How to Install All CAMWorks License Types: Hardware Dongle, Standalone Flex LM and Floating Network

Article by Mark Deaton on Aug 03, 2022

In this quick SOLIDWORKS tutorial from GoEngineer, learn how to install a CAMWorks Standalone Flex LM License, Floating Network License, and Hardware Dongle License.

Installing a Hardware Dongle License

 

Installing a Hardware Dongle License in the CAMWorks License Manager

Note: Please make sure you have the latest version of the CAMWorks license manager.
If you have not installed this update, please download from the www.camworks.com website.
The Dongle tools are now integrated into the License Manager.

DOWNLOAD CAMWORKS LICENSE ACTIVATION GUIDE

It is suggested you read the Activation document before proceeding. Just complete the quick login information and the download will be available.

For software downloads you will need to go to www.camworks.com and use your existing CAMWorks account or if have no account, you will need to register for a new account. You must register to create your own company account. You will want to save this information as this account will be used by you for future downloads of the software. It could take up to 48 hours to activate the new account so we included a temporary log-in.

Activating the License

  • The .COD file must be on the same PC as CAMWorks. We recommend you put the .COD file in the same folder as the License Manager.
  • Right click on the License Manager Icon and select “Run as Administrator” then click the License Setup tab.
  • In the License Method dropdown, make sure Hardware Dongle is selected.
  • In the Hardware Dongle Section, Click the Update Dongle button to the right.
  • Browse to the folder where you copied the .COD file, select the file, click Open, then click Apply.
  • Click the Status tab and verify that the information has been updated as follows:
    • Authorization = Succeeded
    • License Type = Hardware Dongle
    • Dongle ID = 30299
  • Click Close to exit the License Manager. 

installing a Standalone flexlm license

 

Install a nodelocked standalong CAMWorks license.

If you are installing a Standalone FlexLM license, you will be issued a license file, which is used on the
computer where the software is installed.

When you receive a new license file for the installation, follow the below steps to request and once
recieved, activate the new license file:

DOWNLOAD CAMWORKS LICENSE ACTIVATION GUIDE

It is suggested you read the Activation document before proceeding. Just complete the quick
login information and the download will be available.

For software downloads you will need to go to www.CAMWORKS.com and use your existing
CAMWorks account or if you have no account, you will need to register for a new account. You
must register to create your own company account. You will want to save this information as
this account will be used by you for future downloads of the software. It could take up to 48
hours to activate the new account so we included a temporary log-in.

Request a new Flex/LM License


• From the Windows desktop, select Start on the taskbar, then select All Programs, then CAMWorks License Manager and then right click on the CWFlexLM License Manager icon and select Run as Administrator.
• For the License method, select FlexLM Software.
• Click the Request License button..
• Complete the form. An asterisk indicates a required field.
• Email the request.


If your computer has Outlook email capabilities, click the Outlook button and send the email with a subject line that includes your Copy Protection Device Serial Number (CPD) and with the attachment to gt.register@hcl.com. If this computer does not have email capabilities, click the Other button. Note the location of the file containing your information, then email the file in an attachment to gt.register@hcl.com from another computer. Make sure to include your Copy Protection Device Serial Number (CPD) in the subject line of the email. Click Close to exit the request form. You can also close the License Manager. CAMWorks will not run until you receive the license file from and activate the license.

Activate the License

  • When you receive the license file from Geometric (gt.register@hcl.com), copy the file to a folder on your PC. The license file must be on the same PC as CAMWorks. We recommend you put the license file in the same folder as the License Manager.
  • Right click on the License Manager Icon and select "Run As Administrator" then click the License Setup tab.
  • In the Configure FlexLM license section, make sure Select node locked (Standalone) license file is selected. Click the Browse button to the right.
  • Browse to the folder where you copied the license file, select the file, click Open, then click Apply.
  • Click the Status tab and verify that the information has been updated as follows:
  • Authorization status = Succeeded
  • License File Used = “path and filename”
  • License Type = Nodelocked
  • Click the Authorized Modules tab. This tab lists the modules you are licensed to run and the version. The Expiration field indicates if the license has an expiration date or is permanent.
  • Click Close to exit the License Manager.
  • Start CAMWorks. Your updated CAMWorks is now enabled.

