Adding Serial Numbers and Activating SolidNetWork Licenses

Before users can run SOLIDWORKS products on their individual computers, you must activate a SolidNetWork license on the SolidNetWork License Manager computer.

Activation requires that you have an active internet connection or email access. After activation, you do not need to be online to use the products. If you do not have email access on the computer where you use this product, you can save the activation file and send it from another computer.

This process:
  • Activates the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager with SolidNetWork licenses across SOLIDWORKS products.
  • Allows you to move SolidNetWork licensing rights from one SolidNetWork License Manager computer to another.
  • Enables you to install and activate the SolidNetWork licensing rights on one SolidNetWork License Manager computer.
  • Must be performed before you can use SolidNetWork licenses.
  • Eliminates the need for dongles. If you activate a SolidNetWork license for this version of SOLIDWORKS, SolidNetWork licenses for previous versions of SOLIDWORKS are activated. (You no longer need to retain the dongle.)

To activate a SolidNetWork license:

  1. Start the SolidNetWork License Manager by clicking Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools version > SolidNetWork License Manager Serverversion.
  2. Optional: If you have not yet activated the SolidNetWork license, the software asks you to activate it. Click Yes.
    This starts the SOLIDWORKS Product Activation wizard.
  3. Optional: If a firewall is in place, select A firewall is in use on this server.
  4. Enter the port numbers in the SolidNetWork License Server Information page and then click Next.
  5. In Serial #: select specific serial numbers or click Select All to highlight and activate all your SOLIDWORKS serial numbers.
    1. Select the option to activate Automatically over the internet (recommended).
    2. Under Contact Information, enter an email address.
    The Activation/Reactivation Succeeded dialog box displays the products that have been activated.
  6. Click Finish.