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Activating FotoStation using a logon script

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

Note: The FotoWare Application Activation Wizard has been superseded by the fwlicensetool for managing activations. For information on how to obtain this tool and use it to manage software activation from the command prompt, see Command line activation of FotoWare applications using fwlicensetool.

Considerations when deploying FotoStation

When rolling out a number of FotoStation Client installations in a network environment it can 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 also be automated using for example, 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, see Microsoft 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 every 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 you can enter the key 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 you can specify the products to deactivate.


fwappactwiz -repair <product key>

Used to repair a damaged, activated license. This may be necessary 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, as follows:

 fwappactwiz -activate <product key> -silent

Defining proxy settings

 In environments where a proxy server is used for outgoing internet access, you must 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 set the proxy server and run the activation:

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