PSL, and We’re Not Talking Lattes!

By Eric Bright on

With this cold weather, we’ve all been lining up for hot beverages to keep us warm. I’m keen to Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and the engineer in me made a lightbulb go off. PSL also stands for Processor Site License! In this blog, I’m going to summarize how you can streamline deploying different license types to a large installation base using PSL.

Having the correct type license in place for PDM Professional is a critical part of system deployment and adoption. There are three types of licenses at the foundation of usage:

  1. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: CAD Editor & Web: Supports working with all file types, including enhanced management and previewing of many CAD formats such as SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidEdge and Pro/ENGINEER. Should be used on any system working with CAD files.
  2. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Contributor & Web: Supports working with all file types, including CAD files. However, CAD add-ins are not supported on this client type.
  3. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional: Professional Viewer: Allows read-only access to file vaults; user cannot add or modify (check out, check in, update values) any files. CAD add-ins are not supported on this client type.

During installation or when you define the Admin Image, you will select the type of license for the users you want to deploy the system. If you have a group of Editors, Contributors or Viewers, this can be a time-consuming task for a larger installation base.

Option 1: Installation Per License Type/Group

PSL Licensing: Option 1

To streamline this effort, I like to use the term “Connection Point” to the PDM Professional system using a Processor Site License (PSL). A PSL (25, 50, 75 and 100 Seat Bundles) has advantages in that it can combine or use any of the client license types without specifying ahead of time how many licenses of each type (CAD Editor, Contributor or Viewer). It becomes a “Connection Point” to the PDM system, and the user’s credentials in the system are the driving factor for the task at hand versus adding another layer of configuration to the type of license you install on the end users’ machine. You deploy the PSL as a floating license (SNL) as the same image to all, and manage the user list versus breaking it up into groups per functionality. This makes the process streamlined for multi-seat installations and/or upgrades.

Option 2: Installation per a Processor Site License (PSL), Define the Users

PSL Licensing: Option 2

From Engineering, Quality and Purchasing, along with other local/remote resources that access PDM Professional, deploying a PSL takes the headache out of installing the end users and lets you focus on the tasks at hand.

As I stated above, this process is like a good cup of coffee. The right PSL can make your day and save you time so you can get the right information to the right users, the first time.

Have questions about Processor Site Licenses? Contact our the TriMech Professional Services team today!