Updating the Solidworks License Server

Solidworks

How it Works

SolidWorks licensing is controlled over the network by a cenrally managed license server.  Each time you run SolidWorks a request is sent to this server and if a license is available it is granted to your PC.  When you close SolidWorks the license is returned to the server for re-distribution.

If you are trying to use the software while off campus, you will need to connect to the Cisco VPN service before you can connect to the SolidWorks license server.  If you are going to be without an internet conenction then you will need to borrow a license from the server (see License Borrowing below).

Updating the License Server

You must have administrator rights to update the license server. If you do not have administrator rights please contact the ISA Support team.

  1. From the Start menu go to the All Programs section. 
  2. Here you will find a SolidWorks folder (SolidWorks 2013 is the current version). 
  3. Inside this folder open the SolidWorks Tools folder.
  4. While holding down the Shift key right click on the SolidNetWork License Manager
  5. Select Run as administrator
  6. The License Manager window will now open
  7. Select the 'Server List' tab
  8. Click the Add button
  9. In the Add Server window type the following and then press OK

    25734@eas-licence-01.aston.ac.uk
  10. Now close the License Manager window by pressing the OK button in the bottom right of the window.

License Borrowing

As the SolidWorks licensing is controlled by a central server you will not be able to run the software if you cannot connect to the server to request a license.  If you are going to be off campus with no connection to the internet then you will need to borrow a license before you leave.

Borrowing a License

  1. From the Start menu go to the All Programs section.
  2. Here you will find a SolidWorks folder (SolidWorks 2013 is the current version).
  3. Inside this folder open the SolidWorks Tools folder.
  4. Now run the SolidNetWork License Manager
  5. The License Manager window will now open
  6. Select the 'License Borrowing' tab
  7. Set the date in the 'Borrow until' field
  8. Click the 'Borrow >' button
  9. Select the product you wish to borrow and then click OK
  10. Close the License Manager window by pressing the OK button in the bottom right of the window.

Returning a License

Licenses will be returned to the server on the date you specified when borrowing the license.  However, if you are finished the the license early then you should return it to the server as soon as possible.

  1. From the Start menu go to the All Programs section.
  2. Here you will find a SolidWorks folder (SolidWorks 2013 is the current version).
  3. Inside this folder open the SolidWorks Tools folder.
  4. Now run the SolidNetWork License Manager
  5. The License Manager window will now open
  6. Select the 'License Borrowing' tab
  7. In the Borrowed product licenses section select the license(s) you wish to return (hold Ctrl to select multiple products)
  8. Click the 'Return <' button
  9. Close the License Manager window by pressing the OK button in the bottom right of the window.