The hosts File

The Windows hosts file allows the user to define which domain names (websites) are linked to which IP addresses. It also allows you to define the hostname and IP address of each of the computers on your network.

It is very important for Flexlm floating users that the hosts file will include the server information as well as some of the other computers on the network which need to get a license from the server.

Modifying the hosts File

From the Folder menu, browse to c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc folder.

hosts file location.

From Notepad, open the following file: c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts.
You will need to define the IP address hostname of the server, as well as the IP address and hostname of your computer as a minimum.

hosts file.

Failure to properly define the hosts file may result in license manager error where the client can't access the server and therefore can't get a license to run the tools.

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