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How to Install Your SolidNetwork License Manager

Eric Weber on July 11, 2017 at 8:10 AM

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This how-to blog post will take you step-by-step through the process of installing your SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). Installing your SNL is the first step to upgrading your client computers.

*Note: To eliminate the chance of activation errors in the following steps, do not use remote access to the server. SOLIDWORKS also requires a reboot of the server to complete process.

Part 1: Installing the SNL on the Server Machine

STEP 1: Navigate to the folder containing the downloaded installation files. Run the Setup.exe file.

*Note: If you have not yet downloaded the files hold ctrl + click the hyperlink below to the guide for this process:

Alignex Guide to Downloading SOLIDWORKS Installation Media

STEP 2: On the first screen select Server Products then choose Install SolidNetwork License Manager on this computer, click Next.

Guide to SNL Installation

STEP 3: Enter in your network serial number provided, click Next.

Guide to SNL Installation


STEP 4: Review the summary page for installation location and download options. Click Download and Install.

Guide to SNL Installation

Part 2: Activating the Network License

STEP 1: Open the SNL Manager Server application.

Guide to SNL Installation



STEP 2: Choose Yes to activate now.

Guide to SNL Installation

STEP 3: Check the option A firewall is in use on this server. In the Computer Name box type in the server name. In the Port Number box type in “25734.” In the Vendor Daemon Port Number type in “25735.”

*Note: Always check the firewall box even though you may not have a firewall on your server. This often solves connectivity issues and automatically unblocks the ports show in Part 3. The port numbers should also be entered for you by default.

Guide to SNL Installation



STEP 4: Click Select All, choose Automatically over the internet, enter your email address and click Next.

Guide to SNL Installation


You will then see a window pop up showing the activation occurring and finally a message that states your products have been activated. If you see an error message contact the Alignex helpdesk.


Part 3: Unblocking TCP Ports (if required)

As noted in Part 2 Step 3 we often do not need to go through this process as the ports should have been opened by leaving the Firewall option check. But if you experience any connectivity errors during activation or when trying to run SOLIDWORKS from a client machine you may have to manually open the ports.

STEP 1: Start Windows Control Panel > Choose System and Security > Choose Windows Firewall.

STEP 2: Choose “Advanced Settings” in the left pane.

Guide to SNL Installation

STEP 3: Right click on Inbound Rules and click New Rule.

Guide to SNL Installation

STEP 4: Choose Port, click Next. Choose TCP and Specific Local Ports then enter “25734”, click Next.

Guide to SNL Installation


Choose “Allow the connection”, click next. Choose to apply to Domain, Private, or Public, click Next. Enter the name SOLIDWORKS SNL.

Guide to SNL Installation

STEP 5: Repeat STEPS 3 and 4 using the port number “25735.”

STEP 6: Go Back and Repeat Part 2 Activating the Network License.

*Note: If the initial activation worked but the client machines cannot connect to the server after completing Part 3. Open the SolidNetwork License Manager Server and choose to Modify > Activate/Reactivate > Choose A firewall is in use on this server > Complete the activation.

Part 4: Install Network License on a Client Machine

At this point the SNL should be installed and activated. The next part is to install the SOLIDWORKS Software on the client machines that will have access to the network licenses. Note, this is the same set of steps as installing a standalone license except for a couple of things.

STEP 1: Navigate to the folder containing the downloaded installation files. Run the Setup.exe file.

STEP 2: Choose Individual Install, click Next. Enter your network serial number in the top line (this is the same serial number we used when installing on the server), click Next.

Guide to SNL Installation

At this point SOLIDWORKS automatically detects a network serial number. You will then be prompted with the following popup.

Guide to SNL Installation


STEP 3: Enter in [email protected] (Using the actual name of your server machine). Click OK.

STEP 4: Continue the installation as you normally would for doing a standalone installation.

*Note: Activation is not required on a client machine using a network license. Activation only occurs on the server machine.

Thanks for reading! You can download the Alignex Guide to SNL Installation PDF as well as our other helpful guides in the Technical Support Documents section on our website.

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