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Solidworks License Server | Setup

This week we are setting up a new CAD lab with 38 machines. Were going from 2012 to 2013. Unfortunately we were running the license server off a old XP machine that sat in the closet. Since then we have been migrating our servers to our virtual servers. So we created a new server and called it CAD and will be running Solidworks 2013 off Server 2008 R2. We ran into a little issue with the new client machines being able to talk with the license server. Below you will find our findings for moving our license server and stetting up the new one.

How to Transfer Your Solidworks License

  1. Old server start up the license manager
  2. Click Modify
  3. Click Transfer a software license, and continue though the following windows.
  4. You can now shutdown/remove your old server.
  5. On the new server install the license manager. (Folder on the CD swlicmgr)
  6. Type in your new license key and activate it. (screenshot below for server reference port@servername)

Solidworks License Manager mgr License Server


How to Allow Client Machines to Contact the License Server

Solidworks uses a default port of 25734.  We had to manually open this port through the windows firewall. Once done our client machines were able to successfully access the sever and start up Solidworks.

  1. Start > Windows Firewall with Advance Security
  2. Right click Inbound Rules on the left and click New Rule
  3. On the window that popus up select Custom and press next
  4. Select All Programs, next
  5. Protocol type: Any
  6. For the next boxes you can leave them with the default settings or restrict the policy more if you want.
  7. Once Done and the license manager is running on the server you should be able to finally start up a client machine
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Cory Fiala

Technology and outdoor enthusiast. Currently the sole systems administrator for a local K-12 school district with 800+ staff and 5,500+ students. I support windows servers, Linux systems (FreeBSD and Ubuntu), along with vSphere (4 node cluster). 60+ virtual machines and 8 physical servers. This doesn't include my personal homelab.

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