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Everything I think I know about Dataton v5 and v6 license keys

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Q. The last time I upgraded some keys, I did physical key swaps.  I presume this is the way we'd go for this one?
A. In some cases, rental houses will opt to hold on to the old style WATCHOUT v5 key and electronically upgrade them.
Why? Because …
an upgraded first generation v5 key is compatible with
v4.5.1 and all v5 variants, electronically upgrading adds all v6 variants.
 i.e. three generations of compatibility
 
A second generation key (no longer available — superseded 03–Jun–2019) is
   only compatible with v5.5.x and all v6 variants.
 i.e one and a half generations of compatibility.
 
A new third generation MicroKey (current offering)
only supports all v6 variants, no legacy compatibility. 
durability …
The older style keys are larger and much easier to inadvertently physically damage.
- Keys kept inside the computer tend to last indefinitely (internal USB port)
- keys plugged in on the outside eventually see damage. (external USB port)
The Microkeys, while not impervious, tend to see
 lower damage rates than the older larger keys when used on external USB ports.
If you have working MicroKeys now (yes, there were v5 MicroKeys before v6).
 it makes no sense to swap them for less capable v6 only new MicroKeys.
Working or damaged v5 keys are accepted for v6 upgrade swap,
 bypassing the damaged key replacement fee if your key was not working.
First generation keys (two types)
Original WATCHOUT 5 key – includes 2 Gb nonvolatile storage
 these were more delicate than later offerings
 and some distributors refuse to upgrade the "black keys" electronically and insist they be swapped.
But they can be electronically upgraded if you assume the risk
 (i.e. pay a damaged key replacement fee if the key later fails).
 
watchout_key.jpg
 
The first metal case v5 replacements remained first generation compatibility
 – includes 2 Gb nonvolatile storage
 
3150_wo5_license-rev2-silverKey.png
 
 
Second generation silver metal keys
 
no non-volatile shortage
There are silver metal cased keys with no storage that are second generation compatibility.
They look a bit like the ones pictured above, typically a bit shorter.
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Second generation key / third generation key - MicroKey
no non-volatile shortage
Microkeys all look alike, both the second and third generation MicroKeys can not be distinguished visually.
Use WATCHOUT Production License Manager to confirm if they are either
both v5.5.x and v6 (second generation) or 
v6 only(third generation).

 

MicroKey-pic_of_3-3150_WATCHOUT_400.png

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