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RSLogix 5000 V20 Activation: How to Use FactoryTalk Activation Manager for Easy and Flexible Activation


Rslogix 5000 V20 Activation: What You Need to Know




If you are using Rslogix 5000 V20, the software that allows you to program and configure Allen-Bradley Logix5000 controllers, you need to activate it before you can use it. Activation is the process of verifying that you have a valid license for the software and that you are using it on an authorized device. Activation helps prevent software piracy and ensures that you have access to the latest features and updates.




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But how do you activate Rslogix 5000 V20? What are the different methods and steps involved? What if you encounter any issues or errors during the activation process? How do you transfer or rehost your activation if you change your device or system? How do you update or patch your software to keep it current and secure? And how do you use the various features and add-ons that come with Rslogix 5000 V20?


In this article, we will answer all these questions and more. We will guide you through everything you need to know about Rslogix 5000 V20 activation, from how to activate it using different methods, to how to troubleshoot any problems, to how to use its features and add-ons. By the end of this article, you will be able to activate your software with ease and confidence, and enjoy its full potential.


How to Activate Rslogix 5000 V20




There are three main ways you can activate Rslogix 5000 V20:


  • Using FactoryTalk Activation Manager



  • Using Serial Number and Product Key



  • Using Activation File



Let's look at each of these methods in detail.


Using FactoryTalk Activation Manager




FactoryTalk Activation Manager is a software tool that allows you to manage your Rockwell Automation software activations. You can use it to activate, rehost, repair, or update your activations online or offline. You can also use it to view your activation status, borrow activations for temporary use on another device, or return borrowed activations.


To activate Rslogix 5000 V20 using FactoryTalk Activation Manager, follow these steps:


  • Download and install FactoryTalk Activation Manager from the Rockwell Automation website. You can also use the link provided in the Rslogix 5000 V20 installation wizard.



  • Launch FactoryTalk Activation Manager from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.



  • Select Manage Activations and then Get New Activations.



  • Enter your serial number and product key for Rslogix 5000 V20. You can find them on the software packaging, on the product certificate, or in the email confirmation if you purchased online.



  • Select the device where you want to activate the software. You can choose between a hard disk drive, a USB flash drive, or a dongle. A hard disk drive activation is tied to a specific device, while a USB flash drive or a dongle activation can be moved between devices.



  • Click Get Activations. The software will connect to the Rockwell Automation activation server and download your activation files.



  • Once the download is complete, click Finish. You have successfully activated Rslogix 5000 V20 using FactoryTalk Activation Manager.



Using Serial Number and Product Key




If you do not want to use FactoryTalk Activation Manager, you can also activate Rslogix 5000 V20 using your serial number and product key directly. This method requires an internet connection and a web browser. To activate Rslogix 5000 V20 using your serial number and product key, follow these steps:


  • Open your web browser and go to the Rockwell Automation activation website. You can also use the link provided in the Rslogix 5000 V20 installation wizard.



  • Enter your serial number and product key for Rslogix 5000 V20. You can find them on the software packaging, on the product certificate, or in the email confirmation if you purchased online.



  • Select the device where you want to activate the software. You can choose between a hard disk drive, a USB flash drive, or a dongle. A hard disk drive activation is tied to a specific device, while a USB flash drive or a dongle activation can be moved between devices.



  • Click Generate Activation File. The website will generate an activation file for you and prompt you to save it on your device.



  • Save the activation file on your device. The file name will have the format SerialNumber.ProductKey.ActivationType.Activation (for example, 1234-5678-90AB-CDEF.HDD.Activation).



  • Copy the activation file to the following folder on your device: C:\Program Files\Rockwell Software\RSCommon\Activation\



  • You have successfully activated Rslogix 5000 V20 using your serial number and product key.



Using Activation File




If you have already obtained an activation file from another source, such as an email attachment, a CD-ROM, or a backup copy, you can also use it to activate Rslogix 5000 V20. This method does not require an internet connection or a web browser. To activate Rslogix 5000 V20 using an activation file, follow these steps:


  • Locate the activation file on your device or media. The file name will have the format SerialNumber.ProductKey.ActivationType.Activation (for example, 1234-5678-90AB-CDEF.HDD.Activation).



  • Copy the activation file to the following folder on your device: C:\Program Files\Rockwell Software\RSCommon\Activation\



  • You have successfully activated Rslogix 5000 V20 using an activation file.



How to Transfer or Rehost Rslogix 5000 V20 Activation




Sometimes, you may need to transfer or rehost your Rslogix 5000 V20 activation from one device to another. This may happen if you change your device or system, if you need to use the software on multiple devices, or if you encounter any hardware or software issues that affect your activation. Transferring or rehosting your activation allows you to deactivate it from one device and reactivate it on another device without losing your license.


There are two main ways you can transfer or rehost Rslogix 5000 V20 activation:


  • Using FactoryTalk Activation Manager



  • Using Activation File



Let's look at each of these methods in detail.


