Re-activating the SolidNetwork License Manager after purchasing additional licenses

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated December 23, 2017


If you have an existing SOLIDWORKS Network License and you purchase additional network licenses of SOLIDWORKS, or other network licenses of SOLIDWORKS products, such as Simulation, PDM, Inspection, Visualize, MBD, Composer … etc, then those licenses will simply be added to your existing SOLIDWORKS serial number (unless you have specifically requested that they not be).

Once SOLIDWORKS has processed the order and you have heard back that new licenses are ready to use, you will need to re-activate SolidNetWork License Manager so that users can make use of the new licenses.

Reactivating the SolidNetWork License Manager

STEP 1:  On the license server, launch the SolidNetWork License Manager Server and click Modify.

Re-activate SolidNetwork License Manager

Modify License

STEP 2:  Select the option to “Activate/Reactivate your product license(s)” and click “Next>”.

Activate/Reactivate your product license(s)

Activate/Reactivate your product license(s)

STEP 3:  Don’t make any changes on the “Server Information” screen.

Server Information

Server Information

STEP 4:  On the “Activate Your SOLIDWORKS Product” screen, either click “Select All” so that all serial numbers are highlighted, or hold down “Ctrl” and select each serial number that has had additional licenses added to it.  Click Next to activate automatically over the internet, or if you do not have an internet connection on the server, you can activate Manually.

Activate Your SOLIDWORKS Product

Activate Your SOLIDWORKS Product

Once the activation completes, the new additional licences should  be listed under the “Currently activated products” screen.

Currently activated SOLIDWORKS products

Currently activated SOLIDWORKS products

NOTE: If you notice that some licenses are missing, contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller.

Upon completion of reactivating the SolidNetWork License Manager, if you are looking to update the SOLIDWORKS components to include new add-ins or features, see the How to change your SOLIDWORKS Installation article.

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew Lidstone is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineer specializing in Data Management systems. He has been working in the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel since 2010 helping clients get the most from their CAD tools.