Licensing & Support FAQs

Creating a Redgate ID
Managing your licenses in the customer portal
Managing license admins & owners
Managing license users

Explanation of owners/admins/users in the customer portal

All entitlements have been claimed

Finding your serial number

Moving a license to a different machine
Changing the serial number used to activate a product
Manually activating
Command line activations
How Redgate tools are licensed
Trial expired message
SQL Monitor licensing
Locating logfiles
Handling your data


Creating a Redgate ID

If you don’t already have a Redgate ID, you can create one:

  1. Go to the Redgate ID log in page and click Don’t have a Redgate ID?

  2. Enter an email address and password, and click Create Redgate ID.

  3. You'll receive an email from Redgate. Click the confirmation link in the email to confirm your email address.

You can now log in to your account.

Managing your licenses in the customer portal

You can access the details of your Redgate licenses by logging into your Redgate account on our website. The first view you see in the My Products tab shows a summary of all the licenses associated with your account.

The initial view gives an overview of all products that you own, are an admin or owner of, or have been invited to use. Everyone associated with the invoice automatically becomes a license owner and can view license information and invite others to use the license. A license owner can delegate management of the license to any number of license admins, who can also view the license information and invite users to use it. 

License owners and license admins are able to manage the license for that product by clicking on the Manage cog alongside the product details

Anonymous activations

If you’ve been using Redgate products for a long time and have purchased multiple licenses, there’ll be a number of people using those products anonymously - labelled as Not logged in. This makes it hard to know exactly who is using which product, which can be a problem if you’re responsible for tracking license usage in your organisation.

To remove an anonymous user, click on the Remove button alongside the details in the list.

Managing your Redgate licenses

Managing license admins & owners

To invite a person to be a license admin or owner, enter their email address in the input field and click Send. That person will need to log on to customer portal with their Redgate ID. If they don't already have a Redgate ID, they can create one using the email address that was used to invite them. You can also enter multiple email addresses to invite more than one license admin at a time.

To remove a person's license admin rights, click on the Remove button alongside their details in the list. 

Submitting a license owner request

If you would like to request to become a license owner, click on add existing license< on the My Products page of the customer portal and enter the serial key.

An email will be sent to any existing owners of the license asking them to accept or reject your request.  When the existing owner has accepted you will become an owner and will be able to see the license in your account.

In some instances, the existing owner may have left the company, when this is the case, if there are no other license owners to accept your request, the request will pend for 10 days and then automatically accept.

Managing license admins & owners

Managing license users

If you are a license owner or admin, when you click on the Manage cog next to a product on the summary page you’ll see the detailed view for that product.

In the left section, you will find a summary of your license and how it is currently being used. To the right is the Current allocated users' section where you can invite and manage the allocated users of the license.

If you are managing a Product Bundle, you'll notice that your license key is split into sub groups. For example, SQL Toolbelt will be presented in four sections; SQL Toolbelt (Backup), SQL Toolbelt (Desktop tools), SQL Toolbelt (Monitoring), SQL Toolbelt (Multi Script). 

Inviting a user

To invite a user, enter their email address in the email field and click Send. They’ll receive an email saying they’ve been invited to use a product. You can also enter multiple email addresses to invite more than one user at a time.

The email includes a link which, when clicked, takes them either to a page where they can create a Redgate ID (if they don’t already have one), or to the Redgate ID login page. Once they’ve logged in, they’ll be taken to the product summary view in My Products, where they can get the serial number which is needed to activate the product.  

You can invite as many users as you have licenses for the product. When you’ve reached the maximum number of invitations, you’ll see the message All licenses are currently in use above the list of allocated users, and the invitation functionality will be unavailable. In this scenario, you must first remove one of the existing allocated users before you can invite another user. 

Removing a user

To remove an allocated user, click on the Remove button alongside their details in the list. This has the same effect as someone deactivating the product on their computer.

Managing license users

Explanation of owners/admins/users in the customer portal

A license owner can see license information and perform all actions relating to inviting and removing owners, admins and users from the license. 

License admins can see license information and perform all actions relating to inviting and removing users from the license.

A license user can download and use the license from the portal.

All entitlements have been claimed

Our licensing system is now user based (with the exception of server tools) so when activating licenses, if you are logging in with the same Redgate ID each time then you will be able to activate on as many machines as you need without running out of activations.

If you have changed your email address or you're not logging in with your Redgate ID you may get a message saying that all the entitlements have been claimed.  If this happens you will need to log in to the customer portal and remove an old activation.

Finding your serial number

When you purchase a product, you can view your serial numbers at You'll need to log in with the email address and password you provided when you purchased the product. Each time a serial number is used by a new user to activate a product, one license will be claimed.

If you need to reinstall products on the same computer (e.g. after installing a new operating system), you can reactivate them using the same serial number. This doesn't affect the number of available licenses for the serial number. For information about moving a license to a different computer.

Moving a license to a different machine

To move a license to a different computer you'll need to deactivate the serial number on the old machine and then reactivate it on the new one.

