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Automation License Manager Step 7: How to Install, Activate, and Manage Your SIMATIC Software Licenses


Automation License Manager Step 7: A Guide for SIMATIC Users




If you are using SIMATIC software for automation and drive technology, you might have heard of Automation License Manager (ALM). ALM is a tool that helps you manage your software licenses easily and efficiently. In this article, we will explain what ALM is, how to install it, how to use it, and how to troubleshoot it. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this guide will help you get the most out of your ALM Step 7.




Automation License Manager Step 7



What is Automation License Manager?




ALM is a software application that allows you to activate, transfer, update, upgrade, monitor, and manage your SIMATIC software licenses. It supports different types of licenses, such as floating licenses, single licenses, trial licenses, and online licenses. It also supports different types of media, such as USB sticks, hard disks, memory cards, and online servers. With ALM, you can easily access your license information, check your license status, and perform various license operations.


Definition and function of Automation License Manager




ALM is a part of the SIMATIC software package that enables you to handle your software licenses in a convenient way. It works as a central license server that communicates with your SIMATIC software applications and devices. It also works as a license client that allows you to perform license tasks on your local computer or device. ALM can be installed on any Windows-based PC or programming device that meets the system requirements.


The main function of ALM is to provide you with a secure and flexible license management system. You can use ALM to:



  • Activate your licenses online or offline



  • Transfer your licenses between different computers or devices



  • Update your licenses to the latest version or service pack



  • Upgrade your licenses to a higher functionality or scope



  • Monitor your license usage and availability



  • Manage your license inventory and configuration



Benefits and features of Automation License Manager




ALM offers many benefits and features that make your license management easier and more efficient. Some of the benefits and features are:



  • It simplifies your license activation process by providing you with a user-friendly interface and clear instructions



  • It reduces your license costs by allowing you to share floating licenses among multiple users or devices



  • It increases your license security by encrypting your license data and preventing unauthorized access or manipulation



  • It improves your license performance by optimizing your license allocation and utilization



  • It enhances your license flexibility by enabling you to transfer or upgrade your licenses according to your needs



  • It supports your license maintenance by providing you with automatic updates and upgrades for your licenses



  • It helps you troubleshoot your license issues by providing you with diagnostic tools and error messages



  • It integrates with other SIMATIC software applications and devices by using a common license platform and communication protocol



How to install Automation License Manager Step 7?




To install ALM Step 7, you need to have a compatible Windows operating system and a SIMATIC software package. You also need to have an administrator account on your computer or device. The installation process is simple and straightforward. Here are the steps and tips for installing ALM Step 7.


System requirements and compatibility




The system requirements for ALM Step 7 are as follows:



Operating system


Windows 10 (64-bit)


Windows 7 (64-bit)


Processor


Intel Core i5 or higher


Intel Core 2 Duo or higher


Memory


8 GB RAM or higher


4 GB RAM or higher


Hard disk space


2 GB or higher


2 GB or higher


Display resolution


1024 x 768 pixels or higher


1024 x 768 pixels or higher


Internet connection


Required for online license activation and updates


Required for online license activation and updates


SIMATIC software package


SIMATIC STEP 7 Professional V16 or higher


SIMATIC STEP 7 Professional V15.1 or higher


The compatibility of ALM Step 7 with other SIMATIC software applications and devices is as follows:



SIMATIC software application or deviceCompatible with ALM Step 7?Note SIMATIC WinCC V16 or higher Yes You need to install ALM on the same computer as WinCC SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.1 or higher Yes You need to install ALM on the same computer as PCS 7 SIMATIC S7-1200 PLC Yes You need to connect the PLC to the computer via Ethernet or USB SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC Yes You need to connect the PLC to the computer via Ethernet or USB SIMATIC S7-300/400 PLC No You need to use ALM V5.3 SP4 for these PLCs SIMATIC HMI Basic Panels No You need to use ALM V5.3 SP4 for these panels SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels No You need to use ALM V5.3 SP4 for these panels SIMATIC HMI Mobile Panels No You need to use ALM V5.3 SP4 for these panels 7 after installing it


  • Make a backup of your license data before installing ALM Step 7



How to use Automation License Manager Step 7?




