How to enable Online Licensing for your SOLIDWORKS Products

Article by John Lee, CSWP created/updated February 21, 2019

Article #5 in our SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing series:

In the previous article we showed you how to Assign SOLIDWORKS Products to Members using the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal. Before a SOLIDWORKS user can make use of a SOLIDWORKS License attached to their SOLIDWORKS ID the Administrator will need to switch the licensing mode of the product, over to use “ONLINE LICENSING”.

The steps to do this are as follows:

STEP 1:

Once your SOLIDWORKS Administrator has arrived at the main page of the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal, they may choose to search for the desired member in the “Members” list. Alternatively the product / user combination can also be searched by using the serial number of the product.

Find Members

Find Members

STEP 2:

Select the desired user from your list of Members within the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal

Selecting a Member

Selecting a Member

STEP 3:

Choose the product you wish to migrate to the “Online Licensing” mode from the list of “Assigned Products” attached to the selected user.

Choosing a Product

Choosing a Product

STEP 4:

On the Individual Product page that will result from the selection in STEP #3, you will find information such as the serial number, subscription end date as well as the “Activation Type” that is being used by the license.

The license will be migrated to use ONLINE LICENSING once the “Change to Online Licensing” hyperlink is selected.

Change to SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

Change to SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

TIP: This option will not be available if ALL Machine Activations attached to the SOLIDWORKS serial number have not been deactivated – Two indicators that the deactivation has not been completed prior to your attempt are the appearance of the “NO GO” sign when hovering over the hyperlink as well as the following message while hovering over the question mark Icon beside the link:

Activated License

Activated License

Deactivation of the license can be accomplished by choosing “Deactivate Licenses” from the help menu of your SOLIDWORKS installation.

STEP 5:

Once you are able to select the “Change to Online Licensing” Link, you may see a warning dialog, advising you that you are making the switch over to ONLINE LICENSING, Simply select “OK” to close the dialog.

Confirm Change to Online Licensing

Confirm Change to Online Licensing

STEP 6:

Within the details for the product, under “Activation Type:” you will see that the line item reports that the license is currently set to “Online Licensing” rather than “Machine Activation” that was present earlier.

The hyperlink that you had selected to make the switch to Online Licensing, should now read: “Change to Machine Activation” so that you can migrate back to the machine based activation system, whenever you prefer.

Change to Machine Activation

Change to Machine Activation

This concludes the work that needs to be done by the SOLIDWORKS Administrator within the Admin Portal for an individual license.  Our next article will explore the steps required to switch a client system from “Machine Activation” to using the SOLIDWORKS ID to Login to a SOLIDWORKS Session.

Next Steps

For next steps in the SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing process, please subscribe to receive our upcoming articles:

  • Transition your SOLIDWORKS Installation over to use SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing
  • Logging into a SOLIDWORKS Session using Online Licensing

John Lee, CSWP

John Lee is a CSWP with over a decade of experience using SOLIDWORKS. He is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. Efficiency and speed are of primary concern when he is teaching users how to get things done in SOLIDWORKS . With a background in Mechanical Engineering, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.

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