Using the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager Client

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated March 3, 2021


When you install a SOLIDWORKS Network license a SolidNetWork License Manager Client application is also installed allowing users to view available network licenses, change the server location, borrow licenses, or change the license check out order.

Activating the Client Manager

To activate the SolidNetWork License Manager on a Client go to Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools 20XX > SolidNetWork License Manager Client

SolidNetWork License Manager Client

SolidNetWork License Manager Client

The Client application will now start with the License Usage tab:

SolidNetWork Client License Usage

SolidNetWork Client License Usage

License Usage Tab

The License Usage tab provides information on the number of free and used licenses. A list of users will be provided to determine who is using a specific license.

The ‘Product’ dropdown provides information for each license such as SOLIDWORKS Standard or SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard.

NOTE: A SOLIDWORKS Standard license is required before using a Professional or Premium license. For example, if you have 2 Standard, 2 Professional, and 2 Premium licenses, you will see a total of 6 Standard licenses. All users initially obtain a Standard license until a Pro or Premium add-in is selected.

Server List Tab

The Server List tab lists all servers that the client is searching on the network for SOLIDWORKS licenses. You can add/remove servers from the list. If the SolidNetWork License Manager is moved to a new server, each Client’s License Manager must have the Server List updated with the new server name.

SolidNetWork Client Server List

SolidNetWork Client Server List

IMPORTANT: Log in as the Local Administrator on the machine if the server needs changing

License Borrowing Tab

The License Borrowing tab allows a user to temporarily lock a license to the local computer so SOLIDWORKS can be used when not connected to the network. For more information about the borrowing functionality, please refer to our SOLIDWORKS License Borrowing article.

SolidNetWork Client License Borrowing

SolidNetWork Client License Borrowing

The list of products that have an available license will be shown in the list.  Select the one required and specify the last day you will need the license.  Licenses are limited to a 30-day maximum borrow period.  This maximum period can be shortened using an Options file.

SOLIDWORKS will be available for use through to 11:59pm on the day specified.  At midnight of the following day, the license will expire on the client laptop and the license will be freed up on the server.  The license will need to be borrowed again after 30 days.

Once you have selected a product and the Borrow until date, then click Borrow.  This will move the license under the Borrowed Product Licenses window.  A Standard License will automatically be borrowed with any higher level license.

License Order Tab

The License Order tab allows you to modify which level of license to obtain when enabling additional add-ins. This is common in scenarios with multiple Simulation licenses. Read our related article to learn more.

SolidNetWork Client License Order

SolidNetWork Client License Order

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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