Hello, anybody has experience using SW via VPN? Will using SW via VPN slow down the processing and makes real-time manipulation of 3D objects slow?
In my experience, the file transfer to PDM such as Get Version or Check-In/Check-Out take a good amount of time more than when I am at work. However, once all of that is done then I don't notice any degradation of performance.
If you don't have PDM and you're using VPN to work with files that are located on a server then I feel that would be a big performance hit and potentially open you up to issues with communicating with a file that is not local.
I often use VPN working on a laptop from home. I find Toolbox and Hole Wizard will cause the biggest slowdown, so I have a little .REG file that switches my Toolbox and Hole Wizard pointer from our server at work to a local folder on my laptop. I can't make final drawings because the Toolbox properties aren't right, but I have another .REG file for when I get back to work, and then everything switches back to the correct properties just fine.
VPN is not so bad, except the aforementioned network speed issues, but remote desktop or other remote control software is unbearable.
How does this work? IT at school told me that I can either buy my own or use the version at school via VPN. In this case, do I store the files locally on my laptop or in the server at school? I don’t use PDM but I am concerned that models/assemblies may not move or scale at fast as if I were installed SW on my laptop locally.
Given that the student version is not so expensive, is it worth to use the laptop be at school via VPN?
I am using a floating license from work via VPN. I might download from, or save files to, our server at work, but mostly I am working with local files.
In a professional environment, you'd have a laptop (or desktop) at home with a copy of SW on it. This copy of SW is setup to use Network License Manager to pull from a pool of available licenses. When you connect to your work network via VPN, you become a part of that remote network. The copy of SW on your PC sees the license server on the network and gets a license.
Not sure how this is handled in an academic environment.
Hi Dwight - are you able to share details of your .reg files or even the files themselves with any personal details removed? Your setup sounds like it would help me (the hole wizard loading time is driving me nuts).
Will, you should be able to use SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard to save two .sldtreg files, one with local toolbox and other with network toolbox. Then use the Wizard to restore settings.
Academic is same way. There is very little communication with the license server. When you first launch SOLIDWORKS and when you turn on and off add-ins that are also on the license server. I think it also periodically talks to the license server, but just a few bytes or data when it does.
I feel your pain, 'change state' ie. apporve/etc... that's a killer at the moment on VPN.
Ahhh - of course that would work. Perhaps Dwight was abbreviating .sldtreg?
VPN usually means you login to remote control the computer.
So everything is running and store online.
Some allow you to transfer files to local.
If setup properly, it'll be faster. Since you should be controlling a more powerful computer.
Try this first, since it doesn't really cost you anything.
VPN is actually Virtual Private Network, where you connect to a private network from a remote location. If you have a computer at your desk in your office that you can Remote Desktop onto from your home computer, that would be the fastest for PDM check outs and state changes that modify the files, updating custom properties. This way the only internet traffic is the screen updates and sending commands to the remote desktop computer. Other option is connecting to PDM database and archive servers, or file servers if not using PDM through the internet. In this case network traffic is the file transfers. Running SOLIDWORKS via Remote Desktop is not ideal as it will not be as responsive as running it local.
There is technology called VDI, Virtual Desktop Interface. This would be ideal for users working from home. Basically it is a VM, Virtual Machine, with a very expensive video card. With this setup companies can have multiple users running SOLIDWORKS on one VM. This would still require VPN to the company's private network to access the VDI server to run SOLIDWORKS, but it would be much more responsive.
You dont happen to have toolbox or other external references in your network right? with VPN + Network references you can bet a pretty penny that you will have a slowdown or worse: SOLIDWORKS closing on ya.
go to File > find references as well as the assembly visualization "External references" which can help find references in-context of assemblies. you want to separate yourself completely from network use.
also, you dont happen to be running on battery are you? I made a demo running on battery and my SOLIDWORKS was dragging its feet. I find myself working on battery more during these COVID times working from home.
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I have used SW via VPN using two methods:
My connection is usually about 30mbps download and 20Mbps upload. At the office end its a probably at least double that.
However whether you can log in to your PDM vault via VPN depends on the type of internet connection you have. IPV6 i think is the issue that stops it as the license borrowing part of the system is not up to date. However solidworks have been issuing temporary licence override files through the VAR's to users so they can work from home via VPN during the covid-19 pandemic. I guess updating this will have moved a long way up their agenda.
Without that license fix I had to use option1.
We used Windows built-in Remote Desktop to run SW and I was surprised how good it worked. Even working on large assembly drawings was good. Some graphics slow down but by no means significant. Honestly it was very much like working physically in front of my desktop.
Only drawback was that I couldn't use the 3D mouse since I didn't have a USB for RDP software.
All the computing is going on in the host machine - only the input commands and are going to the host machine and the graphic display coming back. So the internet traffic isn't that much. The only real issue that makes it a bit difficult is the screen update time and response to mouse clicks is a bit variable.
Elmar Klammer wrote: Only drawback was that I couldn't use the 3D mouse since I didn't have a USB for RDP software.
Elmar Klammer wrote:
There is one. Its on another post. I'll try to find it.
Use 3D Mouse in Remote Desktop (Proven Working Method)
Good info….I am under strict IT regulations so installing any 3rd Party software won't fly.
But thanks anyways I'll keep it in mind.
Let IT know. FlexiHub should be good. People in other CAD forum used it.
IT should have no problem setting up the Windows 10 Pro solution. As long as everyone use Win 10 Pro.
I have lived overseas for 20 years and move back to Europe. I couldn't get them to change the language setting in Excel to English.
There is logic and there is everything else….Common sense should be put on the endangered list. No kidding.
I hard IT lock monitor resolution because IT use small monitor on remote.
We use HP Remote Boost from home office or customer after making the VPN connection. Leave the power at the office. Remote Boost passes USB so your 3D mouse will work unlike with remote desktop connection.
Elmar Klammer wrote: I have lived overseas for 20 years and move back to Europe. I couldn't get them to change the language setting in Excel to English.There is logic and there is everything else….Common sense should be put on the endangered list. No kidding.
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