SolidWorks 2012 SolidNetWork License Activation FAQ

Frequently Asked Technical Support Questions for SNL Activation

Question: What is SolidNetWork License (SNL) activation? 

Answer: SNL Activation is a natural extension of Standalone License Activation. Itis a secure and hassle free process that authenticates network licensed users during the installation process. The process verifies that the serial number is legitimate and has not been activated on more systems than allowed by the SolidWorks End-User License Agreement (EULA). It does not affect the ability of licensed users to use their software the way they have always done.

Question: What is the process of SNL Activation on the license server? 

Answer: Below are the detailed instructions:

  1. Via the Installation Manager, download and install the SNL Administrator. During the installation of the SNL Administrator, the user will be prompted to enter a SolidWorks SNL Serial Number. This number may already be populated assuming the Installation Manager was used on that same machine to obtain the installation files. If the serial number field is not populated, then type in the 24-character SNL Serial Number before clicking “Next” to continue through the rest of the install.
  2. Starting with the 2011 release, you can update SolidNetWork License Manager to a new version using SolidWorks Installation Manager, rather than removing the previous version and then installing the new one.
  3. After the installation is finished launch the SolidNetwork License Administrator that was installed at Step 1.
  4. Reply “Yes” to the question “Would you like to activate now?”
  5. Proceed through the following screens to complete the activation process.


Question: Is SolidWorks Simulation (COSMOS) products be subject to SNL Activation?

Answer: Yes.

Question: When was SNL Activation implemented?

Answer: SNL Activation was implemented for all the customers in SolidWorks 2010 SP0.

Question: When will SNL Activation be implemented for Education Edition customers?

Answer: SNL Activation was implemented for Education Edition customers in SolidWorks Education Edition 2011-2012 academic year.

Question: Can a customer manually activate SNL licenses using email?

Answer: Yes. Please follow the email activation wizard from the SNL administrator to proceed, but it may take more time than Internet Activation.

Operating Systems supported in the SNL Activation? 

Answer: Please refer to the system requirements.

Question: How do I transfer my license to another computer?

Answer: You can launch the SNL Administrator and press Modify button. Here you will have Transfer option if you have activated the server.

Question: Do I need to activate my license server immediately?

Answer: Yes. SNL Activation requires immediate activation for the license server to distribute licenses.

Question: How can I increase or decrease my seat numbers on my existing license?

Answer: You can increase the number of licenses by placing a purchase order to add with your reseller. If you want to decrease the number of licenses, you need to request a license decrement from your reseller. In either case, please reactivate your license server and the change will be in place.

Question: What if my server crashes before I transfer my license to a new server?

Answer: Please contact your SolidWorks Technical Support Help Desk immediately and we’ll ensure you are back up and running as soon as possible.

Question: How many activations are allowed per network license server?

Answer: One.

Question: We have Home Use Licenses (HUL) with our SNL. How will SNLActivation affect HUL licenses?

Answer: SNL Activation will not affect HUL licenses.

Question: Will I still be able to use the “borrow” functionality with Activation?

Answer: Yes.

Question: When can users activate after the placement of an order?

Answer: Within 2 business days. Allow for 3 days at end of a quarter, i.e. last couple of weeks in March, June, September, and December.

Question: What happens if the activation server is unavailable when I try to activate?

Answer: The activation server is very reliable with downtimes measured in only a few hours per year. In the rare case of an activation server failure, you cannot activate or run your software. Please contact your SolidWorks Technical Support Help Desk for a temporary license file.

Question: How long does it take to activate an SNL product?

Answer: About one minute for Internet Activation or ten minutes for E-mail Activation.

Question: Can I use a remote desktop application to install and activate the License Manager on a server?

Answer: No. A remote desktop application causes a change to the Computer ID of the server during activation.  This may cause a mismatch of the ID at the SolidWorks Activation Centre. An Activation Exceeded Count error may occur and the activation will fail. Please contact your SolidWorks Technical Support Help Desk if this has occurred.  More information can be found at:
http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2011/04/avoiding-snl-activation-issues/