Categories : ZWCAD

 

Quick Start Guide

For ZWCAD, ZWCAD Mechanical, and ZWCAD Architecture


 

System Requirements for ZWCAD

  • Minimum System Requirements:
  1. Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (and above), 2003 Server, 2008 Server, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  2. Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz (or equivalent AMD processor)
  3. RAM: 1GB
  4. Display Card: 128MB
  5. Hard Disk: 2GB free space in OS disk, 1GB free space in installation disk
  6. Resolution: 1024*768 VGA with True Color
  7. Pointing Device: Mouse, trackball, or other devices
  8. DVD ROM: Any speed (for installation only)

 

  • Recommended System Requirements:
  1. Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (and above), 2003 Server, 2008 Server, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  2. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 CPU or higher
  3. RAM: 2GB or more
  4. Display Card: 1GB or more
  5. Hard Disk: 4GB free space in OS disk, 2GB free space in installation disk
  6. Resolution: 1440*900 with NVidia 8 series or Radeon HD series or higher
  7. Pointing Device: Mouse, trackball, or other devices
  8. DVD ROM: Any speed (for installation only)

Overview

There are two licensing options for ZWCAD.

For standalone licensing, you need to activate each computer with an individual license.
For network licensing, you need to activate the server computer, then distribute licenses to the client computers via a network connection.

ZWCAD Standalone vs Network Licensing

If you plan to install your current ZWCAD onto another computer or have to do it because of a software or hardware change, e.g. replacing hardware in an existing computer, or when reformatting a system hard drive, you need to return your license(s). Refer to the Return procedure.


ZWCAD Network Licensing

Network licensing means the clients get their licenses from a network server that is authorized with a ZWCAD license. A network license is ideal for medium to large organizations requiring many users, being more cost effect and controllable. Admin can manage licenses by allowing, limiting or reserving license seats for specific users or groups. A Network License Manager should be installed on the server and both the server and the client need to be configured to enable licensing.

If you have purchased a network license, refer to the following chapters, which will guide you through the procedure of installation, activation and configuration before you start to use ZWCAD both on the server and the clients.


 

A. LICENSE SERVER

A license server authorizes clients by issuing licenses to them. The following chapters will guide you through the procedure of installation, activation, configuration and how to start.

Additionally, it’s important to know how to do a Standalone License Return if you have to change the installation.

1. Server Installation

If you have a network license code (usu. with multiple licenses), where the client gets authorization, the
ZWCAD Network License Manager has to be installed on the server.

It will start automatically once the CD is inserted. Follow the steps shown below

1. Choose 32 bit or 64 bit version that fits your operating system.
2. Click the Install button.
3. Tick the checkbox of Network License Manager.
4. Continue by clicking the Next button.
5. Tick to accept the license agreement and click the Next button.
6. Specify the installation location and click the Next button.
7. The installation will start and you will be taken to the finish page. Click Finish when done.
8. It’s recomended to restart your computer.

You have already installed the Network License Manager. Refer to Server Activation for details in order to start licensing.

2. Server Activation

When the installation of the ZWCAD Network License Manager has been completed on the server, you
are required to activate it to start the licensing service.

Choose one of the two methods below

2.1. Activating automatically (via the internet)

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD Network License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Activate on the screen.
3. Fill in your license code and quantity to be used.
4. Click Verify.
5. Fill in the required user information.
6. Click Activate when done. You’ll see a success message.

There are still a few more steps in order to start licensing. Refer to Server Configuration for details.

2.2. Activating manually (no internet is available)

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD Network License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Activate on the screen.
3. Click here.
4. Fill in your license code and quantity to be used.
5. Click Generate to save an activation request file (a .xml file named after your license code).
6. Take the activation request file to another computer connected to the internet.
7. Open the web browser and go to www.zwsoft.com/en/license.
8. Fill in your license code and the required user information.
9. Click Submit and you will be navigated to a page called Manage Entitlements.
10. Click Manual Activation on the page.
11. Upload your activation request XML file and click Submit.
12. Click Save To File on the coming page and save the file as responseXML.
13. Take this responseXML back to the computer with ZWCAD installed.
14. Go to the page where you generated the activation request file and click Browse to upload the responseXML.
15. Click Activate when done. You’ll see a success message.

There are still a few more steps in order to start licensing. Please refer to Server Configuration for details.

3. Server Configuration

There are still a few settings to configure in order to start licensing after activation.

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD Network License Configuration from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Go to the tab Config Services.
3. Select (or type to create) a name for the network licensing service.
4. Find and specify the paths to the following three necessary* files, lmgrd.exe, LicenseFIle.lic, debug.log.
5. Tick the two check boxes on the tab.
6. Click Save Service to save all the above information as a new configuration.
7. Go to the first tab Service/License File.
8. Choose Configuration using Services.
9. Select the name specified just now.
10.Check the option LMTOOLS ignores license file path environment variables.

Now the license server is ready to issue licenses to clients. Refer to Starting Licensing to issue licenses to the clients.

Note: You have to find the three necessary files to continue. They are usually located by default in the installation folder of the ZWCAD Network License Manager.

4. Starting Licensing

Once you finished the configuration, the server is ready to start issuing licenses to clients.

Follow instructions below

1. Go to the tab Start/Stop/Reread.
2. Review the service you have configured and saved. It’s highlighted in the dialog box.
3. Click Start Server. Normally it will start licensing now.
4. Go to the tab Server Status to double check if the server’s working.
5. Click Perform Status Enquiry*.
6. See the text box below to confirm the status. You will see the total amount of licenses that has been
issued.