Using FactoryTalk Activation Manager




To transfer or rehost Rslogix 5000 V20 activation using FactoryTalk Activation Manager, follow these steps:



  • Launch FactoryTalk Activation Manager from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.



  • Select Manage Activations and then Rehost Activations.



  • Select the device where your Rslogix 5000 V20 activation is currently located. You can choose between a hard disk drive, a USB flash drive, or a dongle.



  • Select the activation that you want to transfer or rehost. You can see the serial number, product key, and activation type of each activation.



  • Click Rehost Selected Activations. The software will connect to the Rockwell Automation activation server and remove your activation from the current device.



  • Once the rehosting is complete, click Finish. You have successfully transferred or rehosted your Rslogix 5000 V20 activation using FactoryTalk Activation Manager.



  • To reactivate your Rslogix 5000 V20 on another device, follow the steps in the previous section on how to activate Rslogix 5000 V20 using FactoryTalk Activation Manager.



Using Activation File




To transfer or rehost Rslogix 5000 V20 activation using an activation file, follow these steps:


  • Locate the activation file on your current device. The file name will have the format SerialNumber.ProductKey.ActivationType.Activation (for example, 1234-5678-90AB-CDEF.HDD.Activation).



  • Copy the activation file to a removable media, such as a USB flash drive, a CD-ROM, or an email attachment.



  • Delete the activation file from your current device. This will deactivate your Rslogix 5000 V20 on this device.



  • Copy the activation file from the removable media to the following folder on your new device: C:\Program Files\Rockwell Software\RSCommon\Activation\



  • You have successfully transferred or rehosted your Rslogix 5000 V20 activation using an activation file.



How to Troubleshoot Rslogix 5000 V20 Activation Issues




Sometimes, you may encounter some issues or errors when activating, transferring, or rehosting your Rslogix 5000 V20. These issues may prevent you from using the software properly or cause it to malfunction. Some of the common issues and errors are:


  • The software does not recognize your activation file or device.



  • The software displays a message that your activation has expired or is invalid.



  • The software displays a message that you have exceeded the number of activations allowed for your license.



  • The software displays a message that you have no internet connection or cannot connect to the Rockwell Automation activation server.



  • The software displays a message that you have encountered an unknown error or exception.



How do you fix these issues and errors? Here are some tips and best practices that can help you troubleshoot them:


Common Errors and Solutions




Here are some of the common errors and solutions for Rslogix 5000 V20 activation issues:



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The software does not recognize your activation file or device.Make sure that you have copied the correct activation file to the correct folder on your device. The file name should match your serial number, product key, and activation type. The folder should be C:\Program Files\Rockwell Software\RSCommon\Activation\. If you are using a USB flash drive or a dongle, make sure that it is plugged in securely and recognized by your device. You may need to install drivers for some dongles. If you are using FactoryTalk Activation Manager, make sure that it is running and configured properly. You may need to refresh or repair your activations using the tool.


The software displays a message that your activation has expired or is invalid.Make sure that you have entered the correct serial number and product key for Rslogix 5000 V20. You can find them on the software packaging, on the product certificate, or in the email confirmation if you purchased online. If you have entered them correctly, make sure that you have not used them for another device or system. Each license allows you to activate Rslogix 5000 V20 on one device only. If you need to use it on another device, you need to transfer or rehost your activation first. If you have transferred or rehosted your activation, make sure that you have deactivated it from the previous device and activated it on the new device properly. You may need to contact Rockwell Automation customer support if you have lost your serial number or product key, or if you have any questions about your license terms and conditions.tr>The software displays a message that you have exceeded the number of activations allowed for your license.Make sure that you have not activated Rslogix 5000 V20 on more than one device or system. Each license allows you to activate Rslogix 5000 V20 on one device only. If you need to use it on another device, you need to transfer or rehost your activation first. If you have transferred or rehosted your activation, make sure that you have deactivated it from the previous device and activated it on the new device properly. You may need to contact Rockwell Automation customer support if you have any questions about your license terms and conditions.


The software displays a message that you have no internet connection or cannot connect to the Rockwell Automation activation server.Make sure that your device has a stable and secure internet connection. You may need to check your network settings, firewall, proxy, or antivirus software. You may also need to update your web browser or clear your cache and cookies. If you are using FactoryTalk Activation Manager, make sure that it is configured properly and has access to the internet. You may need to check the server status or contact Rockwell Automation customer support if the problem persists.


The software displays a message that you have encountered an unknown error or exception.Make sure that your device meets the minimum system requirements for Rslogix 5000 V20. You may need to update your operating system, drivers, or other software components. You may also need to reinstall or repair Rslogix 5000 V20 or FactoryTalk Activation Manager. You may need to contact Rockwell Automation customer support if the error code or message is not clear or if the problem persists.


Tips and Best Practices




Here are some tips and best practices that can help you avoid or prevent Rslogix 5000 V20 activation issues:


  • Keep a backup copy of your activation file in a safe place. You may need it in case of any hardware or software failure, or if you lose your original activation file or device.



