For SOLIDWORKS to run, licence check is one of the first checks that takes place to see if the licence is available. There are two types of licensing options – Standalone and Network Licence.
Users who are using Standalone licence on work PC, please remember to deactivate the licence from work so you can activate it on your home machine.
For SOLIDWORKS 2020, users can find the deactivate option under Help -> Licences -> Deactivate Licence
For SOLIDWORKS 2019 and 2018, users can find the option to deactivate licence under “Help” menu
Users who are using the network licence for their SOLIDWORKS have two options:
The maximum length of time to borrow a licence is 1-month period (30 Days). Licences automatically return to the pool after this period.
To borrow licence:
Alternatively, you can ask your IT to set up a VPN Connection to the Licence Server and make sure that client machine is communicating to the Licence Server machine.
If SolidNetWork Licence Manager is installed using default ports, then TCP Ports 25734 and 25735 need to be opened.
Make sure you have collected all the files you want to work on. There are couple of scenarios:
For any files that are on the Network Drive, you can either:
Pack and Go function will collect all the referenced files that are needed and maintain internal references. With Pack & Go, you can save all the files into a zip file for easy transfer.
Alternatively, you can ask your IT to set up a VPN Connection so that you can access Network Drives from home
When working with SOLIDWORKS PDM, PDM Client should communicate with the PDM Server products continuously. When PDM Client is actively communicating to the Server, the folders in the local vault view appear “Green”.
When you have to work from home and the PDM Server is not available there are two options to keep using files stored in PDM Vault:
SOLIDWORKS PDM offers users a flexibility to take the vault view offline when not in range of PDM Server. To work in an offline mode,
This will take your vault off-line and the folders will appear “Blue”. For all the files that you have checked out, they will have “Write” access and for all the files that you have not checked out, you will have “Read-only” access. Once you are back at work or within the range of PDM Server, you can go online and check in all the files.
The other way to keep using PDM in the active environment is to ask your IT to set up a VPN Connection so that the PDM Client on your machine can keep communicating to the PDM Server. As files are cached locally, there will be minimal live access to the vault, so it should still be a smooth experience.
For VPN Connection, following ports need to be opened:
Hopefully with all these options, working from home should be seamless. If you need any advice regarding work from home, please contact CADspace technical team on 1300 799 223 so we can help you out.
Written by Arpit Saxena, Team Leader
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