How to Install Solid Edge on the Network (Floating Install)

How to Install Solid Edge on the Network (Floating Install)


Identify the machine which is
to be your License Server and then install the FLEXlm software.  The
license server can be any computer or server on your network that is running a
Windows operating system.  It is not necessary to install Solid Edge on a
server.  The server and the client machines must be running the TCP/IP
protocol and must be able to communicate over the network with the computer
acting as the license server.  The license server must have the provided
server dongle installed for a floating licensing to work.  The driver for
the dongle can be installed from the Solid Edge DVD from the
“Sentinel” folder.  The driver can also downloaded from the
following location:

When installing and
configuring the FLEXlm software, log in with administrative privileges on the
License Server machine and follow the steps below:

Step 1:  Install the
Sentinel driver for the parallel-port or USB dongle. If you are prompted and
see that the Sentinel drivers are already install on the system and this is a
new install, it is recommended that you select the Remove option to remove the
existing Sentinel driver.  Microsoft delivers a form of a Sentinel driver
with their various Operating Systems.  By using the Sentinel driver from
the Solid Edge DVD or from the SafeNet website you will be loading the latest
driver version.

Sentinel Driver Tips:

– All USB dongles must be
removed from your system prior to installing the Sentinel driver. Failure to do
so can cause damage to your USB dongle.

– If you think the dongle is
not working or is of the wrong type you can download a utility from the Solid
Edge website called “SEWinDongle”.  This executable will check
to see if a valid Solid Edge hardware key is connected to your system.

-The executable will report
back, in a dialog box, one of the following:
“Solid Edge Hardware Key Detected” = Customer Node-Locked Hardware
“Solid Edge SERVER Hardware Key Detected” = Customer Floating
Hardware key.
“Solid Edge Demo Hardware Key Detected” = Demo/Evaluation Hardware
“UG Hardware Key Detected” = Pre-Version 8 Hardware Key attached.
“No Hardware Key Detected” = Physical Hardware key not connected, a
bad dongle, or the Sentinel drivers not running.

NOTE: You MUST have the
sentinel driver running before it will detect the device.

Step 2: 
Plug in the Dongle

Step 3: 
Get a copy of your Solid Edge license file (SELicense.dat). Open the file using
“Notepad”; find the line in the file which looks similar to the
following examples:


Replace the host name
listed with the name of your server machine. Then save this file
(SELicense.dat) to a safe location.

Step 4:  Install and configure FLEXlm , run :\ResKit\License
Manager\setup.exe, where is the drive letter of the CD-ROM drive. Follow the
installation prompts.

Step 5: 
Copy your license file (SElicense.dat) to the :\SEFlex\Program directory, where
is the drive letter of the hard drive where you installed FLEXlm.

Step 6:  Double-click lmtools.exe in the :\SEFlex\Program directory to
display the LMTOOLS dialog box.

Step 7:  On the Service/License File tab, specify Configuration Using
Services.  Ensure that FLEXlm License Manager is highlighted in the list.

Step 8:  On the Configure Services tab, specify the location of the
License Manager daemon, lmgrd.exe, and the Solid Edge License File,
SElicense.dat. Also specify a location for the debug log file.

Step 9:  Select Use Services and Start Server at Power Up options, these
options will automatically start FLEXlm as a service each time the server is

Step 10:  Click Save Service.  If prompted to save the FLEXlm
settings, click Yes.

Step 11: 
On the Start/Stop/Reread tab, click Start Server.  Allow approximately 30
seconds and then verify that the sedemon.exe and lmgrd.exe processes are
running on the
If these two processes are running, the configuration has been
successful.  On a computer that is running the Windows XP or 2000
Professional operating system, use the Task Manager to display the processes
that are running. 

Step 12: 
Install Solid Edge on each client machine that will be running Solid
Edge.  Copy the SELicense.dat file from the server to each client. Place
it in the ~\Solid Edge\Program directory.  Floating licenses are not
created through the License Wizard process.

Note:  If you have a
problem reading the license file information on the Flexlm server it may be
related to a Windows firewall issue.  Windows XP SP2 installs additional
firewall protection to a user’s machine.  One of the things that this
firewall will do is prevent clients from accessing a machine that has XP SP2
installed, including a license server.  To correct this on the license
server, select Start->Control Panel and double click on “Windows
Firewall”. When the Windows Firewall dialog comes up, select the
“Exceptions” tab.  This is where you will add the programs or
services that you do not want to be blocked from external use.  In this case,
you need to select the Add Program… button.  Browse to the location you
have installed flexlm and select the lmgrd.exe program, then do the same thing
for the sedemon.exe. With these two programs added to the exception list, your
clients will again be able to access your license server.  In some
situations, you may have to reboot your server.


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