Is there a simple way to use Solidworks on a remote computer?
If it is going to be the same computer, such as a home computer, see if you can get a home license. If that's not an option, VPN'ing into your work or the place where you normally get the license is another option. If you have the bandwidth, you can also do a remote desktop session for the remote computer and then use it via the computer you have remote desktop'd into.
If you can let us know the situation, there may be a better way than what I have listed.
It could always be the same computer, and we wouldn't be able to get another license or seat. I am looking for the easiest way possible, it is only part time.
You could borrow a license through the flexlm server.
Would Logmein work?
As long as you had the internet speed to use that. I'm not familiar with Logmein, but it looks like it operates on the same principle as remote desktop.
we have done it 2 ways here.
1) install SW on the "secondary" computer and VPN in to the office to acces the license server and SW files.
a) for us this took a LONG time to load or save files.
2) VPN into the office and remote desktop to your workstation.
a) opeing and saving went normally in this setup, but manipilating models was painfully SLOW.
your mileage may vary.
If you are using EPDM, that has the option of a web client - but I am not sure if that wil allow editing of files or just viewing - we have't turned that feature on.
the setup I want to try soon is install SW and the standard EPDM client on the secondary computer, VPN into the office to connect to the license server and the datavault server. the EDPM client would cache the files locally before SW could open them so that should fix the open and save times from 1 above.
The person working remotely could save the files on the remote desktop, would that make SW run at normal speed?
When you remote desktop in, you are actually using the computer into which you are remote logged in so the speed will be ok as long as the internet speed is good.
The problem is not the speed of the remote computer, it will be as fast as it always is. Updating the graphics area on a remote session is painfully slow in most cases.
You will be waiting on screen refreshes on the user's end to catch up with your mouse clicks and model manipulation, etc on the computer running the SolidWorks session.
I would get an HUL or set your person to remote in and borrow a license so they can work natively on their computer.
Jeremy Feist wrote: 2) VPN into the office and remote desktop to your workstation. a) opeing and saving went normally in this setup, but manipilating models was painfully SLOW
Jeremy Feist wrote:
a) opeing and saving went normally in this setup, but manipilating models was painfully SLOW
A while back SW wouldn't work with a VPN and any operating system other than XP. Did that get fixed?
don't know - we've been on XP (32 bit even) the whole time . there have been rumors of 64 bit windows 7 by the end of the year - I have my fingers crossed.
There are several ways - if it is something quick and simple I just use windows remote desktop. The limitation here is the bandwidth. The workstation at work is still processing at the same speed but sending the screen image through the internet can be very slow. I can use solidworks on my iphone using remote desktop - it's just really slow and impractical.
I find the easiest way to work away from work is transfer the license to my laptop. I can VPN in to the work network so EPDM works fine and I still have access to our templates and part library.
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