Solid Edge ST7 is a powerful 3D CAD software that helps you design better products faster and more efficiently. Whether you are a professional engineer, a student, or a hobbyist, you can benefit from the advanced features and capabilities of Solid Edge ST7. In this article, we will show you how to install Solid Edge ST7 on your computer using a network (floating) license.
A network license allows you to share a pool of licenses among multiple users on different computers. This way, you can optimize your license usage and reduce costs. To use a network license, you need to have a license server and a client machine. The license server is the computer that hosts the license file and the dongle (a hardware device that acts as a security key). The client machine is the computer that runs Solid Edge ST7 and requests a license from the server.
Step 1: Install the Sentinel Driver for the Dongle
The first step is to install the Sentinel driver for the dongle on the license server. The dongle can be either a parallel-port or a USB device. The driver allows the license server to recognize and communicate with the dongle. You can find the driver on the Solid Edge DVD in the \"Sentinel\" folder, or you can download it from here. If you already have a Sentinel driver installed on your system, it is recommended that you remove it and install the latest version from the DVD or the website.
Before installing the driver, make sure that all USB dongles are removed from your system. Failure to do so can cause damage to your USB dongle. After installing the driver, plug in the dongle to your license server.
Step 2: Get a Copy of Your Solid Edge License File
The next step is to get a copy of your Solid Edge license file (SELicense.dat). This file contains information about your license type, number of seats, expiration date, etc. You should have received this file from Siemens or your reseller when you purchased Solid Edge ST7. If you don't have it, contact them and request a copy.
Open the file using Notepad or any text editor. Find the line that looks like this:
SERVER Host1 SE_HWKEY_ID=36243
SERVER THIS_HOST SE_HWKEY_ID=36243
Replace Host1 or THIS_HOST with the name of your license server machine. Then save this file to a safe location on your license server.
Step 3: Install and Configure FLEXlm
The final step is to install and configure FLEXlm on your license server. FLEXlm is a software that manages and distributes licenses over a network. You can find FLEXlm on the Solid Edge DVD in the \"ResKit\\License Manager\" folder. Run setup.exe and follow the instructions on the screen.
During the installation, you will be asked to specify the location of your license file (SELicense.dat). Browse to where you saved it in step 2 and select it. You will also be asked to specify a port number for FLEXlm to use. You can leave it as default (27000) or change it if you want. Make sure that this port is not blocked by any firewall or antivirus software on your network.
After installing FLEXlm, you need to start it as a service on your license server. To do this, go to Start > All Programs > Siemens > Solid Edge ST7 > License Utility. Click on \"Start/Stop/Reread\" tab and click on \"Start Server\". You should see a message saying \"Server Start Successful\". This means that FLEXlm is running and ready to serve licenses.
Step 4: Install Solid Edge ST7 on Your Client Machine
Now that you have set up your license server, you can install Solid Edge ST7 on your client machine. Insert the Solid Edge DVD into your DVD drive and run setup.exe. Follow the instructions on the screen until you aa16f39245