Using Command Line to Find Host ID for Student Licenses


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Command Line to Find Host ID

Applies to: Student Licenses

This document shows two methods to find the Host ID for your computer using Command Prompt.

This article applies to Windows 10. The same steps will work for earlier versions of Windows, but the command line display might be different.

This document refers to PathWave Design (formerly EEsof). This is a term that refers to:

  • PathWave Advanced Design System (ADS)
  • PathWave RF Synthesis (Genesys)
  • PathWave EM Design (EMPro)
  • PathWave System Design (SystemVue)

Option 1: If you have not installed PathWave Design...

If you have not yet installed any PathWave Design applications (such as ADS or System Design), you can use the following commands to find your Host ID.

  1. Open Command Prompt
  2. Type in the following command: getmac /v /fo list
  3. Command Prompt will display the following properties for each of your connections:
    1. Connection Name
    2. Network Adapter
    3. Physical Address
    4. Transport Name
  4. Locate the Physical Address for your hardware-based network connections.
    1. The recommended connections are...
      1. Your primary Ethernet adapter
      2. Your primary WiFi adapter
    2. Do not use connections where...
      1. Connection Name includes a number. For example, do not use Ethernet 2 or 3, as shown in the figure below.
      2. Network Adapter indicates the connection is a VPN or a virtual adapter.
  5. Your Host ID will be the Physical Address of your primary network connection. 
    1. If your computer has an Ethernet port, it is recommended to use this as your Host ID.
    2. If your computer does not have an Ethernet port, you can use your primary WiFi adapter.
    3. When reporting your Host ID, please remove any characters that are not letters or numbers (i.e. hyphens, periods, colons, etc. ).

The figure below shows the getmac /v /fo list command running on a computer. The green arrows point to the recommended Host IDs (hardware-based network connections). The red arrows point to the virtual connections that will not work for your Host ID.

Option 2: If you have installed PathWave Design...

If you have installed at least one PathWave Design applications (such as ADS or System Design), you can use the following commands to find your Host ID.

  1. Open Command Prompt

  2. Run the following command to change the directory: cd C:\Program Files\Keysight\EEsof_License_Tools\bin
  3. Run the following command: lmutil lmhostid

  4. The command line will list out the Host ID for your computer. 

  5. If there are multiple Host IDs listed, use Option 1 to determine which Host IDs are associated with your hardware-based network connections.

The figure below shows the output of the lmutil lmhostid command. The green arrows indicate which Host IDs are recommended, as they match the output from Option 1.


If you have trouble running the command line, try the following steps.

  1. Open the License Manager for any PathWave Design application.
  2. Go to the Environment tab on the left. 
  3. Scroll down to find Default Hostid.
  4. The Host IDs listed here will match the command line. 
  5. If there are multiple Host IDs listed, use Option 1 to determine which Host IDs are associated with your hardware-based network connections.

If you are using a Virtual Machine...

If you are using a virtual machine, it is recommended that you install one PathWave Design application (such as ADS or System Design) and proceed with Option 2 above. If you need help finding the MAC address, refer to the documentation for your virtual machine software.

You're Done!

After performing the above steps, you will have located the Host ID for your computer. Use this Host ID when you are requesting a student license. You can request your student license here.

Note: For the pictures in this article, the actual Host IDs have been redacted and replaced with random sequences.


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