Now the license server is issuing licenses to clients. Refer to Client Installation and Client Activation to setup clients.

Note: Please perform an enquiry of the server status after configuration to ensure the server had been properly configured and has started working.

5. Server License Return

If you want to change the server, you need to return the license from the current server before activating it on the new server. All the client’s borrowed licenses should be returned to the server before returning the server license (refer to point about Returning a Borrowed License).

Return License ZWCAD

Note: To ensure that your license remains functional, it is important to return the license before making the following changes: change the hard drive, format the hard drive, reinstall the operating system. If you cannot perform the RETURN procedure due to an unexpected software crash or hardware failure, you need to contact the local dealer from whom you purchased your software license(s).

Choose one of the two methods below to return the server’s license.

5.1. Returning your license automatically (via the internet)

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD Network License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Return on the screen.
3. Click Online.
4. Confirm by clicking OK. You’ll see a success message if the license has been returned.
5. Click OK to finish.

Your license has been deactivated successfully. Now it’s ready to be activated on the new server.

5.2. Returning manually (no internet is available)

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD Network License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Return on the screen.
3. Click Offline.
4. Continue by clicking OK.
5. Click Generate to save a return request file (a .xml file named after FID_xxxxx).
6. Take the return request file to another computer connected to the internet.
7. Open the web browser and go to www.zwsoft.com/en/license.
8. Fill in your license code.
9. Click Submit and you will be navigated to a page called Manage Licenses.
10. Click Manage Licenses on the page
11. Click Manual Return.
12. Upload your return request file and click Submit.
13. Click Save To File on the coming page and save the file named responseXML.
14. Take this responseXML back to the server with the ZWCAD Network License Manager.
15. Go to the page where you generated the return request file and click Browse to upload the responseXML.
16. Click Return when done. You’ll see a success message.

Your license has been deactivated successfully. Now it’s ready to be activated on the new server.


 

B. CLIENT

A client requests a license from the license server through a local area network connection. The following chapters will guide you through the procedure of installation and activation.

Additionally, it’s important to know how to do a Standalone License Return if you have to change the installation.

1. Client Installation

It will start automatically once the CD is inserted. Follow the steps shown below

1. Choose 32 bit or 64 bit version that fits your operating system.
2. Click the Install button.
3. Tick the checkbox of ZWCAD.
4. Untick the checkbox of Network License Manager.
5. Continue by clicking the Next button.
6. Tick to accept the license agreement and click the Next button.
7. Specify the installation location and click the Next button.
8. The installation will start and you will be taken to the finish page. Choose your favorite user interface Ribbon/Classic.
9. Click Finish when done.
10. It’s recomended to restart your computer.

You have already installed ZWCAD. There are just a few more steps to activate it. Refer to Client Activation for details.

2. Client Activation

To start using ZWCAD on a client computer, you need to get issued a license from the license server in
the local area network. Please double check to ensure you have connected to the server.

Choose one of the two methods to use ZWCAD below

2.1. Requesting a Floating License

First connect your computer to the server and follow the steps below to activate your ZWCAD.

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Activate License on the screen.
3. Click Soft-Key Activation.
4. Choose Request a Floating License.
5. Fill in the IP address or the name of the server.
6. Click OK when done.
7. Close ZWCAD License Manager and launch ZWCAD.

Launch the ZWCAD application to confirm it had been activated successfully.

2.2. Borrowing a License

If you want to use ZWCAD as a standalone, disconnected from the server, you will need the license code to continue.

If you already have the license code, Follow the instructions below to borrow a license for standalone use.

1. Launch the ZWCAD License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Activate License on the screen.
3. Click Soft-Key Activation.
4. Choose Borrow a License.
5. Fill in the license server IP address or server name.
6. Do not change the default Port value 27000 if it’s not specified yet.
7. Press the button “Query” and then you will see the valid license version on Server, choose the version you need.
8. Specify the validity period* you want to use ZWCAD on your computer.
9. Click OK when done. You’ll see a success page with your license information.
10. Close ZWCAD License Manager and start ZWCAD.

Now your ZWCAD can work by itself in standalone mode.

Note: If you want to quit the standalone mode before the expiration date you specified, you need to go through the RETURN procedure, please refer to Returning a Borrowed License for the details.

3. Client License Return

If all network licenses are in use, no more clients can get a license until a license is returned to the server. There are two methods to return your license if you temporarily do not need to run ZWCAD on your system.

3.1. Returning a floating license

Normally a client relinquishes their floating license by closing ZWCAD, but if you need to dismiss your floating license but still have ZWCAD running, or you don’t want to get a floating license from the server next time you launch ZWCAD, you can follow the steps below to return your license.

Follow instructions below

1. Launch the ZWCAD License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Uncheck the box Enable network floating license.
3. Click X to quit.

Your ZWCAD has been deactivated. Refer to Standalone Activation/Client Activation for reactivation.

3.2. Returning a borrowed license

Borrowed licenses will be returned to the server automatically when the valid period expires. To  terminate a borrowed license before the expiration date, you need to return your borrowed license manually.

Follow the steps below

1. Launch the ZWCAD License Manager from the Windows Start Menu.
2. Click Return License on the screen.
3. Choose Return Borrowed License.
4. Review the information (license code, server IP and port) shown on the page.
5. Click OK to finish.

Your ZWCAD has been deactivated. Make sure the client is connecting to the server during returning. Refer to Standalone Activation/Client Activation for reactivation.