SolidWorks Installation and Administration Guide
SolidWorks Installation and Administration
Individual Installations
Multiple Installations
SolidWorks Workgroup PDM
License Administration
Administering Individual Licenses
Administering Licenses Using a SolidNetWork License Manager
Activating a SolidNetWork License
Transferring a SolidNetWork License
Installing and Configuring SolidNetWork Licensing
SolidNetWork License Administration
Starting the SolidNetWork License Manager
Upgrading the SolidNetWork License Manager
Deleting SolidNetWork License Files
Retrieving Client Licenses
Borrowing and Returning SolidNetWork Licenses
Monitoring License Idle Time
Installing Temporary Licenses
Upgrading from Individual Licensing to SolidNetWork Licensing
Using SolidNetWork Licenses with Add-in Products
Using the Same Computer for the License Manager and Administrative Image Installations
FLEXnet Publisher License Management
Troubleshooting
SolidWorks Installation Manager Application Help
Legal Notices
SolidWorks Product Activation
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Borrowing and Returning SolidNetWork Licenses

You can borrow a SolidNetWork license to use the software from a remote location. Since the license is removed from the pool of available licenses, a borrowed license must be returned for it to become available again.

Borrowed licenses are valid only for the system on which they were borrowed; they cannot be transferred.

The license is lent for a specified period of time, up to 30 days (or as defined by the system administrator), and the license is removed from the pool of available licenses.

System administrators can customize borrowing to:
  • Define users or groups that are allowed to borrow licenses
  • Set the number of licenses that cannot be borrowed

For details, see SolidNetWork_License_Manager_install_dir\Docs\flexuser\licensingenduserguide.pdf.

Borrowing SolidNetWork Licenses

You can borrow a SolidNetWork license to use the software from a remote location.

You must be connected to the SolidNetWork license manager to borrow the license, but not necessarily to use it.

  1. Start SolidNetWork License Manager ( Start > Programs > SolidWorks version > SolidNetWork License Manager > SolidNetWork License Manager ).
  2. On the License Borrowing tab:
    1. Select a date in Borrow until.
    2. Select the products to borrow, then click Borrow, and click Yes to confirm.
    3. Click Refresh. The Expire Date column indicates when licenses are due back.
  3. Click OK.
To run SolidWorks, you must borrow a SolidWorks license. SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium enable only the add-ins associated with the package, but not SolidWorks.

Returning a Borrowed SolidNetWork License

Since a borrowed SolidNetWork license is removed from the pool of available licenses, that borrowed license must be returned for it to become available again.

  1. Start SolidNetWork License Manager ( Start > Programs > SolidWorks version > SolidNetWork License Manager > SolidNetWork License Manager ).
  2. On the License Borrowing tab:
    1. Select the products to return, click Return, and then click Yes to confirm.
    2. Click Refresh. The Expire Date column becomes blank, indicating that the licenses have been returned.
  3. Click OK.
It is not necessary to return licenses after the expiration date. The license is returned to the pool on the SolidNetWork license manager at midnight on the expiration date and the applications on the remote system no longer run.


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