installing a floating network license

 

Installing a CAMWorks floating network server

If you are updating a floating network license, you will be issued a license file, which is used to update only the Network Server.
When you receive a new license file for a floating network installation, follow the below steps to activate the new license file:

DOWNLOAD CAMWORKS LICENSE ACTIVATION GUIDE

It is suggested you read the Activation document before proceeding. Just complete the quick login information and the download will be available.
For software downloads you will need to go to www.CAMWORKS.com and use your existing CAMWorks account or if you have no account, you will need to register for a new account. You must register to create your own company account. You will want to save this information as this account will be used by you for future downloads of the software. It could take up to 48 hours to activate the new account.


For existing customers, please make sure you have the latest version of the CAMWorks license manager installed before requesting the license file.

If you are updating a floating network license, you will be issued a license file, which is used to update only the Network Server.
When you receive a new license file for a floating network installation, follow the below steps to activate the new license file:

DOWNLOAD CAMWORKS LICENSE ACTIVATION GUIDE

It is suggested you read the Activation document before proceeding. Just complete the quick login information and the download will be available.
For software downloads you will need to go to www.CAMWORKS.com and use your existing CAMWorks account or if you have no account, you will need to register for a new account. You must register to create your own company account. You will want to save this information as this account will be used by you for future downloads of the software. It could take up to 48 hours to activate the new account.


For existing customers, please make sure you have the latest version of the CAMWorks license manager installed before requesting the license file.

 

Request a new Flex/LM License


PHYSICAL ACCESS:


The license request file required for generating the license must be created directly on the computer where the license will reside. If the license request file is created when running the License Manager via remote communications software and submitted to gt.register@hcl.com, an invalid license will be generated. Hence, ensure that physical access is available to the computer on which the license will reside and will be consequently used at least during the stage of generating the License Request File.

Remote Installation:


Once the License file is emailed back to you, the activation of the license can be performed remotely if physical access is not possible.

  • From the Windows desktop, select Start on the taskbar, then select All Programs, then
    CAMWorks License Manager and then right click on the CWFlexLM License Manager icon
    and select Run as Administrator.
  • For the License method, select FlexLM Software.
  • Click the Request License button..
  • Complete the form. An asterisk indicates a required field.
  • Email the request.
    If your computer has Outlook email capabilities, click the Outlook button and send
    the email with a subject line that includes your Copy Protection Device Serial Number
    (CPD) and with the attachment to gt.register@hcl.com. If this computer does not have
    email capabilities, click the Other button. Note the location of the file containing your
    information, then email the file in an attachment to gt.register@hcl.com from another
    computer. Make sure to include your Copy Protection Device Serial Number
    (CPD) in the subject line of the email. Click Close to exit the request form. You can also
    close the License Manager. CAMWorks will not run until you receive the license file from
    and activate the license.

Updating the new license once you receive the license file from gt.register@hcl.com

  • Log off all clients.
  • On the Server computer, open the CAMWorks License Manager utility by right clicking on
    the icon and selecting “Run as Administrator”. The CAMWorks License Manager Dialog
    box is displayed.
  • Click the Server Settings tab.
  • Click Stop to stop the CAMWorks License Service.
  • Click Remove to remove the License Service and the current license.
  • Close the CAMWorks License Manager and reopen it by right clicking on the icon and selecting “Run as Administrator”.
  • Once again, click on the Server Settings tab. Click on the Browse button next to the
    License file path field. Browse to the folder containing the new license file.
  • Select the new license file and click Open.
  • In the Log file path field, set the path for the log file.
  • Click the Install CAMWorks License Server button.
  • Click Start to start the License Server and thereby enable the new license.
  • Click OK to close the CAMWorks License Manager dialog box.

Note: No changes are required on the client computers

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Mark Deaton is a Sr. CAMWorks and SOLIDWORKS Specialist at GoEngineer

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