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How to retrieve Parallels Server for Mac 3.0 activation key

Article ID: 5491, created on Jul 23, 2008, last review on May 11, 2014

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1. Run TextEdit (or any other text editor you prefer), and click on File -> Open.

2. Browse to the root of your Mac disk -> Library -> Preferences -> Parallels folder.

3. Select the dispatcher.xml file to open in the editor.

4. The license and owner details are enclosed in the <License> tag in the beginning of the dispatcher.xml file, e.g.:
      <User>Your Name</User>
      <Company>Your Company Name</Company>

In the above example, AAAAAA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-DDDDDD-EEEEEE is the license (activation key) installed on your Parallels Server.

Alternatively, you can retrieve the License (activation) key using the command line:
 1) Start Terminal
 2) Paste the following command:
  grep -A4 '<License>' /Library/Preferences/Parallels/dispatcher.xml

 3) Find the license (AAAAAA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-DDDDDD-EEEEEE) in the terminal output similar to this example:

macserver1:~ root# grep -A4 '<License>' /Library/Preferences/Parallels/dispatcher.xml
     <User>Your Name</User>
     <Company>Your Company Name</Company>

5. Close the dispatcher.xml file. Please do NOT make any manual changes to the file.

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