Do you sometimes find yourself looking at the NetWork License Manager and wondering, how many licenses do we really have? Sometimes you may see multiple licenses that you weren’t expecting to be there, while other times licenses you expected to be there, simply aren’t. I’ll break down the main function of the license manager, which is the license borrowing capability.
In the image below, the License Borrowing tab shows 30 total standard and 30 total premium licenses. Someone may, understandably, misinterpret this as having 60 total licenses. This is not the case. The license manager is set up in such a way that when a user accesses a Professional or Premium feature within SOLIDWORKS, that license is pulled from the license manager pool; however, you still have access to Standard features as well so a Standard license is needed too.
Once you borrow the license, the manager will remove all of the available licenses for that license type from the product licenses selection. This is to insure you don’t borrow the same license twice. As the image below indicates, I had selected a premium SOLIDWORKS License. By doing this, the license manager automatically borrows a standard and removes the entire premium and standard license pool from the available product license column.
To verify the amount of available licenses, navigate to the license usage tab. Make sure you’re searching within the correct server and identify your product correctly. In the “License Used By” section you should be able to tell who is the current user, the user’s computer name, display, version, start date and a date the license will be borrow until its return.
Part of license borrowing requires an understanding of how the licenses are returned; a borrowed license must be returned to the pool for it to become available again. The best and most efficient way to return a borrowed license is done by connecting your machine to the network, then return the license via the SolidNetwork License Manager. Reference the image below as the square indicates the products I want to return and the circle indicates the button to execute the return.
Another way is by utilizing the timeout option, note that the timeout option is an administrative tool and should only be carried out by an admin user. The Solid NetWork License Manager has a default timeout period of 2hrs where any idle license will be returned to the pool. You’re able to adjust this period from anywhere between 15 minutes and the 2 hour maximum. This can be set by creating an options file. There are other ways to force return a borrowed license and SOLIDWORKS can allow you access to those utilities (typically known as a license Kill). Please contact Symmetry Solutions for more information on force returning licenses.