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Academic License with Commercial License

I am an professional engineer and have my own commercial license of Creo. I am also a coach of a FIRST Robotics FTC Team and wish to help my kids with learning and using Creo. I know I can't open any of their files with my commercial license nor can I create files for them to open. I understand why so I just want to make sure I can set my machine up to run the academic license to review their work and support them.

Does anyone know if I can run both a commercial license and academic license on the same machine?

If I can, what things do I need to do to not mess up my current commercial configuration?

Thanks for any Help, Mark

P.S. If this is the wrong forum to discuss this, I appologize and hope someone could direct me to the correct place to get help.

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Re: Academic License with Commercial License

HI Mark,

Absolutely! We have plenty of FIRST mentors that have this set up. The process is a little bit complicated and there are a few things that can go wrong. If you can send me an email at - I can connect with you to do a remote session. This will allow me to verify that everything is working as it should and that both licenses are valid.

Please let me know if anyone else has this same request. Thanks!

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Re: Academic License with Commercial License

HI Mark,

Absolutely! We have plenty of FIRST mentors that have this set up. The process is a little bit complicated and there are a few things that can go wrong. If you can send me an email at - I can connect with you to do a remote session. This will allow me to verify that everything is working as it should and that both licenses are valid.

Please let me know if anyone else has this same request. Thanks!

Re: Academic License with Commercial License

Mark,

Could you elaborate on how to complete this process?

Thanks!

Shane

Re: Academic License with Commercial License

Shane,

The below guide assumes that the license that you are currently using is the commercial license. If this is not the case, please let me know. Also it assumes that you have generated a schools edition license file and saved it to the correct place. If you haven’t done this part, here’s how:

  1. Go to: http://www.ptc.com/appserver/lm/programs/index.jsp?&hostid=REQUIRED&program=creoedusgl3&product=BH40... to generate a license and have it emailed to you. I have included a utility that can help determine your license file.
  2. Save the license file to: C:\ProgramData\PTC\Licensing
Here’s the process to get the two license files to work together…
  1. Navigate to the bin folder of Creo Parametric, usually C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 3.0\M010\Parametric\bin
  2. In this folder you should have two files “parametric.bat” and “parametric.psf”. If your software is currently configured to run on your commercial license, rename these files to “commercial.bat” and “commercial.psf”.
  3. Edit the file “commercial.bat” and change the path in the file to read:
    "C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 3.0\M010\Parametric\bin\parametric.exe" "C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 3.0\M010\Parametric\bin\commercial.psf" %*
    The only change you should make is the one highlighted. Save the changes and close the file.

  4. Edit the file “commercial.psf” and go to the line that begins with “DESC=” which should be on line 4 to say
    DESC=Commercial Edition
  5. Also change the line that says “ENV=PRO_MECH_COMMAND” to say (line 10):
    ENV=PRO_MECH_COMMAND="%CREOAPP_DIRECTORY%\bin\parametric.exe" "%CREOAPP_DIRECTORY%\bin\commercial.psf"Save the changes and close the file.
  6. Copy commercial.psf and commercial.bat and make another copy in the C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 3.0\M010\Parametric\bin folder. Name these files schools.psf and schools.bat respectively.
  7. Edit the file “schools.bat” and change the path in the file to read:
    "C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 3.0\M010\Parametric\bin\parametric.exe" "C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 3.0\M010\Parametric\bin\schools.psf" %*
    The only change you should make is the one highlighted. Save the changes and close the file.

  8. Edit the file “schools.bat” and make the following changes…
    1. Change the line that says “DESC=” (line 4) DESC=PTC Creo Parametric (default) to say:
      DESC=Schools Edition

    2. Change the line that says “ENV=PRO_MECH_COMMAND” to say (line 10):
      ENV=PRO_MECH_COMMAND="%CREOAPP_DIRECTORY%\bin\parametric.exe" "%CREOAPP_DIRECTORY%\bin\ schools.psf"
    3. Change the “ENV=PTC_D_LICENSE_FILE-=” (line 34) to have your schools license path. Here is an example of mine:ENV=PTC_D_LICENSE_FILE-=C:\ProgramData\PTC\Licensing\BH400407EDSTUDENTEDK12_license.dat
    4. Change the line “ENV=CREOPMA_FEATURE_NAME=” (line 36) to say:
      ENV=CREOPMA_FEATURE_NAME=CREOPMA_Schools3 ()
    5. Save your changes and close.

  9. Now when you launch Creo 3.0, it should prompt you which license you would like to use!

If you run into any problems, please let me know!

Re: Academic License with Commercial License

Thank you so much Mark!!

Re: Academic License with Commercial License

Any time!