SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing (SNL)
NETWORK Licensing establishes a single host computer to hold all SOLIDWORKS licenses. Client PCs then request a license from the server machine, and if one is available, the server delivers the appropriate license. This is a favorable setup for a group of SOLIDWORKS users where not everyone will need access to the software at the same time. It allows available licenses to ‘float’ where needed and additionally provides ‘borrow’ abilities for travel away from the network.
Occasionally firewall rules must be created to ensure adequate communication across the network, and an example of the windows firewall rules using the default SNL ports can be viewed here.
Don’t forget to launch the SolidNetwork License Manager Server program! On the first launch of the software, an activation wizard will communicate with the SOLIDWORKS corporate licensing server and automatically activate your software on your server machine over the internet in a matter of seconds.
Client Installations of SOLIDWORKS products will use the same serial number(s) that was entered into the server, and just after clicking ‘install now’ you will be asked for the server name and port number, typically 25734@servername. After the installation is complete, a SolidNetwork License Manager Client program can be used to view available licenses on the network, prioritize servers and license types, and even ‘borrow’ a license for travel away from the network.