The top CAD Admin Dashboard is an excellent web based reference tool that allows you, as the SOLIDWORKS Admin, to monitor the computers that have or have had SOLIDWORKS installed on them. The CAD Admin Dashboard is accessed by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.
Hidden inside this Dashboard is a myriad of great tools that can help make your SOLIDWORKS experience even better. In this article we will work you through where to find the Dashboard, and some of the top tools found within.
Where to find the CAD Admin Dashboard
STEP 1: Browse to www.solidworks.com and select Login.
STEP 2: Select Login under SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.
STEP 3: Sign in with your existing account information or create a new account. If creating a new account, you will need to enter your SOLIDWORKS serial number.
STEP 4: Locate and select the CAD Admin Dashboard under the references heading to load the CAD Admin Dashboard.
The Top 5 Admin Dashboard Tools
The Upper Half of the CAD Admin Dashboard is a list of the machines that have had SOLIDWORKS activated on them. This list can be shortened using groups if the company owns many Licenses.
Tool #1: Red Flag Status
The Status column shows the red flag, and that column can be set to show up based on the Set Red Flag Conditions, under the Set Red Flag Options button. As seen in the CAD Admin Dashboard below With the Graphics driver is not supported selected and the Red Flags turned on the Status column for all the machines.
Tool #2: Systems Options
The System Options column allows you the option to set the Baseline Options and compare those to the other systems. This selection is done by clicking on the computer in the Actions column. In the example below by making Alpha the Baseline, all the other machines have modified options.
Tool #3: Display Filters
Display Filters allow you to display only certain information on the computers, (i.e. the operating system or the group that a computer is in.)
Tool #4: Specific Machine Details
The CAD Admin Dashboard receives updates from the specific systems. When you click on the specific system, you can find out more detailed information regarding that specific system.
Tool #5: All Systems Details
The Machine details allows you to access all the information regarding the machines that you can get by selecting the specific system and view them next to all other machines as well.
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Written by Adam Stadelmann
Adam Stadelmann is an Application Engineer at Alignex, Inc. Adam spends his days assisting customers on Alignex Help Desk and teaching SOLIDWORKS classes. On the weekends, you’ll most likely find him flying quadcopters, enjoying water sports or mountain biking.