After installing ALM Step 7, you can start using it to manage your SIMATIC software licenses. You can access ALM Step 7 from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You can also launch ALM Step 7 from other SIMATIC software applications that are integrated with it. To use ALM Step 7, you need to have a valid license key or a license file for your SIMATIC software. You can obtain your license key or file from the Siemens website, the DVD that comes with your SIMATIC software package, or the Siemens Industry Online Support portal. Here are some of the main tasks that you can perform with ALM Step 7.


How to activate and transfer licenses




Activating your licenses is the first step to use your SIMATIC software. Activation means that you assign your licenses to a specific computer or device. You can activate your licenses online or offline, depending on your license type and internet connection. To activate your licenses online, you need to have an internet connection and a Siemens account. To activate your licenses offline, you need to have a license file and a USB stick or a memory card.


To activate your licenses online, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Online License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to activate and click on Activate Online



  • Enter your Siemens account credentials and click on Log In



  • Confirm your license activation and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close



To activate your licenses offline, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Offline License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to activate and click on Activate Offline



  • Select a USB stick or a memory card as the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Copy the license file from the DVD or the Siemens website to the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Insert the transfer medium into the computer or device that you want to activate and click on Next



  • Select the license file from the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Confirm your license activation and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close



Transferring your licenses means that you move your licenses from one computer or device to another. You can transfer your licenses online or offline, depending on your license type and internet connection. To transfer your licenses online, you need to have an internet connection and a Siemens account. To transfer your licenses offline, you need to have a USB stick or a memory card.


To transfer your licenses online, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Online License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to transfer and click on Transfer Online



  • Enter your Siemens account credentials and click on Log In



  • Select the computer or device that you want to transfer to and click on Next



  • Confirm your license transfer and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close



To transfer your licenses offline, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Offline License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to transfer and click on Transfer Offline



  • Select a USB stick or a memory card as the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Copy the license file from the computer or device that you want to transfer from to the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Eject the transfer medium from the computer or device that you want to transfer from and insert it into the computer or device that you want to transfer to and click on Next



  • Select the license file from the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Confirm your license transfer and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close

How to update and upgrade licenses




Updating your licenses means that you apply the latest version or service pack to your existing licenses. Updating your licenses can improve your software functionality, performance, and security. You can update your licenses online or offline, depending on your license type and internet connection. To update your licenses online, you need to have an internet connection and a Siemens account. To update your licenses offline, you need to have a license file and a USB stick or a memory card.


To update your licenses online, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Online License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to update and click on Update Online



  • Enter your Siemens account credentials and click on Log In



  • Select the version or service pack that you want to apply and click on Next



  • Confirm your license update and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close



To update your licenses offline, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Offline License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to update and click on Update Offline



  • Select a USB stick or a memory card as the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Copy the license file from the DVD or the Siemens website to the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Insert the transfer medium into the computer or device that you want to update and click on Next



  • Select the license file from the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Select the version or service pack that you want to apply and click on Next



  • Confirm your license update and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close



Upgrading your licenses means that you change your existing licenses to a higher functionality or scope. Upgrading your licenses can enhance your software features, capabilities, and compatibility. You can upgrade your licenses online or offline, depending on your license type and internet connection. To upgrade your licenses online, you need to have an internet connection and a Siemens account. To upgrade your licenses offline, you need to have a license file and a USB stick or a memory card.


To upgrade your licenses online, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Online License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to upgrade and click on Upgrade Online



  • Enter your Siemens account credentials and click on Log In



  • Select the target license that you want to change to and click on Next



  • Confirm your license upgrade and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close



To upgrade your licenses offline, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Offline License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to upgrade and click on Upgrade Offline



  • Select a USB stick or a memory card as the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Copy the license file from the DVD or the Siemens website to the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Insert the transfer medium into the computer or device that you want to upgrade and click on Next



  • Select the license file from the transfer medium and click on Next



  • Select the target license that you want to change to and click on Next



  • Confirm your license upgrade and click on Finish



  • Wait for the confirmation message and click on Close

How to monitor and manage licenses




Monitoring your licenses means that you check your license usage and availability. Monitoring your licenses can help you optimize your license allocation and utilization. You can monitor your licenses online or offline, depending on your license type and internet connection. To monitor your licenses online, you need to have an internet connection and a Siemens account. To monitor your licenses offline, you need to have ALM Step 7 installed on your computer or device.


