Missing the 5th tab in your SolidNetWork License Manager?

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated February 11, 2015


For much of the functionality of managing the license server, you need to go into the Server Administration tab of the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager. This can normally be accessed by going into the license server and going to Start > All Programs > SolidWorks 2015 > SolidWorks Tools > SolidNetWork License Manager 2015 (your version of SolidWorks may vary).

Server Administration tab on the 5-Tab SNL Manager

Server Administration tab on the 5-Tab SNL Manager


However, if you are using a computer as both a server and a client machine, you may be met with an unexpected surprise: a missing tab!

The 4-Tab SNL Manager for Client Machines

The 4-Tab SNL Manager for Client Machines


The 4-Tab SNL Manager is for client machines. It allows you to see who is using licenses, change the server, borrow a license, and choose which licenses you would prefer to use. The filepath for the 4-Tab SNL Manager is as follows:

C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\setup\i386\swlmwiz.exe


The 5-Tab SNL Manager is stored in a completely different location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\SolidWorks Corp\SolidNetWork License Manager\utils\swlmwiz.exe


Your folder structure may vary depending on your installation filepath. The important difference is that the 5-Tab version is found under the Program Files (x86) folder and the 4-tab one is under the Program Files folder. You can search those folders for swlmwiz.exe if you’re unable to find it.

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).