Controlling the License Timeout in DraftSight Enterprise

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated July 12, 2021


When managing network licenses of SOLIDWORKS software, you may want to ensure that a license is returned to the pool after a user has been idle for a certain amount of time.

By default, for most SOLIDWORKS software the license will be returned once a user has been idle for 2 hours, and this time can be adjusted using the SolidNetWork License Manager Options File.

For DraftSight Enterprise, the license is not set to timeout by default AND it cannot be controlled by the TIMEOUT command in the Options File like other SOLIDWORKS software can!

This is because DraftSight Enterprise can work with two different licensing set ups, the SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) or the Dassault Systems Licensing Server (DSLS).  For this reason, the controls for the license timeout are actually located in the Options of the DraftSight Enterprise , instead of being controlled through the licensing server.

To enable and set the timeout for DraftSight Enterprise go to Options and select the System Options screen.  Expand the General group, then expand Licensing.  Check the box “Return license if idle for more than xx minutes” and set the desired number of minutes.

DraftSight Enterprise License Timeout Option

DraftSight Enterprise License Timeout Option

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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.