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DLM Automation 2 Plugins activation


I have installed DLM Automation 2: Build and DLM Automation 2: Release plugins in my TFS server, I have created the Build and Release Definitions successfully, however when I create a build or when I start a deploy of a build, I can see in the logs something like the following:

2017-05-18T20:38:23.1732825Z New-DlmDatabaseConnection, DLM Automation, Copyright © Red Gate Software Ltd 2014-2017
2017-05-18T20:38:23.4701342Z In trial: expires 2017/06/02 20:01:03 -04:00

I have SQL Toolbelt licenses, I would like to know how can I activate the plugins.

Thanks in advance!




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    chris_godfreechris_godfree Posts: 50 Silver 1
    edited May 23, 2017 8:17AM
    Hi Laurent, I had the same question about a month ago. If your TFS Server has an internet connection you can use the Register-DlmSerialNumber Powershell cmdlet, otherwise you can activate manually. Here are the instructions I got for that from RedGate:

    1) Open a command prompt or powershell window as administrator
    2) Run cd "c:\program files (x86)\red gate\DLM Automation 2\SC"
    3) Run the following (kindly make sure to run as is and *not* include your serial number) .\SQLCompare.exe /activateSerial:
    4) A dialog box will pop up and prompt you for your serial number - enter your serial number in the text box
    5) Click "Activate"
    6) This will fail and then give you an option to "Activate Manually" --please click this and follow the instructions as usual for manual activation (you'll need to copy and paste the provided request/response text to/from a machine with internet connection)

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    LautherLauther Posts: 16 Bronze 2
    Thanks for your quick answer Chris,

    Is that means that I have to install the DLM Automation software in the TFS box?, even if the only things I need are the plugins?

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    Hi Laurent,

    As far as I'm aware, the plugins contain a bundled version but it will expire at the end of the trial period. You should perform a proper install and activation of DLM Automation on your build server.
    Software Engineer
    Redgate Software
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    LautherLauther Posts: 16 Bronze 2
    Thank you Rob,

    I did it and could activate the plugins.

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