A Guide to Interpreting the System Information Batch File

Liz Sanderson
Liz Sanderson
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The system_information.bat file is a valuable tool for diagnosing potential issues within your system that could be causing errors when trying to run or license FME. By running the system_information.bat file, you are provided a detailed html report (FMEReport.html) of the following:

This article outlines what to look out for when reading the html report, and where to find additional resources for common errors found when running the system_information.bat file.


System Information

When looking at the system information portion of the html report, please take note of the following:

  • Volume ID
  • OS name
  • OS version
  • System Model
  • System Type
  • Available physical memory

Common issues to watch for:

  • If your volume ID has changed, your Registration Key will change and may prevent the successful startup of FME. This can occur for even small hardware changes. Please request a new license file if you notice that your registration key has changed.
  • If the Available Physical Memory is less than what is required by FME, the program will fail to initialize. Please free some physical memory for FME to run.
  • If your System Type says that your computer is 32-bit, but you are attempting to run 64-bit FME, the program will fail to initialize. Please ensure that your version of FME is consistent with your operating system.


Running Processes

Important things to look for in the Running Processes section would be anything with FME in the name, safe.exe or lmgrd.exe. Please note:

  • You will not see safe.exe or lmgrd.exe when running a fixed license version of FME,or if you are running the batch file on the client-side machine using a floating license. For floating license troubleshooting purposes, it is best to run the batch file on the floating license server.

Environment Variables

Take note of the following:

  • LM_LICENSE_FILE (shouldn’t exist)
  • SAFE_LICENSE_FILE (shouldn’t exist)
  • ARCGIS_LICENSE_FILE (may exist, ensure it is correct)
  • PATH

The LM_LICENSE_FILE and SAFE_LICENSE_FILE environment variables could be set by other applications or older versions of FME, which may interfere with the licensing process and connect to incorrect servers (if using a floating license). The correct settings should come from the files in <FME>/licenses. If you find these environment variables have been set, please remove them and restart the service (if using a floating license server).

SDE Libraries

This checks to see if SDE Libraries exist – If they exist, sde.dll, sg.dll and pe.dll will be listed.


Check to see if Oracle’s ORACLE_HOME or TNS_ADMIN is set and if tnsnames.ora and oci.dll files exist. It is permissible to install both 32 and 64 bit clients together; for FME purposes you just have to make sure that ORACLE_HOME is *not* defined, and that the PATH includes both instant clients’ installation directories (in either order). If ORACLE_HOME OR TNS_ADMIN exist, they will be listed in this section.


Lists the contents of the Autodesk plugin directories.


Take Note of:

  • Anything with License in the name if you have an old FME.
  • "BUILD" will list what FME builds have been installed.
  • "Extensions" will list what FME build extended what extension.
  • Check the ArcGIS license information. Watch for port numbers. It is possible if you use a floating license server, that it is trying to operate on the same port as ArcGIS, which will prevent FME from being licensed. Please navigate to this page for information on how to resolve this conflict.
  • If "Borrow" has entries after it, a license has been borrowed.

Machine Key (Registration Code)

This section shows you your Machine Key (Registration Code).

  • Ensure that is is the same as what is listed in the license files below.
  • If you are using a fixed license, and want to move it to a new machine, then install FME on the new machine and enter your serial number into the licensing assistant. Full details can be found in the FME Desktop Administrator's Guide
  • For Machine Key or Registry Key changes using a floating license, please request a new license file from our Floating License Request page.
  • There may be a different registration key listed under the Safe Software debugging section. If you are experiencing an issue with a fixed license this will be used by the support team for debugging.

FME Installations

Lists all the FME.exe installed and their paths. If you do not see any FME.exe installations, then FME has not been successfully installed. Please perform the troubleshooting steps found in the Fixed License Troubleshooting page, and in the Floating License Troubleshooting page. If you are still experiencing difficulty with your installation, please contact our Support Team and include FMEReport.html and FlexNet Report.html (FlexNet Report.html is only necessary if using a floating license).

Non-existent path entries

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