After activating your License Key in Ignition, you may see a banner that says Ignition is in Emergency Activation Mode.
This means the License Key that you used has already been activated. Either it was used previously on another computer, or something went wrong during activation and it registered twice. Fortunately, you have plenty of time to fix this problem. Emergency Activation Mode means you are fully licensed for 7 days, so even at night or over the weekend, you can still run without interruption until it is fixed.
In order to fix your License Key, you must contact Inductive Automation. You can reach us by email or by phone and we will walk you through fixing your license. It is usually a very quick procedure that involves you re-activating after we have fixed your License Key from our end.
Basically: computers sometimes fail and you need to get running again, fast.
When you initially activate your copy of Ignition, it will run as long as your computer does. As we all know, sometimes there are hardware failures or your computer just stops working. There are many things you can do to minimize this, but once it happens you need to be able to get Ignition up and running again quickly. This Emergency Activation Mode allows you to do this without having to involve Inductive Automation until after your facility is back on track.
For full steps to get Ignition running for the first time, see our Quick Start Guide. If you already have Ignition installed and running in your facility, it's easy to get back to running quickly. Just make sure you have the following stored on a computer or shared drive that is not your Ignition Gateway: