A lower software version may be run using a higher version license by creating a text file named level.txt within the installation folder of the earlier product version. However, this does not apply to between current web-activated licenses and previous conventional licenses (therefore, for example, the SAP2000 v15 product cannot use a SAP2000 v16 license).

Level.txt file

Create a level.txt file by creating a text file with the Product Level and Product Version of the current license (please see examples below for exact specifications). Rename the file as level.txt and copy into the location listed below.

NOTE: This process may not work when versions are separated by more than one major release, in which case the license file for the older version should be requested. It is not possible to run V15 using V16 license, because the licensing has changed to a web-activated licensing that is based on different locking criteria.

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Location of level.txt file

Example: Running SAP2000 v16 using a SAP2000 v17 license

When running SAP2000 v16 using a SAP2000 v17 Advanced license, the level.txt file created will contain one line with the following information:

Product level should be the level of the current license (in caps), for example: 'BASIC', 'PLUS', 'ADVANCED' or 'ULTIMATE', etc. See level.txt for a list of levels for each CSI program. Product version should be the version number of the current license. 

For example:

ADVANCED 17 

Please see your licensing option below for the appropriate locations for where the level.txt and activated license should reside: 

Example: Running CSiBridge 2014 (v16) using a CSiBridge 2015 (v17)  license

PLEASE NOTE: Only CSiBridge 2014 (v16.1.0/1) will work with the CSiBridge 2015 (v17) license. Please check you have upgraded to this version. CSiBridge v16.1.0/1 can be downloaded from the Customer Support Portal. CSiBridge v16.1.0/1 is identical to CSiBridge v16.1.0 except for the update to the licensing.

When running CSiBridge 2014 (v16) using a CSiBridge 2015 (v17) Advanced with Rating license, the level.txt file created will contain one line with the following information:

Product level should be the level of the current license (in caps), for example: 'PLUS', 'PLUSRATING', 'ADVANCED' or 'ADVANCEDRATING', etc. See level.txt for a list of levels for each CSI program. Product version should be the version number of the current license. 

For example:

ADVANCED 2015 

Please see your licensing option below for the appropriate locations for where the level.txt and activated license should reside: 

Example: Running SAP2000 v14 using a SAP2000 v15 license

When running SAP2000 v14 using a SAP2000 v15 Advanced license, the level.txt file created will contain the following two lines:

For example:

ADVANCED
15 

Listed below are the installation and licensing combinations with the appropriate locations for where the level.txt and v15 "lservrc" file should reside: 

To use SAP2000 V15 license to run SAP2000 V14 with the add-on module license (Bridge, Staged Construction, Off-Shore), the SAP2000 V14.2.5 program installation and the SAP2000 V15 Ultimate license are required.

NOTE: The *.ini file takes precedence over the level.txt file, therefore it may be best to leave the field for the program level blank in the *.ini file.

To use SAP2000 V15 license to run SAP2000 V14 with the add-on module license (Bridge, Staged Construction, Off-Shore), the SAP2000 V14.2.5 program installation and the SAP2000 V15 Ultimate license are required.

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