Authorizing your software and data

Esri Business Analyst Desktop and the 2014 data update uses your current ArcGIS license system and requires authorization to be activated. You need to add the Business Analyst feature to the Esri license manager. Once your license manager has been updated, you can activate the feature through the Extensions dialog box in ArcGIS for Desktop.

Licensing your software

You will receive an e-mail from Esri Customer Service with the appropriate authorization numbers. This license email is in the standard format used for all Esri licensed products.

An Esri global account is required to access the My Esri site, which contains software downloads and authorization tools. To begin the download process, you will either need to link your global account using the token received in a previous email containing your order information, or by logging in with your existing Esri Global account. Due to the file size of the Business Analyst, the default installation method is via the USB media, not through a software download.

To access your Esri software downloads and authorization numbers go here:

The following steps can be taken to authorize your ArcGIS and Business Analyst licenses:

  1. Upon completion of the ArcGIS software installation process, the ArcGIS Administrator Software Authorization Wizard will automatically launch.
    • (For new users)
      • Choose Desktop
      • Choose your ArcGIS software product type or set the License Manager and click Authorize Now
      • Under the Other Extensions section, enter Business Analyst or Business Analyst Premium and the corresponding authorization number and follow the wizard instructions to complete the licensing process.
    • (For existing users) - It will prompt you for automatic upgrade of the current license keys
      • Choose Desktop
      • Choose your ArcGIS software product type or set the License Manager and click Authorize Now.
      • If you choose Yes at the prompt to upgrade then all features, including the Business Analyst extension, will be upgraded to the 10.2.2 version.
      • If you choose No, you can still access the upgrade functionality later in the ArcGIS Administrator.
  2. ArcGIS will be available to use after the license authorization or upgrade has taken place. You can view the available features from within the ArcGIS Administrator.

Licensing your data

Upon completion of the Business Analyst Data install you will be prompted to apply a data license. The data license (*.SDLIC) unlocks all Business Analyst datasets. Click Open and navigate to your SDLIC file. If you close this dialog without applying the data license you can manage your SDLIC files through the ArcGIS Administrator, via All Programs > ArcGIS > ArcGIS Administrator. Learn more about data license files here.

If you have Business Analyst Premium, an *.LFX license file is used to unlock the Address Coder functionality. Save the*.LFX file locally. When you first launch Address Coder, it will be operating in Demonstration Mode with a maximum of 20 records that can be processed. To unlock the full Address Coder functionality, Go to File > Options. On the License tab, choose Browse, set the path to the directory where your Address Coder license file is located, and click Open. Your Address Coder is now licensed. Click Apply and click Close.