The license scheme was changed starting with version 2010 so that, moving forward, the license software itself
syncs with the SolidWorks Activation Server to directly check out the license pool for the floating network
license. With this in mind, all that is needed is an installation disc (or downloaded data set) and the SolidWorks
floating network serial number.
It should be further noted that when it comes time to retire the license server and migrate its operations to a
new machine the license needs to be manually transferred from the server and checked back into the
SolidWorks License Activation mainframe.
The following are the detailed instructions on how to upgrade SolidNetWork License Administrator software a
Transfer the server license off of the server prior to removing the 20XX software from the system.
Uninstall the old SNL Manager and install the new one. An SNL for a newer release can distribute licenses for
clients remaining at the previous release as well.
To upgrade the SNL Manager on a license server:
The license server supports multiple license clients. It distributes licenses to clients on the network.
To install a license server:
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.
It is highly recommended since you are upgrading major releases of SolidWorks that you also check each client
machine against the recommended hardware list and make sure each machine is running updated graphics
drivers. Failure to upgrade the graphics drivers along with the SolidWorks upgrade may result in graphics
issues, instability, and possibly crashing. (http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html)
Please note that the license software only works on certain operating systems as noted here . Also, if you are running virtual machines several virtualization softwares are specifically blocked from use with the license server service. A few notable exceptions remain unblocked as noted here . Lastly, due to imposed limitations of Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) please do not use this software to upgrade the license service remotely as the service will not be able to dispense licenses. If the machine is virtual the installation would need to be done from the virtual console; if the machine is physical the installation would need to be done from the physical console.