network licensing

We are considering network licensing and I have what I think is a
basic question.
Scenario #1:
In this scenario all of our licenses would be converted to network
We have several licenses of regular solidworks and one license of
solidworks office. We would like to set up the network license scheme
so that when a user launches solidworks they can choose either
solidworks office or regular solidworks. That seems simple and that
seems like almost exactly the type of functionality that network
licensing is used for, can anyone confirm for me that this type of
arraignment is possible?
Scenario #2:
In this scenario only the license of solidworks office would be
converted to a network license, all the regular solidworks licenses
would remain local. Doing this would allow each user to lauch their
own license of solidworks from their local machine but when the need
arises they could also access the solidworks office license through
the network license. I have been told that this would not work because
there would be a registery conflict when a user with a local license
of regular solidworks tries to access the network license of
solidworks office, can anyone confirm that is true?
Thanks for any input
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Convert all your licenses to network.You would then install SolidWorks Office on everyone computer. When they launch SolidWorks, it only grabs the "Office" license if they have an add-in checked that needs it. Otherwise they just use the plain SolidWorks license.
We d the same thing here...we have 25 regular licenses and one Office license. Just make sure all your users have the add-in's unchecked.
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We do scenario 1. It works better than you described. What happens when you start SW is that you get SW and whatever addins you had previously checked off. Since SW put that nifty Office icon on the toolbar you need only turn on what you need when you need it and then turn it off. This is where network saved us bucks because we need the Office functionality from time to time, but couldn't predict where or when. Now it doesn't matter. And we can afford to have people running SW that couldn't be justified before.
The second scenario could cause problems because SW wouldn't know which serial number it was supposed to be running. Remeber that network or not, SW is installed the same on each machine. The serial number is in the registry and you would somehow have to tell SW which serial number to use. Keep it Simple.
As a bonus, with the network license you can checkout a seat or if you have high speed on both ends run it remotely.
The one caveat is that once you go network going back is difficult and it will cost you. However, with the new licensing for standalones I don't think you can do multiple installs on the honor system anymore.
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Something I should have included is that one of the reasons we want to do this is so that when we create eDrawings files (edrw or exe files) we want the edrawing user to be able to use the measure tools. My understanding is that this requires the eDrawing file to be published from a solidworks office license, so in this case its not really access to any particular add-in that is required. I just want to be able to select File, Save As, select edrw from the drop down list and have the edrw file that is created be measurement enabled (which does not require the eDrawing add-in to be selected).
If we have just one network license of solidworks office would the multiple users be able to share the ability to create measurement enabled edrawing files?
Thanks for you input
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"Sam" a écrit dans le message de news:
Can't answer to that, but you can buy edrawings pro, that is certainly cheaper than the jump to SWoffice.
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Jean Marc
Unfortunately eDrawings does not provide for a site license so even that will get expensive and my understanding is that eDrawings pro is not subscription based so when a new version of sw comes out the previous version of eDrawings will not be unable to open the newer versions of solidworks.
I am not 100% sure that my last statement was true, can anyone confirm?
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You can get a network eDrawings Pro license for $1495. It believe it can be shared among multiple "standalone" SolidWorks users. It can also be used to publish eDrawiings with measure and markup enabled by someone who does not have SolidWorks on their system.
There is no separate subscription service fee. Upgrades are provided at no charge.
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We don't have this problem. What you don't understand is that Office goes away when you have a network license. In it's place you have a license for one concurrent use of any of the Office addins. You don't turn "Office" on and off. Everyone has access to all the addins in Office on a network license. In your situation if one user uses one Office addin then other users will be locked out till that license for that addin is freed. But I digress.
With a network license when you start eDrawings and open a SW drawing with it I think you will find that you can save with measure enabled regardless of whether SW is running or not. You get three eDrawings licenses for every SW seat. So if you have one Office seat you have three licenses of eDrawings for Office. That should about cover you.
I think SW putting three licenses of eDrawings and DWGEditor in for every SW seat was a good way to get a company on track. We have seen this increase SW usage alot.
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I have a basic Solidworks licence. If I save as eDrawings with the measure option selected, I cannot measure when viewing the file in eDrawings, but the same file opened by a SW Office user, has the measure capability.
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