Enterprise PDM/SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Upgrade Test Licensing

Enterprise PDM, soon to be known as PDM Professional, has undergone some changes in terms of licensing in 2015 and later. No longer will a new license file be needed to upgrade from one major release to another. Instead, PDM will be utilizing the same type of SolidNetworkLicense Manager as SOLIDWORKS has been using for years. This allows all of the PDM license to be updated and activated online using the serial numbers that you can access from the SOLIDWORKS customer portal. However, this may pose as an issue if you are looking to set up a new test environment for upgrading.

If you are setting up a brand new test environment to try out the upgrade process to make sure everything is working smoothly, you will need some kind of serial number with licenses to actually test everything out. Instead of using your current serial number and taking away license from your production environment, we recommend that you contact your local PDM and SOLIDWORKS reseller and ask them to request a Global Evaluation License from SOLIDWORKS. This will be a 30 day (with 1 expansion to 60 day if needed) evaluation serial number that you can use for your test environment without wasting any licenses from your production environment.

We recommend that a full test environment (New SQL, new SNL, restored database and restored archive files) is set up prior to any production upgrades. This will allow your local IT and PDM administrators the proper tools to test the upgrade process to ensure that there are no major issues or roadblocks that may cause you significant downtime during the production upgrade. Your local value added reseller (VAR) should be able to provide you with the documentation necessary to perform any upgrade, but if you are uncomfortable with the process, we here at InFlow Technology do offer our services to provide a complete upgrade for your production environment, as well as the setup of a complete test environment.

Derek M. Lawson
Consultant – Product Lifecycle Management Solutions


2 comments on “Enterprise PDM/SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Upgrade Test Licensing

  1. It would be so much simpler if they just allowed two activations of the license like they do for SolidWorks.

  2. I think that one thing to remember is that a network license really is just a single activation for many seats. When you are requesting a temporary SNL as described above, you are doing so to completely separate the new test environment from the production environment for testing purposes. This allows you to keep all of your purchased licenses available for production. However this does not required for testing.
    The SNL is backwards compatible, so it is completely possible to upgrade your production SNL from 2014 to 2015 and have that single SNL used for both your 2014 production servers and your 2015 test servers. You simply point your test servers at your existing, upgraded SNL server. They would then both be pulling from the same license pool as no single seat is assigned to any specific machine. If you have 50 licenses for PDM, you may end up using 2 of those for your test environment meaning that only 48 are now available for the engineers to work with on actual projects. This actually may not be a huge problem considering that those 2 users are probably the ones who are testing the upgraded environment, so it really may not be a problem at all.

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