SOLIDWORKS, Electrical Design

Time Saving Feature: Electrical Application Settings for Remote Work

By Cameron Cintula on August 4, 2021

Like many of us, a lot of SOLIDWORKS Electrical users recently experienced the need for working remotely. Working remotely presents its challenges and we want to make sure you have the information you need so that you can transition comfortably into your remote workspace so you can successfully complete your tasks.

One way to work remotely with SOLIDWORKS Electrical is to install the software as a standalone setup. This would mean putting the application, program data folder, an instance of SQL, and the collaborative server utility all on the same computer.


When working remotely, you will need to borrow an electrical license. To do this, navigate to the SolidNetWork license manager client and borrow the electrical license.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical SolidNetWork Manager

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Archiving Environment or Project

At this point, you will want to archive your environment or projects. This process is going to take the data you are working with that currently resides on your company’s electrical server. Archiving the environment will capture the entire electrical database. Archiving select projects will only grab data related to the selected projects.

To archive the environment, go to the File tab on the ribbon menu and select the option that says all objects.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Project Data SelectionTo archive only the selected projects, go to the ribbon menu and select Project Manager under the File tab. From here you will select the projects you are looking to bring over to your standalone install and archive them.

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Application Settings

It is good practice to take a screenshot of the application settings and how they are configured pointing to the electrical server. This is going to be helpful for when you are back in the office and need to revert to the client-server setup.

Application settings can be found under the Tools tab in the ribbon menu. Again, you will want to take a screenshot of the data fields in the collaborative server tab and databases tab.

Next is to modify the SOLIDWORKS Electrical installation. You can accomplish this through the Windows programs and features window. In the product selection list, make sure the electrical server components are checked.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Product Selection ComponentsNext, in electrical options, make sure the program data folder, collaborative server, and the new instance of SQL are all pointed to localhost.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Options

Unarchiving Environment or Project

Once the installation is modified and the server components are local, you can unarchive your environmental or project .tewzip files. When you unarchive, you will be presented with a summary. The summary is going to let you know what data the tool sees as new or duplicates. From the user side, you will have the opportunity to manage this data before adding it to your local setup. The options are Do Nothing, Keep Both, and Replace.

Returning to the Office

When going back to work at the office, it will be necessary to go through the archiving steps again. This is so any changes done while working remotely can be transitioned over to the shared electrical server. Don't forget:

  1. Go back into application settings and point the application to the server using the screenshot saved before setting up the tool locally.
  2. With the application pointed back to the server, unarchive the .tewzip files going through the data summary; using the options Do Nothing, Keep Both, and Replace, depending on which data had changed while working remotely.
  3. Return your borrowed license.

For more details on this process and other time saving features for SOLIDWORKS Electrical, including how to automate other manual design tasks, watch the full on-demand webinar below!