  • Keep your serial number and product key in a safe place. You may need them in case of any activation issues, or if you need to contact Rockwell Automation customer support.



  • Keep your software updated and patched. You may need to download and install the latest updates or patches for Rslogix 5000 V20 or FactoryTalk Activation Manager from the Rockwell Automation website. This can help you fix any bugs, improve performance, and enhance security.



  • Keep your internet connection stable and secure. You may need a reliable and fast internet connection for activating, transferring, rehosting, or updating your Rslogix 5000 V20. You may also need a secure connection for protecting your data and privacy.



  • Keep your device clean and optimized. You may need to scan your device for any viruses, malware, or other threats that can affect your activation or software performance. You may also need to delete any unnecessary files, programs, or processes that can slow down your device or cause conflicts.



How to Update or Patch Rslogix 5000 V20




To keep your Rslogix 5000 V20 current and secure, you may need to update or patch it from time to time. Updating or patching your software can help you fix any bugs, improve performance, and enhance security. It can also help you access the latest features and add-ons that come with Rslogix 5000 V20.


There are two main ways you can update or patch Rslogix 5000 V20:


  • Using Download Center



  • Using ControlFlash



Let's look at each of these methods in detail.


Using Download Center




Download Center is a web-based tool that allows you to download the latest updates or patches for Rslogix 5000 V20 from the Rockwell Automation website. You can use it to search for the available updates or patches by product name, version number, release date, file size, or description. You can also use it to view the release notes, installation instructions, compatibility information, and other details for each update or patch.


To update or patch Rslogix 5000 V20 using Download Center, follow these steps:


  • Open your web browser and go to the Rockwell Automation Download Center website.



  • Select Software from the Product Category dropdown menu.



  • Type Rslogix 5000 V20 in the Search box and click Go.



  • Select the update or patch that matches your product name, version number, and release date. You can also filter the results by file type, language, or operating system.



  • Click Download. You may need to sign in with your Rockwell Automation account or create one if you do not have one.



  • Save the update or patch file on your device. The file name will have the format ProductName_VersionNumber_PatchNumber (for example, RSLogix5000_V20.04.00_Patch.exe).



  • Run the update or patch file on your device. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the update or patch.



  • Restart your device if prompted. You have successfully updated or patched Rslogix 5000 V20 using Download Center.



Using ControlFlash




ControlFlash is a software tool that allows you to update or patch the firmware of your Allen-Bradley Logix5000 controllers. Firmware is the software that runs on the controller hardware and controls its functions and features. Updating or patching your firmware can help you fix any bugs, improve performance, and enhance security. It can also help you access the latest features and add-ons that are compatible with Rslogix 5000 V20.


To update or patch your firmware using ControlFlash, follow these steps:


  • Download and install ControlFlash from the Rockwell Automation website. You can also use the link provided in the Rslogix 5000 V20 installation wizard.



  • Launch ControlFlash from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.



  • Select the controller that you want to update or patch from the list of available devices. You may need to connect your device to your controller using a communication cable or a network connection.



  • Select the firmware version that matches your Rslogix 5000 V20 version from the list of available firmware versions. You can also browse for a firmware file on your device or media if you have downloaded it from another source.



  • Click Next. The software will verify your controller and firmware information and prompt you to confirm the update or patch.



  • Click Finish. The software will start the update or patch process and display the progress and status on the screen.



  • Once the update or patch is complete, click Close. You have successfully updated or patched your firmware using ControlFlash.



How to Use Rslogix 5000 V20 Features and Add-ons




Rslogix 5000 V20 comes with various features and add-ons that can help you enhance your programming and configuration experience. These features and add-ons include:


  • Application Code Libraries



  • Add-on Profiles



  • Electronic Data Sheets



  • EPLAN Macros



  • Sample Code Library



Let's look at each of these features and add-ons in detail.


Application Code Libraries




Application Code Libraries are collections of reusable code modules that can help you create, modify, and maintain your Rslogix 5000 V20 projects faster and easier. You can use these code modules to perform common tasks, such as motion control, safety functions, diagnostics, data logging, and more. You can also customize these code modules to suit your specific needs and preferences.


To use Application Code Libraries in Rslogix 5000 V20, follow these steps:


  • Download and install Application Code Libraries from the Rockwell Automation website. You can also use the link provided in the Rslogix 5000 V20 installation wizard.



  • Launch Rslogix 5000 V20 from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.



  • Create a new project or open an existing project in Rslogix 5000 V20.



  • Select Tools and then Application Code Manager from the menu bar.



  • Select the code module that you want to use from the list of available code modules. You can also search for a code module by name, description, category, or keyword.



  • Select Import to Project. The software will import the code module into your project and display it in the Controller Organizer window.Edit the code module as needed. You can change the name, description, parameters, tags, logic, comments, or documentation of the code module. You can also add, delete, or modify any elements of the code module.



Save and verify your project. The


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