYS license manager is on eng-license1 and the Ansoft license manager is on eng-license2.
  • ME purchased a 2007 version on ANSYS. The license manager is hosted eng-license1 port 1055. If this is installed on a laptop you will need to be connected to the University network via VPN. If you have problems contact David Campbell (; 617-353-3952 Room 203; 110 Cummington Mall).

  • ECE purchased ANSYS HFSS for microwave antenna design (grad. course). The license is hosted on eng-license2, and the faculty contact is Ron Knepper.


License requests should go to port 5280 on CadenceLM is an alias for which is managed by OIT. License-srv4 is a Solaris Container running on software28.

There are 300 seats in the license.

OIT contacts

Our cadence rep is: Cheryl Mendenhall [ ]

Cadence lets us name up to three contacts as follows:

  • Licensing Professor: Allyn Hubbard
  • Primary Technical Liaison: James Bardin
  • Secondary Technical Liaison: David Freedman

Renewal: 7/31

Managing Cadence

We are not allowed to logon to software28, and the license manager can't run on license-srv4, so OIT set up a strange work around for controlling the license manager. You can start/stop/restart the license manager by creating a file cadenceLM.<action> in the /local directory on Every minute a cron script reads the dir an performs the corresponding action on software28.

for example to restart:

  • ssh to your account.
    • Note your account need to be added to license-srv4 and the machine your sshing from needs to be added to hosts.allow.
  • cd to /local
  • sudo touch cadenceLM.restart

If you don't trust it's restarted cleanly, you can also just stop it and then start it again:

  • sudo touch cadenceLM.stop
  • watch the log file and wait as long as you need to wait to be sure it's shut down
  • sudo touch cadenceLM.start

There are log files too.

  • /var/log/cadence-03.49.p10.log
  • /var/log/Cadence_License_MGR.log

Cadence_License_MGR is run from root's cron on software28 and is what detects when you attempt a stop/start/restart of the license server by touching the appropriate file. After the command is run Cadence_License_MGR should remove the touched file from "/local" on

The Cadence license file is stored on as


This file can be updated at will, but please back it up by running:

cd /local/cadence-03.49.p10LM/tools.sun4v/bin/bkupfile license.dat         

The file can now be modified and the license server restarted using the above examples.

The Cadence user pages are located at


The license manager serves a large number of teaching licenses and a small number of research licenses. Please be sure to use the correct one. If you wish to use the research licenses, you may need to buy-in in order to contribute additional licenses to our pool.

HSC Chemistry

We have media to this software on the support share, with the site license number 000013281. Checking if it's current, if not anyone wants to use it, they must provide a license themselves.

CPLEX Optimization Studio from IBM

CPLEX is an algorithm that many packages implement. ECE uses CPLEX Optimization Studio which is free for Academic use from the IBM Academic Initiative.

There are multiple versions installed in: /ad/eng/opt/cplex_studio/

We also have Windows, Mac, and Linux installers in N:\software\installers\IBM ILOG CLPEX

Getting started manual for CPLEX Optimization Studio V12.6


The College has a 'Creo University Plus Teaching and Non-Teaching License - Campus'.

CREO license allows for installs on Faculty/Students peronsal machine(s)

CREO is also available on Citrix

Here are instructions for installing CREO on your computer:

If Off Campus, connect to the VPN (

To connect to a network folder follow these intructions:

  1. Connect to the following network folder: \\ad\eng\support\software\windows\i386\PTC\CREO 2.0
  2. Once this is done, run setup.exe
  3. When it launches, choose Install or Add new software.
  4. For the licensing information, add: 7788@eng-license2 to the "License Summary" area at the bottom (NOT the "License" field at the top)
  5. CREO should now work. Start by opening "CREO Parametric".

If you are trying to install from off campus you will need the VPN first. Also here is a guide on how to connect to network drives:

Intel Compiler Suite

The license manager serves a large number of teaching licenses and a small number of research licenses. Please be sure to use the correct one, or just use the free GCC compiler collection. If you wish to make heavy use of the research licenses, you may need to buy-in in order to contribute additional licenses to our pool. See IntelCompiler


LabVIEW is under a site license shared between ENG and CAS. The National Instruments license manager service runs locally on each computer and manages installed LabVIEW packages. See also IS&T's LabVIEW page (which may sound like a different license, but it is actually the ENG/CAS shared site license) and our list of available packages in the 2011 distribution.

Registration and Serial Number

Register your copy of LabView through Labview's own registration tool, using our serial number which is listed in:

\\ad\eng\support\software\windows\i386\national instruments\labview\Serial.txt       

(This key works across all of our versions of LabVIEW, and actually covers other NI packages, too.)


Step-by-step instructions on how to run Lumerical, including parallel FDTD jobs with MPI, are here.

The Lumerical licenses are FlexNet floating licenses, authenticated by username. When a new lab member needs to be able to access Lumerical for a particular lab's license, they need to contact ENG-IT to be manually added to their group's access list on the license server. Note that on whatever computer you are using to access Lumerical, you must be logging in on that computer with your Kerberos username, not any other username.

