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Using the SolidNetwork License Manager Options File with SOLIDWORKS PDM [VIDEO]

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE created/updated June 13, 2015

Starting with the 2015 release, SOLIDWORKS PDM licensing is now handled through the SolidNetwork License Manager, instead of through a license file.  This has many benefits for PDM administrators, one of which is that it will allow much more customized control over PDM licenses using the SNL Manager Options File.

One such benefit is when it comes to forcing inactive users to log off automatically so that their licenses are released back to the license pool, allowing other users access to PDM.

Previously (in 2014 and older releases) this functionality could be enabled in the Licensing node of the Enterprise PDM Administration console by going to “Automatic Log Off”. However the only option was to have users automatically log off after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Automatic Log Off

Automatic Log Off

Now, for both SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard this functionality will be controlled by the SolidNetwork License Manager’s time out settings.

This means that by default the automatic log off, or time out, is ENABLED when you upgrade to PDM 2015 or newer software.  The default setting is for inactive licenses to be logged off after 2 hours, however this can be modified using the SNL Manager Options File.

How to create a Custom Options File

Step 1:  Launch the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager program and click “Modify…” on the Server Administration tab.

SolidNetWork License Manager - Modify

SolidNetWork License Manager – Modify

Step 2:  Select the option to “Activate/Reactivate a software license” and then click “Next >”.

Activate/Reactivate a License

Activate/Reactivate a License

Step 3:  On the next screen check the box beside “Options File” and click “Edit”.

Edit Options File

Edit Options File

Step 4:  If you do not have an Options File created yet you will be presented with the option to create a new one in the default path.

Create Options File

Create Options File

Step 5:  Now we write our Options File.  The correct syntax is to have the Option Keyword, followed by a space, then the Feature Name, followed by another space and then the Time in seconds.  For instance if we wanted the PDM Professional CAD Editor licenses to time out after 1 hour of inactivity but the PDM Professional Contributor license to time out after only half an hour we would write:

TIMEOUT swepdm_cadeditorandweb 3600
TIMEOUT swepdm_contributorandweb 1800

Write Options File

Write Options File

A full list of the Option Keywords that can be used in the SNL License file can be found on page 141 and 142 of the FLEXlm End Users Guide (http://files.solidworks.com/Supportfiles/FlexLM_Enduser/licensingenduserguide.pdf).

The Feature Names of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional products are:

Product NameFeature Name
CAD Editorswepdm_cadeditorandweb
Contributorswepdm_contributorandweb
Viewerswepdm_viewer
PSLswepdm_processor

 

The Feature Names of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard products are:

Product NameFeature Name
CAD Editorswpdmstd_cadeditor
Contributorswpdmstd_contributor
Viewerswpdmstd_viewer

 

Step 6:  Once the Options File text is finished, save the sw_d.opt file and close it.

Save SolidNetwork License Manager Options File

Save SolidNetwork License Manager Options File

Step 7:  Ensure that all server information is correct and click Next to proceed to the next screen.

Check Server Information

Check Server Information

Step 8:  Click “Select All” to make sure all your SOLIDWORKS products are selected for reactivation, enter your contact email and click “Next>” to complete the reactivation process.

Activate License

Activate License

Activation Success

Activation Success

Here is a video demonstration of the steps outlined above:

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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