Using a Temporary License

You can use a temporary "any" license when the SolidNetWork license is unavailable.

By default, the SolidNetWork License Manager can only activate one server at a time. To work in a test environment, you can acquire a temporary license file through Technical Support and load an "any" license into the SolidNetWork License Manager on another server. If working with an offline server, you can use the same instructions to load an activation-exempt license.

By using an "any" license file, you agree to implement a license on receipt of a SolidNetWork license from Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corporation. Compliance with license restrictions still is required.

To use an "any" license:

  1. Start the SolidNetWork License Manager by clicking Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools version > SolidNetWork License Manager Server version.
  2. If the software prompts you to activate, click No.
  3. In the Server Administration tab, click Advanced Options > Options.
  4. Under SolidNetWork Server License Mode, click Use a License File and OK.
  5. In the Server Administration tab, under License Information, click Modify.
    The SolidNetWork License File Wizard appears.
  6. Under Server Type, select Single and click Next.
  7. Select Dongle ID and enter Any or the NIC address for server information. Then click Next.

    Click Cancel when you see this message: Could not read the dongle ID number.

    If your computer uses a firewall, you might have to make additional specifications on this screen. For more information, see Using SolidNetWork Licenses with Firewalls.
  8. Under Licenses, click Read to read the license file.
  9. In the Read dialog box, browse to the SNL_ANY.txt or SNL_(NIC Card Number).txt file provided by Technical Support and click Open. Then click OK.
    The SolidNetWork File License Wizard lists the licenses from the text file.
    Click Remove to delete temporary license entries that have expired in the list.
  10. Click Finish to close the SolidNetWork License File Wizard.
  11. Activate an "any" license:
    1. In the Server Administration tab, click Advanced Options > Options.
    2. Under SolidNetWork Server License Mode, select Use a License File and click OK.
    3. In the Server Administration tab, click Modify > Activate/Deactivate your product licenses.
    4. Select the Serial Number, enter Contact Information, and select the activation method. Follow the instructions if you choose manual activation.
    5. Click Finish to confirm activation.