When setting up FlexNet licensing in your account, in the license server configuration menu (from the GUI or by manually running fdtd-config-license), choose server and the default port. "Configure redundant servers" should not be checked.

To check the status of all license usage, ssh to and run  lumerical-license-info 

As of the time of this writing, labs participating in the license pool are:

  • Klamkin
  • Paiella
  • Reinhard
  • Meller

If you wish to use Lumerical and are affiliated with one of those labs, ask the lab PI to send an email to requesting that your Kerberos username be added for your lab group name. If you are not affiliated with Lumerical, email to request a quote for a license. In 2014, the group academic discount price was $1200 for one seat of the combined FDTD package (one design license and one engine).


The BME department has a license for Mathcad 2001i currently in use in Compsim.


BU Offers installation media for Mathematica for download from the IS&T website for use by students, staff, and faculty. These require the user to request a license number and "password" (license key) from Wolfram directly. Both numbers will be unique to the particular copy in use. BU also has a site-license for Mathematica, with a shared license number and passwords. The license number is for all copies in use under this license, but the passwords vary by version and platform, and expire annually in late September. They must be updated regularly from IS&T's Mathematica people (once each year in August/September). IS&T also provides free student licenses for download as well, separate from any of these. (Finally, Mathematica is already installed on the network for use in Linux.)

The install media we have is intended for use with the site-wide license for use in ENG labs and offices. Mathematica installations for other purposes should go through IS&T, getting media from them and license info from Wolfram itself. General Mathemetica support questions can go to . The license passwords are sent to those on mathematica-list each year, as well.

  • See here for current passcodes for the site-license.


Anyone added to the ENG-Matlab AD security group has access to the directory:

\\ad\eng\support\software\windows\i386\The mathworks\matlab      

and can go to the appropriate MATLAB version directory and use the instructions and key in the "BU Files" subdirectory. All new MATLAB users must fill out the application form at , even if they are not going to borrow the media from the library.

IS&T's MATLAB licensing page.

Mentor Graphics

The license manager run on 3 redundant Linux server MentorLic? at port 1717. You should use the following environmental variable to point to the license manager in Windows, and substitute colons for semi-colons in Linux.;;         


The new combined license server is now up and running. Please verify testing for both CAAD & ECE.

The CAAD lab (Herbordt) license segment for alterad is served on license-srv4 as CNAME:     

Renewal: 31-jul-2013

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office falls under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for BU, providing a site-license for faculty and staff computers.

If you are installing, use these product keys.

If MS Office 2010 is installed, but requires activation you can do the following:

Activate Using KMS

Microsoft Project

Project 2010 is installed in the ECE lab images. The MSDNAA bulk license was provided by Prof. Tom Skinner < >

Microsoft Visio

Visio 2010 is installed in the ECE lab images. The MSDNAA bulk license was provided by Prof. Tom Skinner < >

Microsoft - Visual Studio, Other Software, and DreamSpark

If you're a student, faculty, or staff member you can get Visual Studio, Visio, Project and other tools for Academic use only via the DreamSpark program (formerly MSDN Academic Alliance or MSDNAA).

ECE students can request access by contacting Prof. Tom Skinner < > at Professor Skinner strictly follows the EULA, so read the text and if you think you qualify make your best case to Prof. Skinner.

"let your staff, faculty, and students use the software only (a) to develop, support, conduct, or take courses, labs, or programs you offer; (b) in non-commercial research on your behalf; or (c) to design, develop, test, and demonstrate software programs for the above purposes"    

All Engineering graduate students can contact SAGE about their MSDNAA/DreamSpark site. Other sources for MSDNAA are also available on campus.

Several Microsoft tools are also available via:

Also some limited versions of Visual Studio are free and there are 90-day evaluations on full versions.

Microsoft Windows

If you're on campus you can use BU's Key Management Services (KMS)

New Installation

If you're installing Windows from Media you can use these KMS Client Setup Keys, and your OS will activate via BU's Key Management Service (KMS).

Existing Installation

If Windows is already installed and needs activation, you can direct it to the Key Management Services as follows: Start a command prompt as Administrator (i.e. Start>Accessories>[right-click]Command Prompt, and select 'Run As Administrator').

At the prompt type:

  • slmgr /skms
    slmgr /ato    

If for some reason you don't have DNS

  • slmgr /skms
    slmgr /ato    


The license manager runs on (a CNAME for on port_a. It is a class-locked license, serving to anything on the 128.X.X.X Class A. Because it is class-locked, it must be run from a public 128-class IP, like eng-license3, and not a private 10-class IP, like the other eng-license servers.

The Windows installers are in:


For Linux the installers for Modeler, Models, and Docs are in:


In the instruction labs OPNET is located in /ad/eng/opt/opnet. Do not use the path /ad/eng/support/software/linux/all/all/. It's deprecated.

You can add and update the licenses by running modeler on If the licenses have expired modeler will prompt you, otherwise I believe the licensing tool is in the menu. I (jamie) have an account you can use to express install with -- mucho más rápido. Our OPNET Group ID is 96415.


