Why does the License Server need an upgrade every time?
It's a PITA to upgrade it when you don't have access to the server. Why????
Hi Rick. Not only does the License Manager software need updating, it also has to be reactivated. Every year SolidWorks updates their activation database to ready customers for their usage of the new version. The "Reactivation" is a query of this database to check a users' entitlement to the new version- this "ping" of the activation server is the only communication between the customer site and SolidWorks themselves- so this is necessary for each release- as Anna says this is standard practice in Network license setups.
What you have shown in your post though is that SolidWorks seemed to have vastly improved the notification error- it is far clearer that it was last year which never referred to upgrading the license, only ever the software itself which caught a lot of our customers out.
Updating the license server should always be the first port of call since a newer license server can issue licenses to older versions of SolidWorks, (i.e. SNL 2017 for SW Client 2016), but not the other way around.
Yes, you need to update the license server and activate it for a new version of SolidWorks.
All the software we have, that runs with a license server, gets new license server software, along with new license files or activation's, with new releases.
This is not a SolidWorks thing.... It is a very standard practice for most software.
Updated the license server is always the first step when we do our new software roll outs.
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