I am following the silent installation instructions regarding pushing out the Toad key via an XML file. I create a key file according to the instructions and place my 21 digit Toad key and site message in this file. However the key is not registering.
Starting in v10, the format of the Toad license key was changed from a 21-digit number to a longer alphanumeric strings. The silent instructions only pertain to the new Toad license key format and not pushing out the 21-digit key (x-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx)
If you want to get your key with the older format type converted to the newer alphanumeric type, contact our licensing departement at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form at https://support.quest.com/LicenseKey.aspx. Please supply your original key for confirmation.
When Toad is launched, it looks to see if there is a settings folder already created. If there is, then it goes ahead and opens Toad using the settings files that are already there. If there is not one already created, which would happen the first time it is launched, it copies the contents of the C:\Program Files\Quest Software\Toad for Oracle x.x\ClientFiles folder and creates one. The file (QSAuth11.key) that stores the information for this type of key is stored in the same folder. This file is normally created after you enter your license key.
So, what you need to do is create a script that will place a manually created QSAuth11.key file into the C:\Program Files\Quest Software\Toad for Oracle x.x\ClientFiles folder. This way when Toad is launched for the first time, the contents of the ClientFiles folder will be copied over, and it will copy the key file over as well. This will trick Toad into thinking you already entered it and you will not be prompted.
You can manually create the QSAuth11.key file using notepad. The contents of the file should be two lines. The first line should be the license key and the second line should be the site message. It should look something like this...
You can find the settings folder, where the ClientFiles folder's contents will be copied to when Toad is launched for the first time, at…
C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Quest Software\Toad for Oracle\x.x for XP
C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Quest Software\Toad for Oracle\x.x for Windows 7