There are a lot of big changes coming with Enterprise PDM 2015 – enhancements to the UI, as well as the copy and move functions, improvements to Parallel Transitions, a new Enterprise PDM add-in for Microsoft Office similar to the one for SOLIDWORKS and a new Web2 client that enables to you to access your vault from any web capable device, including mobile phones and tablets.
Today, I am going to be talking about the very first enhancement that every Enterprise PDM Administrator will encounter as soon as they upgrade to Enterprise EPDM 2015 – the new license system. As I am sure anyone who has ever done an Enterprise PDM upgrade in the past knows, after upgrading the software, you need to apply a new Enterprise PDM license file before anyone can actually log into the vault. Many new administrators didn’t realize this because no other SOLIDWORKS product works this way, and have spent several hours frustrating hours locked out of the vault waiting for a new license file.
I am happy to say, with Enterprise PDM 2015 this is no longer the case as it now uses the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager to control access.
This now gives you the same ability to control and check license usage as any other SOLIDWORKS product managed by the SNL. Administrators can see available licenses and allow or restrict user access to the vault. They can also can reserve or refuse certain license types using the FlexNet options file just like any other SOLIDWORKS license. Best off all if you already have a SNL Manager installed you can use it with Enterprise PDM (just make sure it’s been updated to the same release version as Enterprise PDM and the EPDM clients can see it).
For customers who don’t already have a SOLIDWORKS Network License server, the software is included with the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM installation media. There is no fee to install it although, if you later purchase any other SOLIDWORKS network products, you must pay the normal network installation fee.
Switching over to the new licensing system is very easy. After you upgrade your Archive Server and Database Server, install the SNL Manager (if you don’t have a SNL server already), add your 24-diget Enterprise PDM serial number and then activate it. And that’s it! No further configuration is needed on the server (beyond what you normally would need to do to install and configure a SNL server, that is). More importantly, unlike a SolidWorks client, you don’t have to reconfigure your Enterprise PDM clients to use the SNL server – Enterprise PDM does that for you.
In fact, while I will detail the process in a later blog post, the steps to install and activate a SNL server to manage Enterprise PDM is exactly the same as shown here for a regular SOLIDWORKS SNL server.
Just make sure that when you set it up, the SNL server is accessible to EVERY Enterprise PDM client, including those at replicated sites. This means if you don’t already have an SNL server, you should consider installing it on your Enterprise PDM database server (since that has to be accessible to all clients as well and the SNL server requires minimal system usage).
If you plan on using a virtual machine for your SNL server, be aware it will install and allow license activation only on VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Parallels Desktop, and Citrix XenServer.