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SolidWorks Installation and Administration

This guide describes installation, licensing, upgrading and administration of SolidWorks products for both individual installations and multiple installations.

Individual Installations Deploying Multiple Installations

Installation on one or a few computers.


Creation of an administrative image that is deployed to a number of client computers.


License activation or network licensing.


License activation or network licensing.


Moving individual computers to a new release.


Moving multiple computers to a new release by updating the administrative image used to install on those computers.


Modifying, repairing, and removing installations, upgrading to new releases.


Upgrading administrative images and clients, Network licensing administration, Workgroup PDM vault administration.

SolidWorks Installation Manager enables you to configure settings for SolidWorks product components, including SolidWorks, SolidWorks Toolbox, PhotoView 360, Workgroup PDM, and SolidWorks SolidNetWork License Manager.

Workgroup PDM is project data management software that runs inside the SolidWorks environment or as a standalone application inside SolidWorks Explorer. Workgroup PDM controls projects with procedures for check out, check in, revision control, and other administration tasks.

SolidNetWork License Manager supports multiple license clients by distributing licenses to clients on the network. This allows the number of users to exceed the number of licenses by using floating licenses.

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