The Types of SOLIDWORKS Licenses
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How to Upgrade your SOLIDWORKS
This Guide is for SOLIDWORKS CAD Admins and IT professionals to help consolidate the information that is important to you. We'll discuss licensing options, how to set up an efficient CAD environment, how to upgrade, and more. Refer to this guide to address common questions that arise for SOLIDWORKS based design teams.
Choosing a SOLIDWORKS License Option
When you are ready to purchase, there are two different SOLIDWORKS licensing options that give you the ability to buy or rent SOLIDWORKS products. Those licensing types include term licenses and perpetual licenses.
What is a SOLIDWORKS Term License?
SOLIDWORKS term licenses offer a short-term commitment with the flexibility to match your workload and expenses. They are available to rent in increments of 3 months or 1 year. Term licenses offer a considerably lower upfront initial investment that is attractive to startups or freelancers as well as to people who want to buy SOLIDWORKS for personal use.
For a full list of products available for term licensing and answers to some commonly asked questions, click the button below.
What is a SOLIDWORKS Perpetual License?
There are two different types of perpetual licenses to choose from: Standalone and SNL (SolidNetWork Licenses).
A perpetual license is by far the most popular option for SOLIDWORKS customers. A perpetual license, as the name implies, never expires and will run indefinitely. Perpetual licensing with subscription also offers the lowest total cost of ownership over the long term. Customers get peace of mind knowing that the data and intellectual property that they create will always be accessible and available.
SOLIDWORKS has no plans to retire or stop selling perpetual licenses. They understand that perpetual and term serve different needs, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach for licensing. This is very different from other vendors in the CAD industry like Autodesk and PTC that are eliminating perpetual licenses and are instead only offering term licenses that are more expensive in the long term.
What is a SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Standalone License?
Standalone licenses, as the name implies, are intended for an individual user of SOLIDWORKS or any related product such as Simulation, Composer, or Electrical. It uses an Activate/Deactivate mechanism to entitle the software for use after installation or to move a license entitlement to another device or to a new user at the same company while ensuring that just one license is being used at any one time. Activation is a one-time process that requires that you have internet or email access to complete the process. Once activated, you do not need to be online to use your software.
What is a SOLIDWORKS Network License or SOLIDWORKS SNL License?
Network licenses (also called Floating Perpetual licenses, or SNL licenses) let you to stretch your investment across all your users. SNL relies on a utility that runs on a computer that is in the same network as the users. Any computer can be used – it just needs to be on all the time. Here's how it works: The SNL (license Manager) hosts the license(s), which contain the products purchased. When a user starts SOLIDWORKS or any related license or add-in, The Computer checks with the SNL to see if those products are available or in use. Once a user closes their software, the license is immediately released back to the server for another user to access.
SOLIDWORKS licenses come in three levels: Standard, Professional, and Premium. Learn More>
These steps will help you as an administrator, plan and implement an environment that will help your design process be efficient, effective, and allow maximum data leverage across your organization.
Design and data standards allow for consistent output throughout the organization. Standards can be implemented in many ways in SOLIDWORKS, from templates to custom properties and folder structures. Learn more.
Organizations who embrace SOLIDWORKS training and certification maximize their software investment, by ensuring users have the skills to use their tools fully and efficiently. GoEngineer’s SOLIDWORKS Training courses are designed to help individuals at any level improve their design and productivity skills. Training is available in person, online, and self-paced to accomodate any schedule.
SOLIDWORKS offers 13 certifications ranging from the job specific like Sheet Metal, to the entry level SOLIDWORKS Associate. Earning a certification displays that a designer has a well rounded understanding of all the tools available in SOLIDWORKS. Certification exams are free for customers under active subscription.
For teams of 10 or more individual SOLIDWORKS users, it is recommended that an administrative image be used. With an administrative image, SOLIDWORKS is installed and administered by a single installation image, which can be located on a network or in a central file repository. Because the image includes installation files, serial number information, and can include customized settings, it allows for standardized installations across the organization.
Whether you are an individual user, a small group of designers, or a large organization with a collaborative engineering environment, the SOLIDWORKS CAD Administration Course will provide information that you need to understand how to run SOLIDWORKS effectively and efficiently. Lessons include: Installation, Toolbox, Admin Portal, Troubleshooting tools, the CAD Admin Dashboard, and more.
Refer to GoEngineer's expert written content library to help users troubleshoot issues, learn new features, and ensure you never miss an important SOLIDWORKS update.
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The SOLIDWORKS serial number is a crucial piece for licensing certain add-ins (Toolbox, CircuitWorks, Costing, etc.) or controlling how the license behaves (standalone versus floating network licensing). At some point or another they may need to be switched around. This process explains how this is to be done to prevent trapping standalone licenses with machines no longer using those licenses.
Refer to these pages regularly to ensure you never miss a beat.
The GoEngineer Community is a interactive forum for SOLIDWORKS users of all levels. The CAD Admin Group and PDM Admin Group are focused solely on tips and questions that pertain to IT professionals.
The Portal puts important account information at your finger tips. Access your licenses, manage your renewal billing, and request quotes for additional tools. You can even control which of your users have access to serial numbers, tech support, and other information.
These download links are made available for a full installation data sets that can be used for any installation of SOLIDWORKS (client-side or server-side) you may need at these versions.
The CAD Administration Self-Paced Course offers comprehensive knowledge on licensing, installation, troubleshooting techniques, hardware, and more.
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to upgrading to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS. Follow the tutorials below for step by step instructions on how to upgrade your team's SOLIDWORKS licenses.
With the latest buzz about new versions of SOLIDWORKS , it’s easy to get confused about some of the basics when it comes to upgrading to a newer version. For instance, technically upgrading SOLIDWORKS refers to moving major versions like 2017 to 2018, while updating refers to service pack changes. We will use this convention throughout this article.
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Follow these best practices for managing your licenses.
Learn activation and deactivation methods to allow users to work on multiple devices. Methods include Automatic (online) or manual (via email).
Admins need to modify their Network to read the new license added to the network.
Modify Installation Instructions
To update the license count on your SOLIDWORKS License Server have a person on your IT do this on the server:
1. In Windows, click ‘Start,’ ‘All Programs,’ ‘SOLIDWORKS 20XX,’ ‘SolidWorks SolidNetWork License Manager,’ ‘SolidNetWork License Administrator.’
2. Select ‘Modify’ located on the ‘Server Administration’ tab.
3. In the SolidNetWork License Activation Wizard dialog box select ‘Activate/Reactivate’.
4. Go ahead and active the server through the internet.
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