Dispelling Firewall for SOLIDWORKS

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Dispelling Firewall Ports

When we work collaboratively over the network, we must make sure that the required ports for communication (between the clients and the server) are open. Unless those ports are open we cannot use the SOLIDWORKS Licenses we need to do our jobs.

Insert analogy here: We must drive to our destination, on our way there we run into a blocking toll booth. The toll booth has residing in itself the toll collector. We pay this toll collector and continue through this toll booth. Via this road and our vehicular transport we reach our destination.

Key for the above analogy:
Destination = Server
Road = Port
Toll Booth = Firewall
Toll Collector = IT (Information Tech)

Launch Firewall Tool(s)

§  Go to Start > type in Firewall > select Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (easiest)


  Go to Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Advanced Settings


§  On the left side click Inbound Rules. Now on the right side click New Rule…


Firewall Rule Wizard

§  Rule Type: Now we’re within the New Inbound Rule Wizard, select the radio button Port. Click Next.


§  Protocol and Ports

     ·  Select TCP

     ·  Select Specific local ports: Open the specified ports per what you need.

    §  SOLIDWORKS Network: 25734, 25735

    §  SOLIDWORKS Electrical: 1433, 1434, 26666-26672

    §  Enterprise PDM: 1433, 1434, 3030

·  Click Next.

Protocol and Ports

§  Action: Select the radio button Allow the connection. Click Next.


§  Profile: Select all of the checkboxes; Domain, Private, and Public. Click Next.


§  Name: This doesn’t need to be anything specific, but I’d advise something like; SOLIDWORKS Network (or Electrical or EPDM) Inbound Port. Click Finish.


Lather Rinse Repeat

§  Do it all over again, except for the Outbound Rules.


I would like to thank Dennis Calvert for letting me use his art for my teaser picture. Here is a link to his Deviant Art gallery and account: http://dennis-calvert.deviantart.com/

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