SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image

How to change the Serial Number of a SOLIDWORKS Installation

Sometimes it may be necessary to change SOLIDWORKS serial number for your installation, for instance if you need to change from a standalone to a network based license, or if you have installed the wrong license (such as perhaps your coworker’s Premium license … ) on your system. To change the serial number that your SOLIDWORKS installation is using for it’s licensing you do not need to completely uninstall SOLIDWORKS and you don’t have to hack your Windows registry, you can change it directly through the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. Steps to change SOLIDWORKS serial number Step 1.  If you are currently using a standalone SOLIDWORKS license and changing to a different standalone serial number, or changing to a network license serial number, first launch SOLIDWORKS and from the Help menu select “Deactivate License”.  This step is not necessary if you are changing from a network license serial number to a standalone serial number. Step 2.  If…

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SOLIDWORKS Administrative Images Setup Guide

The use of SOLIDWORKS Administrative Images is very helpful when you need to install SOLIDWORKS on multiple machines.  Once the Admin Image is created and customized, installing on each client machine does not require any setup.  Images are typically used with network licenses as each install uses the same serial number.  In general, installing on more than 10 machines would benefit from setting up an Admin Image to save time.  Yet even with a smaller number of machines, this can be beneficial as it restricts control to prevent users from downloading, upgrading, changing serial numbers/products and settings.  Once the Admin Image is installed on a client, they can only uninstall from the Control Panel. For a full explanation of setting up and deploying Admin Images, please refer to the SOLIDWORKS Installation and Administration Guides.  This blog post will only cover the basics. DOWNLOAD: Download the full installation files for the…

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How to prevent users from changing their SOLIDWORKS System Options

Lock SOLIDWORKS System Options

In my previous article I mentioned that while creating an Administrative Image with SOLIDWORKS 2017, you now have the ability to manage and lock SOLIDWORKS System Options. Below are the detailed steps that will allow you to exert control over which SOLIDWORKS system options can be modified by users in your organization. Prerequisites to lock SOLIDWORKS System Options: In order to successfully access the SOLIDWORKS Setting Administrator you will need to have a machine that provides: Access to an administrative image, which had been previously created. A standalone version of SOLIDWORKS, which is used to access the SOLIDWORKS options for modification. Accessing the Admin Image and the Options Editor: Once you have located the Admin Image that you wish to modify, open the Administrative Option Editor by finding the “sldAdminOptionEditor.exe” file stored within the Administrative images top level folder. After the administrative option editor is open, choose the desired group upon which to modify the settings. Choose the “Edit” button (Pencil…

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CAD Administrators Rejoice! With SOLIDWORKS 2017 you now have ultimate power in your SOLIDWORKS Universe!

SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration

The new SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration tool will give SOLIDWORKS 2017 CAD Administrators the ability to prevent users from changing their system options. FAIR WARNING: this is going to be the most inflammatory article that I will write this year… UPON READING THIS ARTICLE: YOU MAY NOT: Chase your CAD Administrator around the building Throw things at your CAD Administrator Threaten or mamie your CAD Administrator YOU MAY: Buy your CAD Administrator a Tim’s or a Starbucks! Ensure your CAD Administrator gets a Holiday Card! Have a proper discussion with your CAD Administrator, regarding how to implement the new options to everyone’s benefit. The SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration FINE PRINT: Before your CAD administrator starts rubbing their hands together and laughing maniacally, let’s go through some of the finer points… The “Locking” of user options can only be employed via an administrative image that has been modified by the Launch Settings Administrator. To…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Creating a Client Administrative Image

SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image location

A SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image can be created in order to deploy a SOLIDWORKS PDM client installation, with preset options. From Windows Start enter “Run” Enter the location of the SOLIDWORKS PDM setup.exe. The location will vary depending on whether you are installing the client from the original DVD, or if you downloaded the installation files. For 32 bit installations the setup.exe is in the \setup folder. For 64 bit it is in the \setup64 folder. the command switch /a needs to be added. When the welcome screen appears, click Next and accept the license agreement. Select the default language and click on Next. If you use Items, select Item Explorer and select Next. Select the appropriate Product Type and click on Next. If you choose the Editor option, you will then select which CAD product(s) you use. Select the location where you wish to save the client administrative image. The SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image can then be launched from a shared…

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