SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 2 – Installing or upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL)


With every new version of SOLIDWORKS, if you are running the network version, the license manager is required to be upgraded to the latest version that a client is running. The license manager is backwards compatible with all older version of SOLIDWORKS along with PDM licenses.

You can use the same media/download as you would use for the clients, however you will want to select “Server Products” from the menu. With the license manager being previously installed. It should default to this option. You will get a notice about a pending reboot, but you will see this always by default even if you have rebooted. It is recommended to reboot before the install, but it is not required.

For a NEW install of the SNL manager follow these instructions

Fill in your serial number and click next.

Check the terms acceptance box and then download and install.

Launch the SNL manager from the Windows Start menu, it will be located under SOLIDWORKS 2019 Tools, SolidNetwork License Manager Server. Then you will see this message. Go ahead and click yes.

Verify the information on the next screen and click next.

Select your serial number(s) and next.

Verify the information on the this last page an you’re done!

For UPDATING a SNL manager follow these instructions:
The update is fairly straight forward and takes little time to accomplish. There are a few things to watch out for however.

The first step you want to do, is to make sure that there are no borrowed licenses out. If the server is upgraded when a borrowed license is pulled, the client will run into errors when trying to return the license with the new license manager.

Now with all borrowed licenses returned, the next step is to de-activate the license. If this is not done, you may have problems re-activating the license even though it is on the same computer.

Select the “Server Administration” tab, then select the “Modify” button.

Once selected, check the option to “Move your product licenses to a new/upgrade computer”.

If you have more than 1 serial number, select the “Select All” option and enter your email address.


Once the license has been de-activated, you can then procced to the upgrade.

Select the option to upgrade the license server.

You should not be required to re-enter your serial number since this stored in the registry and does not get removed by default.

Once the installation has been completed, there is still one major step to finish. You are still required to re-activate.

Launch the license manager once. It will prompt you to re-activate.

Run through the process of re-activating. Once this is complete, you are good to go!

***NEW FOR 2019***

Following the industry and environmental trends, SOLIDWORKS 2019 will only be available via electronic distribution for customers in US, Germany, France and Italy. You will be able to request one DVD media kit per valid serial number. Once your serial number is validated below, your media kit will be shipped within 45 business days.

John Van Engen
Support Team Leader
Computer Aided Technology, LLC