When updating SolidWorks that has been installed using a floating, network license the latest version, many users will forget the very last step, re-activating the SolidNetwork License Manager.
This needs to be done so that the SolidNetWork License Manager can communicate with the SolidWorks Activation Center and be allowed to provide the new, updated licenses to the SolidWorks users who are connected using the network licensing system.
If the step is missed, for instance when updating to SolidWorks 2012, any client computers still using SolidWorks 2011 would be able to get their licenses and open SolidWorks 2011, but as soon as a user tried to open SolidWorks 2012 they would receive the message “Could not obtain a license for SolidWorks”.
To reactivate the SolidNetWork License Manager:
1. Open the SolidNetWork License Manager on the computer acting as the license server.
2. On the “Server Administration” tab click the “Modify…” button.
3. In the “SolidWorks Product Activation” dialogue window, select “Activate/Reactivate a software license”
4. Click “Next >” and then follow the rest of the on screen instructions to complete the reactivation procedure.
Once complete, all users will be able to access the latest SolidWorks network licenses.
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