To monitor your licenses online, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Online License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to monitor and click on Monitor Online



  • Enter your Siemens account credentials and click on Log In



  • View your license usage and availability on the online portal



  • Click on Close when you are done



To monitor your licenses offline, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the License Overview tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to monitor and click on Details



  • View your license usage and availability on the ALM Step 7 window



  • Click on Close when you are done



Managing your licenses means that you control your license inventory and configuration. Managing your licenses can help you organize your license data and settings. You can manage your licenses online or offline, depending on your license type and internet connection. To manage your licenses online, you need to have an internet connection and a Siemens account. To manage your licenses offline, you need to have ALM Step 7 installed on your computer or device.


To manage your licenses online, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the Online License Transfer tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to manage and click on Manage Online



  • Enter your Siemens account credentials and click on Log In



  • Edit or delete your license data and settings on the online portal



  • Click on Save when you are done



To manage your licenses offline, follow these steps:



  • Open ALM Step 7 and click on the License Overview tab



  • Select the licenses that you want to manage and click on Edit or Delete



  • Edit or delete your license data and settings on the ALM Step 7 window



  • Click on Save or Confirm when you are done



How to troubleshoot Automation License Manager Step 7?




Sometimes, you might encounter some problems or errors when using ALM Step 7. These problems or errors can be caused by various factors, such as incorrect installation, incompatible software, corrupted license data, network issues, or user mistakes. To troubleshoot ALM Step 7, you need to identify the cause of the problem or error and apply the appropriate solution. Here are some of the common problems or errors that you might face and how to solve them.


Common errors and solutions





Error message Possible cause Possible solution The license key is invalid or expired The license key is not correct or has expired Check the license key and make sure it is correct and valid The license file is missing or damaged The license file is not found or is corrupted Restore the license file from a backup or request a new one from Siemens The license server is not reachable or available The network connection is not working or the license server is down Check the network connection and make sure it is stable and secure The license transfer failed or was interrupted The internet connection was lost or the transfer medium was removed Retry the license transfer and make sure the internet connection is stable and the transfer medium is inserted The license update or upgrade failed or was interrupted The internet connection was lost or the update or upgrade file was corrupted Retry the license update or upgrade and make sure the internet connection is stable and the update or upgrade file is valid The license is not compatible or authorized The license is not suitable or allowed for the software application or device Check the license compatibility and authorization and make sure they match the software application or device


Support and resources




If you need more help or information about ALM Step 7, you can contact the Siemens support team or visit the Siemens website. The Siemens support team can provide you with technical assistance, customer service, and feedback. The Siemens website can provide you with documentation, manuals, tutorials, videos, forums, and downloads. Here are some of the contact details and links for the Siemens support team and website.



  • Siemens support phone number: +49 (0) 911 895 7222



  • Siemens support email address: support.automation@siemens.com



  • Siemens support website: https://support.industry.siemens.com/



  • Siemens ALM Step 7 documentation: https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/document/109752566/automation-license-manager-alm?dti=0&lc=en-WW



  • Siemens ALM Step 7 manual: https://cache.industry.siemens.com/dl/files/566/109752566/att_1014704/v1/ALM_V6_0_en.pdf



  • Siemens ALM Step 7 tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wY8xUyG8qQ



  • Siemens ALM Step 7 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwT6mJZsFjg



  • Siemens ALM Step 7 forum: https://support.industry.siemens.com/tf/ww/en/posts/alm-step-7-v5-5-problem/201715/?page=0&pageSize=10



  • Siemens ALM Step 7 download: https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/us/en/view/109752566



Conclusion




In conclusion, ALM Step 7 is a useful tool that helps you manage your SIMATIC software licenses easily and efficiently. It allows you to activate, transfer, update, upgrade, monitor, and manage your licenses online or offline. It also provides you with many benefits and features that improve your software functionality, performance, security, cost, flexibility, and maintenance. It also integrates with other SIMATIC software applications and devices that use the same license platform and communication protocol. If you encounter any problems or errors when using ALM Step 7, you can troubleshoot them by identifying the cause and applying the solution. You can also contact the Siemens support team or visit the Siemens website for more help or information.


FAQs




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