Installing and Activating a License Manager

The SolidNetWork License Manager supports multiple license clients. It distributes licenses to clients on the network.

If you are upgrading from a previous version of SolidNetWork License Manager that used hardware dongles for license activation, remove the hardware dongle before installing the new version of SolidNetWork License Manager.

  1. Start SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager as described in Download Installation Media from the Customer Portal.
    1. For type of installation, select the following:
      • Server products
      • Install SolidNetWork License Manager (distributed licensing) on this computer.
    2. On the SolidNetWork License Manager Options page, specify the SolidNetWork License serial number and SolidNetWork License Manager installation location.
    3. On the Summary page, click Install Now to complete the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager process.
  2. To activate SolidNetWork licensing:
    1. Start SolidNetWork License Manager by clicking Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools version > SolidNetWork License Manager Server.
    2. When prompted to activate, click Yes.
    3. On the SolidNetWork License Server Information screen:
      • If your company uses a firewall, select A firewall is in use on this server.

        For more information, see Using SolidNetWork Licenses with Firewalls.

      • Use the default value for Port Number (and for Vendor Daemon Port Number if you have a firewall) or specify the port numbers your company uses.
        The port number is a TCP/IP port number in the 1024-60000 range, used exclusively by this process. Normally, the default (25734) is suitable and is unlikely to be the same as any other FlexNet server process on the license manager computer.
    4. On the Activate Your SOLIDWORKS Product screen:
      • Select the internet or email procedure.
      • Supply email contact information.
      • Click Next to proceed.
        • Internet: Activation occurs automatically.
        • Email: Press Save to create a request file, then send the file to When you receive the email containing the response file, extract the file from email and then click Open to load it.
          You can exit and rerun the activation procedure to open the response file.
  3. Click Finish.