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2575116 - Cannot obtain license after upgrading to 16.6 SP05 or higher - SAP PD


  • SAP PD has been upgraded to 16.6 SP05 or higher.
  • The SySAM license server has not been upgraded to 2.4 yet. An earlier version of SySAM is used.
  • Error is displayed when starting up SAP PD:

Cannot find the feature PD_SHELL in the license file.
Cannot obtain license with new paameters.
The old parameters will be restored.

  • No error is returned in the SySAM log file, i.e. sybase.log.
  • The file sysam.log that can be found in C:\ProgramData\PowerDesigner 16 contains:

Using licenses from: C:\ProgramData\PowerDesigner 16\powerdesigner.server.lic
Failed to obtain 1 license(s) for PD_SHELL feature from license file(s) or server(s).
No such feature exists. Verify that a license containing the feature name PD_SHELL is available or generate and deploy the license from the SAP Support Portal.
License feature name: PD_SHELL
License search path: C:\ProgramData\PowerDesigner 16\powerdesigner.server.lic;
FlexNet Licensing error:-5,414

"Image/data in this KBA is from SAP internal systems, sample data, or demo systems. Any resemblance to real data is purely coincidental."



  • SAP PowerDesigner (PD) 16.6 SP05 and higher
  • SySAM 2.2 or 2.3


SAP PowerDesigner 16.6 ; Sybase Software Asset Management 2.3


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