Specifying a License Key

Parallels Desktop Business Edition license key is required to activate Parallels Desktop on target Macs. The key must be specified in the autodeploy package.

To specify the license key:

  1. In the autodeploy package, expand the License Key and Configuration folder (see the screenshot in the previous section).

  2. Open the deploy.cfg file in a text editor.

  3. Find the License section (second from the top) and enter your Parallels Desktop Business Edition license key as a value of the license_key variable. The key must be supplied in the following format: "XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX" (including quotes and dashes).

  4. Save the deploy.cfg file.

Starting from Parallels Desktop 18, 'Activation using corporate account (SSO)' option became available. This option works only if you purchased a special license type and setup integration with your identity provider in Parallels My account. Please check your license certificate for details. To enable 'Activation using corporate account' experience, comment the line with the license_key variable.

Note: Parallels Desktop activation requires Internet access. You need to make sure that port 443 is opened on target Mac computers, so they can communicate with Parallels License Server. You can also verify that the Mac computers can reach the Parallels License Server at https://desktop.parallels.com

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