Error: Your activation request was denied for the following reason: Server activation is not allowed.
2016A product release include some significant updates to the licensing technology, in order to accommodate the new node-locked license offering. Node locked licenses bypass the need to install an external license manager application. There are now two commonly issued license models, floating and node locked, each with their own method of activating.
Activating a node locked license using the Lumerical FlexNet License Manager utility will result in an error message similar to the one indicated here:
(Note: For floating license activation resulting in error code 7189, please refer to this link)
Activating a node locked license can now be processed using the product license configuration utility, without the need for a separate license manager.
Windows: Start -> All Programs -> Lumerical->PRODUCT_NAME -> Configure PRODUCT license
Notice there are two tabs, labelled Floating and Node Locked. Ensure the Node Locked tab is selected, and enter in your license activation code to activate.
See our KB for details on Node trusted storage license activation: