The Vivado 2017.3 and beyond releases introduce the following changes in licensing that are listed below:
- Starting with Vivado 2017.3, activation licensing is no longer supported. Existing activation licenses have been replaced with certificate based license that can be accessed from www.xilinx.com/getlicense.
- Flexera version for license management tool has been upgraded to 11.14.1. Vivado 2017.3 is the last release that will support Solaris operating system for Flex license management tools. Xilinx will continue to support Window and Linux operating systems for Flex license management tools.
- Anyone using floating license will require to upgrade licensing utilities to Flex 11.14.1. These new licensing utilities are available on the Xilinx Downloads Website.
Note: Flex version upgrade does not affect valid license files, in other words, existing valid license files will work with the Vivado 2017.3 release after you upgrade the licensing utilities.