FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Videos from Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B)

FactoryTalk Activation SplashRockwell’s FactoryTalk Activation (FTA) can be a little intimidating and frustrating for new users.

However, since FTA was released Rockwell has published nine FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Videos on their Allen-Bradley website at www.AB.com, and in today’s article I’ll list all of these videos, and provide a direct link to view each:

FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Videos by Allen-Bradley (A-B): 

Rockwell FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Video ListingVideo 1: Choosing a Host ID (link to video)

Video 2: Get Activations with Internet Access (link to video)

Video 3: Find Available Activations (link to video)

Video 4: Borrow and Return Activations (link to video)

Video 5: Manage Activations (link to video)

Video 6: Interpret Activation Messages (link to video)

Video 7: Rehost an Activation with Internet Access (link to video)

Video 8: Rehost as Activation without Internet Access (link to video)

Video 9: Get Activations without Internet Access (link to video)

I hope you find the above listing of Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Videos helpful. If you would like to leave a comment please use the “Leave a reply” form at the bottom of this article.


Shawn Tierney
Automation Consultant
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Legacy Comments

  1. I am not sure if there is a topic discussing “Borrowing”. We have many technicians that must use Rockwell software but only occasional. We invest each year in a small number of activations (let’s say 20) and load them to a single server location. This server is accessible for internal technicians and to the field by using VPN. The technician can either stay on VPN and use the software or can borrow a specific activation for a few days. This greatly reduces cost and provides central control of software users that can number in the hundreds.

    Borrowing also minimizes re-hosting for stolen laptops or replacements.

    Each user must setup the server path in FT Activations Manager with a preceding “27000@” which has something to do with a Flexnet port.

    Example: 27000@

    For some reason with Windows 7 (perhaps 8 or higher), the server must use the IP address and not the host name.

    I hope this helps.


    • Good morning Dadadadeo,

      Thanks for sharing your tip!

      I’ve also found borrowing is needed for non-concurrent licenses, typically older licenses but also including RSLogix Micro Starter.


      Shawn Tierney

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