An instructor with a laptop wants to use solidworks from home. Is it possible? How?
It is very possible... if he has Solidworks installed on his PC and is licensed then there is no doubt.
Also it sounds like you are in a class... there are student versions that are given out that give out a key. The key is used to get the student version of Solidworks and can be downloaded online. The instructor will usually hand out a key too each student in the class.
Hope this helps,
If the license owned by the instructor is a standalone license it may be installed on a primary computer (if used there at least 80% of the time) and a backup location provided both are not in use at the same time. If it is a network license there are home-use licenses (1 per seat) available thru the VAR. These requirements are always subject to change and may not be the same in all countries.
If you have network access to the Solidworks computer from home you can use Windows built in Remote Access to login with your home computer. Once you are logged in you can execute any programs on the remote computer. This service turns the home computer (desktop or laptop) into a dumb terminal so you are actually executing on the licensed computer with graphics sent to your home computer. As long as you have a decent network connection this works very well. Only one person can "remote login" to the a Windows computer at a time so there is no violation of the licensing agreement.
Please note that transferring or borrowing a license is inferior to using remote login or a VPN.
1. Borrowing effectively decrements the number of licenses in the license pool.
When your user closes their application - the license will still be missing in the license pool.
2. "Borrow"-able licenses are normally more expensive.
3. Users tend to forget to return ('un'-borrow) the license ASAP
4. Users will often open another session on another network computer, consuming an additional license.
You will need a dedicated tool to avoid this condition.
5. Certain vendors (not sure about Solidworks) even add 'lingering' time to borrowing, meaning that the license will not be available for even after it has been returned.
So my opinion is - refrain from borrowing.
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