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Reserve Licenses with Options File

How to Use an Options File to Reserve Network Licenses for Specific Users

SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses are hosted by a License Manager running on FlexLM technology.  FlexLM is the industry standard for distributed industrial licensing and contains many options for modifying how pools of licenses are shared and distributed across multiple users and teams within a company.  This article explains how to implement an Options File to manage licenses and provides helpful information and examples to get you started.

How to Create a New Options File

Formatting the Options File

Now that the options file has been setup you can add the appropriate options to it. Open the log file in Notepad to modify the commands and stop/start the server to apply changes.

NOTE: The options file must be formatted correctly and is case sensitive.  Make edits carefully and always keep a backup copy when making changes.

NOTE: Additional information on the commands available in the Options file can be found in the License Administration Guide found in the “\Docs\flexuser” folder of the SolidNetWork License Manager installation folder.  Default installation path is C:\Program Files (x86)\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SolidNetWork License Manager\

In order to reserve licenses you must define groups and then reserveinclude or exclude products for those groups. 

    • Define a group using the GROUP keyword: