Moving (aka rehosting) a Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation

Clients often call me very concerned about the hoops they'll have to jump through to move a Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation from one PC to another.

Truth of the matter is, if you have internet access it's a very easy task, and I'll run through the steps below:

On the PC you would like to remove the activation from:

Step 1: Connect your PC (with the activation file you would like to move, aka rehost, to another PC) to the internet

Note: While there are many ways to re-host an activation, doing so via the internet is the easiest. However, if your PC doesn't have internet access I recommend calling Rockwell at 440-646-3434 for free activation telephone support.

Step 2: Open the FactoryTalk Activation Manager

FactoryTalk Activation Moving aka Rehosting Step 1

Step 3: Click on “Manage Activations”

FactoryTalk Activation Moving aka Rehosting Step 2

Step 4: Click on “Rehost Activations”

FactoryTalk Activation Moving aka Rehosting Step 3

Step 5: Select, “I have internet access from this Computer,” and then click on the “Select Activations” button on the bottom right of the program.

FactoryTalk Activation Moving aka Rehosting Step 4

Step 6: Select the activation you would like to rehost and click on the “Complete Rehosting” button on the bottom right of the program.

FactoryTalk Activation Moving aka Rehosting Step 5

Once the rehosting has completed you'll receive a confirmation message. At that point the activation will again be available on Rockwell's servers, and you're ready to “Get Activations” in the FactoryTalk Activation Manager on the PC you wanted to move the activation to.

However, if you get a negative response after pressing the “Complete Rehosting” button, something has obviously gone wrong and I suggest getting free activation telephone support from Rockwell at 440-646-3434.

Additional Resource: If you would like to watch a Rockwell video of the rehosting procedure, click here.

I hope you've found this article on moving / rehosting your FactoryTalk activation helpful. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them by filling in the “post a comment or question” link below.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching ShawnMichael.com, which he later renamed ShawnMTierney.com. In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website, TheAutomationBlog.com, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web.
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