If you are having problems activating your license on a new computer you may need to log in to the customer portal and free up an activation by removing an old user who is no longer using the license.  You will need to contact the license owner/administrator if you can't see the license in the portal.

Changing the serial number used to activate a product

To change the serial number used to activate a product you will need to follow one of these options, depending on the product and version you are using:

  • On the Help menu, select Manage my license.
  • On the Help menu, select Enter serial number

For some products, you will need to deactivate the old serial number first.

Manually activating

You can use manual activation to activate products when your computer doesn't have an internet connection or your internet connection does not allow SOAP requests.

You'll need access to another computer with an internet connection and then transfer the installer over on a flash drive.

You can then manually activate the license - here's some step-by-step instructions.

NB: Make sure you leave the original window with the request text open whilst you generate the response text, then paste in the response. 

The 'Check for updates' feature from within the software won't work when you're offline. Instead, you can check the Redgate website for updates on a machine with connectivity here to see if you're on the latest version. You can download and transfer updates to your offline machine manually using a USB stick.

Command line activations


Open a command prompt, navigate to the folder where your product executable file is located and run a command with the following syntax:

<name of productEXE> /activateSerial:<serialNumber>

  1. sqlcompare /activateSerial:001-123-456789-ABCD


Open a command prompt, navigate to the folder where your product executable file is located and run a command with the following syntax:

<productEXE> /deactivateSerial

  1. sqlcompare /deactivateSerial

How Redgate tools are licensed

User based licensing

Most Redgate tools are licensed per user.  This means that if you are a user of a single Redgate license you are entitled to install that license on as many machines as you need, so if you are planning to use the license at work, on a laptop at home and on a VM you can install on all three.

If more than one person needs to use the license you would need to purchase an additional license for each user.

Server and capacity based licensing

A few of our tools are licensed per server, such as SQL Monitor and SQL Backup Pro, or by capacities, such as SQL Clone and Data Masker for SQL Server.

To see how each product is licensed, take a look at our Software Editions page.

In the case of the SQL Toolbelt, where there's a mixture of licenses, you would need to purchase additional licenses of the server tools if the number of servers is larger than the number of users. We offer discounts when you buy multiple licenses. Contact us at for more information.

Trial expired message

If your trial period has expired and you are looking to purchase or you require more time to evaluate then please contact

This message is sometimes displayed when you have upgraded to a new major version or downloaded an upgrade from the Redgate website, reverting to trial mode.  If you have a license and you run into this error you will need to activate your serial key within the tool.  You can do this one of two ways depending on the product:

  • On the Help menu, select Manage my license
  • On the Help menu, select Enter serial number

 This will put you back into licensed mode.


You can download the latest version of a product using Check for Updates, the customer portal or the Redgate website.

  • If you download the latest version from our website or the customer portal, you need to run the installer to upgrade the product.  Some Redgate products are available as part of bundle and you can select which products you want to upgrade when you run the installer.
  • If you use Check for Updates, the installer runs automatically.

You can install the latest major version of our standalone desktop tools on the same machine as the previous version.  Some users prefer to run an old version alongside the latest version to compare old databases that aren't compatible with the latest version of the tool. 

However, installing a minor release will upgrade the existing installation. Our server tools (e.g. SQL Monitor, SQL Backup) and tools which operate entirely within SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio will always upgrade the existing installation.

To revert to an earlier version, uninstall the later version, then download and install the version you want from the Release notes and other versions page.  You can use a serial number for a later version to activate an earlier version. 


Before upgrading you may want to check the system requirements which can be found on our documentation site by choosing your product and then clicking Requirements.

If you run into any problems after upgrading a Redgate tool, SQL Server Management Studio or SQL Server, in most cases an uninstall and subsequent reinstall of the Redgate tool should fix the problem.

SQL Monitor licensing

SQL Monitor is licensed per Windows server (either physical or virtual).

If running a Windows cluster, every node participating in the cluster requires a license. This includes passive nodes: these are automatically detected, and it is not possible to monitor only part of a cluster.

SQL Monitor licensing does not check the number of SQL Instances installed on an individual server.

Licensing for Azure SQL Databases

The licensing model for Azure SQL Databases requires one full SQL Monitor license allocation per five Azure SQL databases.

Licensing for Azure Managed Instances

Azure Managed Instances require one full SQL Monitor license per Managed Instance.

SQL Toolbelt Licensing

Whilst SQL Toolbelts are licensed per user, SQL Monitor (as part of the Toolbelt) is still licensed per server (physical or virtual).

Example: You have a 30 user SQL Toolbelt licence - this entitles you to 30 SQL Monitor licenses.

Locating log files

You can find information about log files and their locations by choosing a product:

The Redgate Client, which is common to most products, creates a log file in the following location:

    %ProgramData%\Red Gate\Shared Client\Log

SQL Test and .NET Reflector don't create log files.

Handling your data

If you require information on how Redgate handles your data please contact us on one of the following email addresses: 

For resellers: 

Any other organisation: 


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