Is it possible to use the trial version of RFEM 5 on a virtual machine?


Unfortunately, it is not possible to run any single-user licenses on virtual machines. Licensing is neither possible with the USB dongle nor with a softlock license.

The test or trial version of RFEM 5 or RSTAB 8 is a time-limited version that is controlled by a softlock. Therefore, the trial version of RFEM 5 or RSTAB 8 cannot be tested on a virtual machine.

In general, it is possible to operate a licensed version of RFEM 5 or RSTAB 8 on a virtual machine. However, you would need a network license for this.

The same applies to the test versions of the stand-alone programs SHAPE‑THIN, RX‑TIMBER, PLATE‑BUCKLING, CRANEWAY, and COMPOSITE‑BEAM.

More information can also be found in FAQ 002288.


Test Trial VM Virtual machine Softlock Software license License

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