SOLIDWORKS SNL – Connecting to Multiple License Servers

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A common question we get on tech support is what to do if you have multiple license servers and can a client computer have access to more than one server’s licenses? The answer is YES. In this article, I’ll explain how to set this up as well as answer some other common questions that arise when connecting to multiple license servers. Tech Tip: This guide will walk through setting up the client computers to connect to multiple license servers and […]

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Using a SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager with Windows Firewall

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Have you just successfully installed your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager on a server computer and when you launch SOLIDWORKS on a client computer get this message? The most common reason the client computers cannot communicate with the server is because Windows Firewall is blocking the required communication ports. Tech Tip: A quick way to troubleshoot if the Windows Firewall is causing issues is to temporarily disable the Windows Firewall on the server computer and try to launch SOLIDWORKS on a […]

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How to Modify your SOLIDWORKS Installation

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Modifying a SOLIDWORKS install is a procedure that is commonly used when certain changes are needed. The two primary examples are: When your serial number changes and when you need to install an additional product or add-in. In order to modify your installation, you will need admin privileges to your machine. You start by navigating to your ‘Programs and Features’ in windows. You can access this from your control panel and going to ‘Uninstall a program’ (For Windows 10 you […]

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Reserve a license in SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing

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Network licensing provides a great deal of flexibility with regards to providing access to SOLIDWORKS in your company’s environment. You can install the software on as many computers as you like, but only the number of users defined in the network can actually use it at the same time. This way everyone can run SOLIDWORKS from their own computer and not just the one workstation to which the entire company has acess. If all the licenses are being used simultaneously, […]

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How to Get a SOLIDWORKS Home Use License

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Let’s look at a few scenarios where you have taken a SOLIDWORKS training course and now you head back to your work.Scenario 1: You have taken training and your company is still in the middle of implementing SOLIDWORKS, or they are not ready to use SOLIDWORKS in production just yet. Scenario 2: Your company is expecting you to be a SOLIDWORKS expert but they haven’t given you any practice time. Scenario 3: You took a class for exploratory reasons to further […]

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Comparing your Purchase & Licenses Shown on the SolidNetwork License (SNL) Manager (Pt. 1)

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Comparing your Purchase and your Licenses Shown on the SolidNetwork License (SNL) Manager Part 1 As a Support Engineer, I often speak with customers that have recently made a change in their SolidWorks assets and would like to discuss the way the SNL, or SolidNetwork License Manager, represents the change. For this reason, I would like to share some information on how the products you purchase are broken down and shown in the SolidNetwork License Manager. SolidWorks 3D CAD comes in 3 packages: Standard, Professional, and […]

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