The foremost item to note about this migration is that the license software itself syncs with the SOLIDWORKS
Activation Server and directly checks the license out from the system. The process requires a transfer of the
license off the old server back to the SOLIDWORKS Activation Server before the new server will be able to be
activated with the SOLIDWORKS Activation Server and allowed to administer licenses to client machines. With
this in mind, all that is needed is an installation disc (or downloaded data set) and the SOLIDWORKS floating
network serial number.
The following are the detailed instructions on how to migrate a license server from an old server (labeled gray)
to a new server (labeled bold).
The license server supports multiple license clients. It distributes licenses to clients on the network.
To install a license server:
Transfer the server license off of the server prior to removing the 20XX software from the system.
Start the newly install utility once and have it activate the license.
Please note that the port number is a TCP/IP port number in the 1024 – 60000 range, used exclusively by this
process. The default, 25734, is normally suitable and is unlikely to be the same as any other FLEXnet or FLEXlm
server process currently on the license server.
Client Migration via .REG File (for 5+ client machines)
After completing the migration of the server license software to the new server machine, the client machines
must now be instructed to point to the new server in order to obtain SOLIDWORKS licenses. For a large number
of machines changing the server pointer individually per machine can be time consuming. With convenience in
mind, a registry (.REG) file is linked in this PDF that can be modified and then used to repoint client machines to
the server. It can be edited directly with the Windows Notepad where the “SERVERNAME” entry will be
replaced with the name of the new server.
For example, on a server named “Central_Server” the line reading:
Would instead read:
The file could then be executed on client machines, replacing the old registry entry and pointing them to the
new server machine for licenses in a single step.
REG FILE LINK: https://files.goengineer.com/docs/KBLink/Server_Pointer.zip
Client Migration via SolidNetWork License Manager (for <5 client machines)
This same process can be done on each client machine through the client-side ‘SolidNetWork License Manager’
found in the SOLIDWORKS program group of the Windows Start menu. In this location you can remove the old
server pointer and enter a new server pointer in a one step process. This process does, however, require
Windows User Account Control on to be set to “Never Notify” in order to succeed.
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