SOLIDWORKS 2016 Installation Guide Part3 – Electrical Installation

SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts – SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data

SQL Meta Data has

  • All data about everything… (All of the CAD document data is contained here.)

Electronic Program Data

  • Program Files – The application, (without this the program will not run).
  • Program Data – The data, (without it the program will run…but will have no content)

Licensing scheme for SOLIDWORKS Electrical:

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (limited to 1 PC)

Use the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The installation manager is a simplified process that will help guide you through the install.

First a few important questions…

  • Do you want to share the data now or in the future?
  • How many people will share the data?
  • Do you want to use an existing SQL Server instance?

Is it a local or server installation?


Everything is installed locally

If choosing the individual method:


If you are adding to an existing SOLIDWORKS installation you will need to choose Modify.


Enter your serial number for SolidWorks


A SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic code is generally only required where SOLIDWORKS is NOT being installed. (If the SOLIDWORKS and Electrical serial numbers match only use the SOLIDWORKS number box)


Product selection menu and the more button on the summary page give you the options to turn on the products and configure the locations etc. The below image is the appropriate settings for an Individual install with the end user machine being the SQL server host. Under the Products click Change and then check the boxes for SOLIDWORKS Electrical and the sub-products:

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D
  • Collaborative server
  • Data


Click next to get to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Options menu.

  • Specify server SQL name and data location
  • All other settings can be local


Or you may need a new instance if it has not been setup before.

SQL Server

  • New instance
  • Password


Upgrading an Existing Install

A few of the previous screens may look different if you already have installed an older version of SOLIDWORKS Electrical. The first thing you should do is create an Environment Archive inside of your previous version of SOLIDWORKS Electrical. To do this, launch your current SWE install, go to file, archive environment


You will see this message if you have installed SOLIDWORKS Electrical on your machine previously. The environment archive done in the last step should give you a secure start if you have issues with the new version.


Likely you will already have an existing SQL Server instance on your server so it is ok to use the existing instance from a previous install.


Network Server Install

If choosing to use server products:

Server Products has options for installing the SOLIDWORKS Electrical server.

  • Everything except the application files are installed on a server ( for use sharing data between users, the SQL server and data folders will reside on the server)


Continue on to configure the settings and file locations. Remember this is on the server computer so you may use C: as well but it might be another drive letter. Work with your IT dept. to determine the proper location.

You will add all of these features to the installation

  • Data (libraries and projects)
  • Collaborative Server (multiple user-interface)
  • SQL Server (database engine)

Set the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Options menu.

  • Data Location
  • Collaborative Server
    • SQL Server location
    • Initial Port

You may already have an existing SQL Server instance on your server so it is ok to use the existing instance from a previous install. Or you may need a new instance if it has not been setup before.

  • SQL Server
    • New instance
    • Existing instance
    • Authentication mode
    • Password


Network Client Install

These settings will similar to the individual install with these slight changes. Uncheck the collaborative server and data options. These will be provided by the server.


The server settings should look like this:


Potential Errors:



Invalid permissions

  • Machine
  • SQL


  • Firewalls
  • Anti-virus
  • Network connection
  • Install settings


  • Incorrect password
  • TEW password length (also seen as 27506)
  • Sometimes this error comes up as 27502 (if they have epdm) sometimes it's 27506 (if there is no epdm but password restrictions are enabled)

Install settings




Invalid permissions

  • Upgrade from major version
  • SQL database owner

Installation settings

  • Incorrect options chosen
  • Admin image



SQL cannot create an instance

  • Permissions
  • System restart

If you need help with any errors please don't hesitate to contact us for support.

John Van Engen
CATI Senior Technical Analyst

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