An OriginLab floating license manager is owned by several research groups. Please contact if you'd like become a member group.


The license manager runs on port 27007 on eng-license3 (a Linux virtual machine). On Linux, with the NetApp drives mounted, set the license file variable:


and then you can run the PowerFlow binaries from /ad/eng/support/software/linux/all/all/powerflow/bin . To see what licenses are valid, run the "exalmtest" binary.

Power World

BU has a Power World site license. Please contact ENGIT for assistance.


ENG has a site license (500 seats) for Pro/E (sold by PTC). Fraunhofer gets a dedicated license of 20 of these seats (ENG covers this). This license renews every January. The license sits on, port number 7788. Please note that PTC CREO 2.0 is the latest version. See info on CREO above.

Rational Realtime

The license manager runs on at port 27700

(Rational Realtime formerly on at port 1709)


Location: Installed in PHO701 & Altug lab

Contact: Professors Roberto Paiella and Hatice Altug

All of our RSoft licenses are associated with 6 license dongles, according to an audit in January 2012 and information confirmed by Carl Klinges < > at RSoft:

PHO701: 16844109 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user 16843326 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user  1 missing: 16847862 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user 16847863 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user Restricted floating 16848193 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user Restricted floating  Altug: 16846294 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE 3 node cluster, BandSOLVE  Old: 16845745 - lost and Replaced with 16848193 16843039 - Supposed RSoft loaner (No BU confirmation)    

The 3-node cluster dongle was purchased by Hatice Altug to support her cluster which is no longer in use. Individuals within her lab have been using it on their local workstations. The other dongles are primarily for use in PHO701 and have 1 license apiece. 3 are for research, and two are marked "restricted" -- for teaching use only. This is important whenever a researcher needs to call RSoft for technical assistance -- use the research keys.

More info and the license files (associated to the dongles) are located in: \\\Support\software\windows\i386\RSoft


Our SigmaPlot license covers only the BME Teaching Lab.


ECE purchased a site license for SigView, a real-time and offline spectral analysis software with data acquisition support, statistics functions, and a comprehensive visualization system. Runs on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The installer is located in:


Contact for registration information.


The license manager serves a large number of teaching licenses (for use on BU-owned machines only) and a small number of research licenses. If you wish to use the research licenses, you will need to contact to have your machines added to the whitelist for the license manager.

Solidworks License Servers

Solidworks Premium can only be installed BU owned machines NOT using the program for RESEARCH

Solidworks Student Premium - 

Solidworks Research License can only be installed on a select number of machines. Eng-It owns 2 Licenses for Research.

Solidworks Research - 

Changing License Server Information

This page details how to change the license information for a previous install of SolidWorks. On the computer where SolidWorks is installed please do the following:

  • Go to Start --> All Programs --> SolidWorks 2013 --> SolidWorks Tools --> SolidNetWork License Administrator

  • In the window that opens go to the Server List tab
  • Choose Remove... to delete the 25734@eng-license1 entry
  • Add... the entry for the new server, 25734@eng-license
  • Click OK


  • SolidWorks 2013 WILL NOT INSTALL on a Windows XP machine.

  • SolidWorks 2014 WILL NOT INSTALL on a Windows Vista machine.

Read the important information about SolidWorks here:

Synopsys & Synplify

Synplify is now part of Synopsys and the license is served on (port 27000).         

SynopsysLM is a DNS alias for It is maintained through license-srv4 similarly to Cadence:

  • ssh to your account on license-srv4. You system needs to in its 'hosts.allow' file.
  • Restart the license manager by creating a semaphore file:
  •  sudo touch /local/synopsyLM.restart    

If you don't trust manager has restarted cleanly, you can also just stop it and then start it again:

  •  cd /local  sudo touch synopsyLM.stop    
  • Watch the log file and wait as long as you need to wait to be sure it's shut down. The semaphore will be removed.
  •  sudo touch synopsyLM.start    



ECE purchased VASP 4.6 for educational use. It runs on Enrico Bellotti's cluster.

ECE's license for version 4.4 was transferred to Scott Dunham at U. Washington


ENG has a license for faculty, staff, and student use of VMware products under the OnTheHub site Boston University - College of Engineering.

Students working as a TF or TS get staff access.


The license manager run on on port 2100, also a DNS alias for         

According to the license agreement (see below), the software can be run on student computers in a geographic location specified as Boston University and allows for remote access if done within a 5 mile radius.


Separately, Photonics has a copy of Zemax that is updated each year for general use by all Photonics faculty, students and researchers. You must apply for access to PHO936, identify that you request to use Zemax and other software and then you can enter the computer room (PHO938) and use the computer with Zemax on it - logging in with your Kerberos account. Yvonne Cancino <> can show you which computer, but there is a list next to each computer with what software is on it.

Anyone looking for general and steady upgraded Zemax should use the facility provided on the 9th floor.

Eng-IT: SoftwareLicensing (last edited 2015-03-09 15:02:50 by jkgoebel)