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How to run SDL Trados 2006 on Windows Vista and Windows 7

For those translators who have upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may have run into problems with your license file and FLEXlm. This article attempts to help you fix the FLEXlm error so that you can run SDL Trados 2006 on Windows Vista and Windows 7.


 

 

Introduction to the SDL Trados FLEXlm License Server

Upgrading to Windows Vista or Windows 7 has its advantages, however some programs, including SDL Trados 2006 don't operate properly. The truth is that SDL Trados 2006 is compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7, however the FLEXlm License Server it uses for license control is not.

It's always a good idea to upgrade to the latest operating system. Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 introduced a number of security features which make Windows much more secure against viruses and other malicious software. The down side is that increased security tends to break some of the older software packages.

SDL Trados and the Windows Vista & Windows 7 Firewall

With the introduction of the Windows firewall, many programs which previously worked without a hitch must now be setup correctly within the Windows firewall. SDL Trados is one of those programs. There are a number of programs which need to be allowed access through the Windows Vista and Windows 7 firewall in order to serve the license properly.

You will need to allow lmdiag.exe, lmgrd.exe, lmtools.exe and trados.exe in the "License Server" folder in your Trados installation path. This will allow the files to initiate and receive communication without any obstructions.

How to configure the Windows Firewall in Windows Vista and Windows 7 for SDL Trados 2006

The following steps will show you how to configure the Windows firewall for use with the FLEXlm License Manager that comes with SDL Trados 2006:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall
  2. On the Windows Firewall click on Allow a program through Windows Firewall
  3. On the Windows Firewall Settings dialog, ensure that the Exceptions tab is selected.
  4. Click the Add Program... button.
  5. On the Add a Program dialog, click the Browse... button and browse to the Trados install folder and find the License Server folder. Once there, select the first file, lmdiag.exe and click the Open button. Repeat the process for all the files, lmdiag.exe, lmgrd.exe, lmtools.exe and trados.exe.
  6. Once all the programs have been added click OK on the Windows Firewall Settings dialog to close the dialog.

Your SDL Trados 2006 is now configured in the Windows Firewall. Next we need to configure the FLEXlm License Server.

Configure the SDL Trados FLEXlm License Server in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Firstly, a bit of background. In Windows XP, the FLEXlm License Server started as a Service automatically when Windows started up. Vista nor Windows 7 allow the FLEXlm License Server to start automatically as a service.

In order to get around this, you need to deactivate the "Use Service" option on the Config Services tab of the FLEXlm License Server Licensing Tool and start the Server manually every time you reboot or restart the computer. FLEXlm does not work on Vista or Windows 7, neither automatically nor manually. Running FLEXlm as a service is not supported under Vista or Windows 7 until LMTOOLS version 9.51.

Of course, you could always upgrade to SDL Trados 2007, which fully supports running on Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well as Office 2007 - however, the costs associated with the upgrade may be prohibitive to some freelance translators.

Follow these instructions to configure the FLEXlm Licensing Tool, you do this by going into the LMTools:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > SDL International > SDL FLEXlm License Server > FLEXlm Licensing Tool
  2. Click the Config Services tab
  3. On the Config Services tab, uncheck Start Server at Power Up
  4. On the Config Services tab, uncheck Use Service
  5. Click the Save Service button
  6. Click on Start/Stop/Reread tab
  7. Click the Start Server button

Unfortunately there is no way out of this one and you will need to perform this 7 step process after each reboot manually. It is annoying, however it does let you continue to work with SDL Trados 2006 without interruption on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Conclusion

This article described a method on how to allow SDL Trados 2006 to run on Windows Vista and Windows 7 without having to upgrade to SDL Trados 2007. With a few quick changes to the way the Windows Firewall operates, we were able to re-establish correct operation.

 

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