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How to release a SOLIDWORKS PDM license when you Work Offline

SOLIDWORKS PDM Free License

In SOLIDWORKS PDM switching to Work Offline  mode will not automatically free a PDM license; To release the license you must exit or Log off PDM via the System Tray; Then you’re free to Work Offline without consuming a license;

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SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days, what does this message mean?

There have been cases where users received a message saying “SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days” on a SolidNetWork License (SNL) client machine when they start up SOLIDWORKS. What is the problem? SOLIDWORKS allows you to use the software without activating it only for 30 days. This message indicating that you have not activated your license on your machine. In some cases the activation process is not successful and therefore you receive that message each time you start SOLIDWORKS. Why it is happening? One of the reasons the “SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days” message appears is because an evaluation or previous standalone license was installed on the computer. How to fix it? You can fix this issue using the steps below: Open Windows Explorer and browse to C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet. Delete the “sw_d” files under C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet.You will need to reactivate after this and then retest. Note: ProgramData is a hidden…

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SOLIDWORKS Administration: Moving to a new License Server

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are out; they are no longer supported by SolidWorks. The following compatibility chart is taken from http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html. SolidWorks Network License Server Operating Systems SolidWorks 2011 SolidWorks 2012 SolidWorks 2013 SolidWorks 2014 Windows 7(SP1 required for SolidWorks 2014) Windows 8.1 (64-bit only) (2014 SP1) Windows 8 (64-bit only) Windows Vista Windows XP Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012   Notice that Windows Server 2012 R2 is not yet supported, and if the past is any indication it will not be supported for at least a year.  However as of SolidWorks 2014 SP1 Windows 8.1 is supported. If you are still running SolidWorks 2013 and would like to move to Windows Server 2012 you can install SolidWorks 2014 SolidNetWork License manager, it supports previous releases of SolidWorks. There are 4 main steps to moving to a new license server:…

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Re-Activating your EPDM Licenses after an update of your EPDM system [VIDEO]

One of the most common questions we receive from both new and experienced SolidWorks Enterprise PDM administrators is surrounding the procedure to update the EPDM licenses after an upgrade of the EPDM system or during the initial installation and setup of an EPDM System. Take a look at the following clip as I take you through the process to update a license file with one that you would have received from the SolidWorks Customer Portal or via an email from your SolidWorks reseller.

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