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Activating FotoStation using a logon script

This article explains how you can activate FotoStation clients using a logon script.

Considerations when deploying FotoStation

When rolling out a number of FotoStation Client installations in a network environment it will often be useful to automate the activation of the license on each computer using a logon script. This can be done by creating a logon script that runs on every computer where FotoStation has been installed. The software installation can of course also be automated using e.g. Active Directory deployment, in which case you can also have the installer activate the client software for you by modifying the MSI package.

For information about creating a logon script, please refer to your Windows documentation.

FotoStation includes an executable file that can be run in a logon script with additional parameters to activate and deactivate the software, to repair an activation and to dump activation information to a text file. This executable file, fwappactwiz.exe, is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\FotoWare\Application Activation Wizard 1.1. This file can also be run on each single computer by choosing Run on the Start menu and specifying additional parameters as outlined below:

fwappactwiz - activate <product key>

Activates the software with the specified product key. Used without a product key the activation wizard will appear and let the user type or paste it in manually.


fwappactwiz - deactivate <product key>

Deactivates the software with the specified product key. Used without a product key, a dialog will list all activated FotoWare products on the machine and let the user specify which ones to deactivate.


fwappactwiz -repair <product key>

Used to repair a damaged, activated license. This may become necesary if hardware has been added to or removed from the computer.

"Silent" activation

To suppress the receipt message saying that the activation was successful, a -silent argument can be added to the activation string, like this:

 fwappactwiz -activate <product key> -silent

Defining proxy settings

 In environments where a proxy server is used for outgoing internet access, you will have to define the proxy setting as well. The proxy server is defined using an environment variable using the SET command.The two commands in the example below will set the proxy server and run the activation

set FW_ACTIVATION_PROXY=user:pwd@host:port
fwappactwiz -activate <product key>