SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Administrator Temporary License Setup

Article by GoEngineer on Jul 30, 2020

Overview

Temporary files can be obtained to run the server-side SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Administrator for the
purposes of testing new server hardware while not interrupting a running production server. These temporary
files are useful for a limited time frame (usually 7-14 days) for a limited number of licenses (1 or 2). This limited
window and license quantity is meant to facilitate a testing period before transitioning the production license
server to the new hardware or new software version.

Temporary File Setup

To implement a temporary file on the server (assuming the license server software is now installed) proceed
through the following processs:

1. Open the ‘SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Administrator’ on the server machine
2. On the ‘Server Administration’ tab select ‘Options’
3. Set options to ‘Use a License File’ and press ‘OK’
4. On the ‘Server Administration’ tab select ‘Modify’
5. In the ‘License File Wizard’ Select ‘Single’ for ‘Server Type’ and proceed ‘Next’
6. For ‘Dongle ID’ and ‘ANY’ and an appropriate firewall setting and proceed ‘Next’ (see Figure 1)

Solidnetwork install

Figure 1: Dialog showing the specific settings for using a temporary file

7. On the following screen select ‘Read’ and browse to the “SNL_ANY.TXT” file supplied with this email
     and temporarily stored somewhere on the server (like the desktop)

Solidnetwork setup

Figure 2: Dialog showing the final set of temporary licenses.

8. Once the file is read into the system and licenses show select ‘Finish’ and the server will be running
    with a SOLIDWORKS license available for testing.

Switching from Temporary License to Activation License

At times, when a temporary license file is placed into a production environment, it is necessary to change back
to a normal activation license. To make this change proceed through the following procedure

  1. Open the ‘SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Administrator’ on the server machine
  2. On the ‘Server Administration’ tab select ‘Options’
  3. Set options to ‘Use Activation’ and press ‘OK’
  4. On the ‘Server Administration’ tab select ‘Modify’
  5. Proceed through ‘Product Activation’ to activate the license pool onto the system. On the final screen
    select and delete the temporary license entries denoted by their proximal “Expires” date.

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