I have been asked to look into allowing user to work from home and I'm trying to figure out the best method. They want to give out lower level laptops and use Solidworks from a server. We also use PDM Pro. Any suggestions on where to start?
Not at home but had to work at another computer and have used my computer remotely. Just not sure how I did it our IT guy set it up for me.
I've used TeamViewer successfully to work from home on a few occasions over the years. I wouldn't say productivity was 100%, but that's dependant on having adequate mouse etc at the remote end to match what you'd use at work. Also internet connection needs to be relatively responsive.
Set up network licensing and a VPN and you're good to go.
So with VPN, am I running solidworks locally?
get ppl that are about to work over weekend, borrow licence from server to those laptops, and then they can work even without network.
after weekend on monday just connect to server and return borrowed licence.
In my current case, SW is installed locally and licenses are attained by VPN. As mentioned below, one can "borrow" licenses for a period of time so that it is not necessary to be on the internet to work.
Contact your VAR and ask them to provide you a home license from the network lic
EDIT: you can also use the network license from home thru VPN
I use Chrome remote desktop when I need to. As long as you have a decent internet connection its pretty good.
hm... I don't think 'home licence' exists anymore. isn't that whole change that happened recently?
Yes, It's a home license (EDIT: Your VAR will provide you a new serial number) from a network license
Not like a 2nd copy (EDIT: Same serial number) from your individual license as before
i tought they completely stopped home licence - even for the server versions.
Maybe I didn't state my question as clearly as I wanted. They don't necessarily want solidwork to be run on the laptops, rather they log into a server. I'm not an IT guy so I really don't know much about the "virtual" world. The idea was to spend money on a kick a$$ server and less money on individual laptops.
Not as such. You now have to kill your licence at work to be able to enable it at home and vice versa.
I still have one at home now, a home license from the company network lic
I think you're confused about the individual (stand alone) license which you could install/run at home computer before - it's not existing anymore and you now need to transfer license from work to home computer (EDIT: or you can activate your license online from Customer Portal) if you want to use it
We do both here. We have one guy who works remotely and comes in once every couple of weeks and he uses SW on his home PC. We have another who has recently needed to spend most of the day at home and he comes in for a couple of hours every morning then logs in remotely for the rest of the day using SW on the local machine. He does have a PC running here at work but remotes to it. He doesn't see much lag at home but then his work PC isn't a killer machine either.
I gather the last part is what you are looking for? They did have to set up a dedicated IP address or something at home for him as I recall. Part of that was due to company security I believe.
Steve Crompton wrote: I use Chrome remote desktop when I need to. As long as you have a decent internet connection its pretty good. Thanks Steve
Steve Crompton wrote:
This is the way we do remote access as well. Setup is pretty stable, the remote computer has to have a decent set up, that seems to be the only gate that I have found so far.(In other words a home computer with 4GB of ram is going to perform very poorly)
Connection is secure and works better and more responsive than a conventional VPN. SInce we are a small company and I am for the most part the IT guy, I need to keep things as simple as possible. I could have probably messed around with our VPN settings to refresh a little better on the user end of the remote, but I found Chrome remote handled all of the things I needed and was pretty easy to set up.
We tried vpn shared license and some other things along the way and found Chrome remote desktop to be the best fit for someone if there was a need to work from home. It actually works pretty cool for most users.
I have used the laptop with PDM where you checked out your license and checked out your files prior to going home before at a previous employer. I like the remote desktop way better.It acts as if you are sitting at your computer at work. Which is a huge benefit. Downside is if you run dual monitors at work it does not handle it the greatest on your remote workstation. You have to side scroll 1 screen to see both. Now you can set it up to quickly change to 1 monitor setup when remotely working and 2 monitors when you are actually at work. Desktop is kind of messed up everytime you do it so I deal with the side scroll.
Teamviewer is a great program (as mentioned above). Its free and will support dual monitors. I used to work from home all the time.
All i do is deactivate my license from my work computer and activate it on my laptop, if i forget to deactivate from my laptop (happened several times) i can deactivate it with my phone through google. It's instant and it works, problem solved. I've never used a home license. I just let my boss know what i was doing and he was cool with it. All i have to have is a internet connection to activate and deactivate.
What you're doing now (activate/deactivate) is working for individual (stand alone) license while home license is only available with network license
Dave Stevens wrote: Maybe I didn't state my question as clearly as I wanted. They don't necessarily want solidwork to be run on the laptops, rather they log into a server. I'm not an IT guy so I really don't know much about the "virtual" world. The idea was to spend money on a kick a$$ server and less money on individual laptops.
Dave Stevens wrote:
DAVE are you talking about where SolidWorks is run on the server itself and each user would have no more than a key board and monitor to see what they are doing. I heard about this about 5 years ago at a user group meeting in Houston. That got me to wondering about opening multiple sessions of SolidWorks cause there where times that I would do that to take a look at another file instead of trying to open it in my current version and have it crash or become really slow.
it sounded like the speedy way of making the program run. Not sure why you would need the laptop other than to have a monitor and the keyboard and mouse pad.
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Interesting ... never aware of it - Thx
When you are running TeamViewer (or other similar products), you are basically using your computer, monitor, kbd, mouse, speakers, Microphone. as remote devices of the host system. They will respond and emulate the Host computer as if they were the items that at that computer. In the examples others here have given the "work computer" would be what I am calling the "Host computer". It would be just like you took everything connected to your work computer to another location and connected long cables to the work computer (in this case the cables are the internet.
You will usually see a thin screen border on your monitor and within that you are seeing exactly what the Host Computer monitor(s) is displaying. Your mouse, keyboard, speakers... work just like you were sitting at work (except that you mas see some lag in the response - depending on the internet speed) If someone was sitting at your work computer and had the monitor on, they would see what you see. They would also - at the same time - be able to type, move the mouse, hear and talk into a mic the same as you. Typically, you can take or give control - depending on your settings - from either location.
We use this at work to access our tools at customer sites. I will regularly do a Team Viewer connection to our tools in other Countries and I will be in direct control of the tools connected to those computer like I am there. The software that is controlling the tools is only on that computer - not mine, but I am running it just like it was on mine with the tool connected. Usually those tools do not have speakers or microphones connected so we will open a text box on the screen and I can write messages and the person on the other side can also read and write to that same test box like we were sitting on the same computer.
This is also something to be aware of - because if you are controlling your computer from home, and the monitors, mouse, keyboard are still active on your work system, if someone turns on your monitor - they will see what you see - so don't do anything the boss won't like or you don't want someone else to see.
Don't open a file with all your personal information or similar because someone else could see it - if you open a file with a password they have access and if you loose your internet connection or walk away, you file could still be open and you might not be aware of it if you just disable the monitor view.
You can also switch off the control going to that computer and use yours and then switch back at any time - just like it was displayed on your browser on your computer.
Thanks Rick McDonald
it's whole story of using remote computer which I only use for short technical remote session. Also if you use it at night time from home, the janitors can mess up your computer too
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