I have created an options file for ArcGIS 10.1 so that I will be able to release a hanging ArcGIS license after a set amount of inactivity. I found that for ArcGIS 10.0 the correct directory to store the Options file on is C:\program files\ArcGIS\License10.0\bin.

Unfortunately for ArcGIS 10.1 once I open up the ArcGIS folder in C:\Program Files\ I can not figure out where to save the Options file.

  • More information on where I am having problems. Below are the steps for ArcGIS 10.0. It's the end of step 3 where it shows where to save the file that I am confused about as I do not see a directory like that for ArcGIS 10.1. – user216051 Aug 6 '14 at 13:15
  • It's the end of step 3 where it shows where to save the file that I am confused about for 10.1. 1.Open Notepad or another text editor. 2.Create your options based on the control you require. 3.Save the file as ARCGIS.opt in the ArcGIS License Manager installation location. The default location is C:\program files\ArcGIS\License10.0\bin. 4.Open the service.txt file from the installation location in a text editor. 5.Add the path to the ARCGIS.opt file in the VENDOR line after ARCGIS. For example: VENDOR ARCGIS options="C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\License10.0\bin\ARCGIS.opt" – user216051 Aug 6 '14 at 13:21

If you don't have the License Manager installed in the default location (C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\License), you need to figure out where it is installed.

Another possible location might be: C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\License

If it's not there and you're running the License Manager on Windows 7, just type License Server Administrator into the search box of the Start Menu. When the License Server Administrator pops up in the Startbar, right-click > Properties > Open File Location. This should take you to the installation directory of the License Manager.

If you're running the License Manager on Windows Server 2008 or 2012, you might try going to the control panel, hitting the View Menu and adding more columns. I believe there is an option in there to display the installation location.

In any case, once you've figured out the installation location of the License Manager, you want to ensure the options file is named 'ARCGIS.opt' and save it in the bin folder of the License Manager's install location. You'll then need to open the License Server Administrator and reread the licenses, which will pick up your options file. You can open the debug log after rereading your license file, scroll to the bottom and it there should be a line in there indicating that it is using the options file.

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