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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's New in NX 8.5

Be sure to check out the below webinars for NX 8.5 as they become available.

  1. What's New in NX 8.5 Design - Watch this On Demand Webinar Now

Siemens PLM Resources:

How to Download NX 8.5

NX 8.5 is now available for download. The full product download is available on the Siemens PLM FTP Server for Windows (32 and 64-Bit), Linux (64-Bit), and Mac OS platforms.

Here’s how to download NX 8.5.

1.       You MUST have a valid WebKey account.
2.       In the browser’s URL – enter
a.       Enter your Webkey Username and Password
3.      In the Full Product Releases category, select “All Siemens PLM Products,” or the blue “Product Download” button.
a.       Select NX/Unigraphics to return a list of the available platforms of the new release.
b.      Expand the appropriate platform (Windows, Linux, Mad) to see a list of products and the links to the documentation
4.       Downloading NX 8.5 Software
a.       Right Click on NX 8.5.0 Product Link, Select Save Target As and save the file to your local destination
5.       Downloading NX 8.5 Documentation
a.       Expand the documentation link – right click on nx-ugdoc-8.5.0 and Save Target as to your local destination.

If you have any problems, you can access the What’s New help topic from GTAC with this link. Please feel free to direct any questions to the Ally PLM Technical Support team at

Gina Yeagley
Marketing Director
Ally PLM Solutions

Monday, October 15, 2012

Use IP address instead of server name in License file

I had a question on if you could use the IP Address instead of the server name in the license file as there was a DNS issue that could not be resolved quickly that would not allow them to use the server name.

So instead of the following:
Server MyServer Composite=456FACB67875 28000

You would use the following: 
Server Composite=456FACB67875 28000

Also, on the clients instead of the following:
UGS_LICENSE_SERVER with a value of 28000@MyServer

You would use the following:  
UGS_LICENSE_SERVER with a value of 28000@

However, on some servers, there is an issue with resolving locally.  The license file reread would fail.  To fix this do the following:
  1. On the server go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
  2. Open hosts with notepad
  3. Under the lines that start with pound signs on new line put in ipaddress servername Go through config services...browse to the license file and save the service.  Then, do the stop, start, and the reread will work.
  4. An example of the a hosts file is below.
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#          # source server
#              # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#       localhost
# ::1             localhost MyServer

Email with any questions.

Madison Rye
Application Engineering Manager
Ally PLM Solutions

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to add additional sold to on an existing webkey

Do you have several Siemens PLM Software products such as Solid Edge and FEMAP -- but don't see all your Sold To numbers when you log into the Siemens site? Here is how to add them so you get access to all the updates and information for all your products.

1. Go to → license management → current licenses

2. Once you log in with your WebKey look at the top left side for your Sold-To/Install 

3. You will see right under the S/T it says Add Sold-To/Install to WebKey, click that

4. click add a SoldTo/Install, there you will enter the S/T # and web access code.

Email with any questions.

Madison Rye
Application Engineering Manager
Ally PLM Solutions

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Save the Date: Solid Edge University 2013 Coming to Cincinnati!

Save the Date!
Join us for Solid Edge University 2013 in Cincinnati! 
June 24-27, 2013

Stay tuned for more details as they become available on the official Solid Edge University website.

Read some past posts about the recent Solid Edge University 2012 in Nashville and see the benefits of attending this great event for yourself.

What to expect at Solid Edge University 2013:

  • Technical training for your staff and the opportunity to interact directly with the Solid Edge development team and users from around the world. 
  • The first to witness the capabilities of Solid Edge ST6 - the most powerful version of Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology yet. 
  • A broad set of courses and presentations giving you valuable knowledge no matter what version of Solid Edge you are using today.
  • This event is open to both new and advanced users, or future users interested in seeing what the Solid Edge Community is all about. 

Some of the named topics at the event will include:

• Management update
• Introducing Solid Edge ST6
• Solid Edge ST6 - in depth
• Applying synchronous technology
• Assembly design
• Part modeling
• Sheet metal modeling
• Drafting
• Simulation
• Data management / Insight
• Tips and tricks
• Part lists
• Embedded client
• Academic program
• App ecosystem

...And many more!

Solid Edge. Design Better. 

Gina Yeagley
Marketing Director
Ally PLM Solutions

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ally PLM Welcomes Matt Johnson as Application Engineer

Ally PLM Application Engineer Matt Johnson

As we continue to grow at Ally PLM we are excited to welcome Matt Johnson as our newest Application Engineer.  Matt has worked as a Mechanical Designer at a single seat Solid Edge install and worked as Senior Designer at a 100 seat Solid Edge and Teamcenter Engineering install; this vast experience brings much value and expertise to our clients. Matt is very excited to join the Ally PLM team and eager to bring his knowledge and experience in Solid Edge and Teamcenter to support our customers.  Matt is also very dedicated to the Solid Edge community at large; working with other local Solid Edge users he is excited to mature and grow the Cincinnati area Solid Edge User Community.

Matt’s experience using Solid Edge started way back in 2000 when he began on Solid Edge Version 9. He is very passionate about Solid Edge and has even been involved the past 2 years in beta testing with Siemens PLM for Solid Edge ST4 and ST5. In addition to his Solid Edge knowledge, Matt also brings our clients over 5 years of Teamcenter Engineering user experience.  Matt’s experience in new product development is highlighted with strengths in top level master model creation, kinematic functioning assemblies, using Solid Edge to verify form, fit and function and also working under the regulatory requirements of aerospace and medical device industries.

Born into a military family, Matt spent much of his childhood moving throughout the states and even spent 3 years in Germany as his father served in the U.S. Army. At the end of elementary school Matt moved back to the states and has called Cincinnati home ever since. He is married with 2 children and expecting #3 on Thanksgiving of 2012. He is actively involved in the church community and serves at his local church on the missions & ministry board. Matt and his wife were recently licensed as foster parents in the State of Ohio and are excited about the opportunity to host a child in need. In his free time, Matt can be found enjoying the outdoors – hunting and fishing. Matt also noted that “win or lose, I always support the Bengals.”

Gina Yeagley
Marketing Director
Ally PLM Solutions

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tip for larger companies with Solid Edge floating licenses

At larger locations with floating licenses, it may be easier to create an environment variable to point to the server instead of copying the license file to the C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST(yourversion)\Program directory on every machine.

Here's how...

  • This would be a system environment variable (start…right click on computer…advanced system settings…environment variables…system variables…new). 
  • The variable for Solid Edge version ST3 (103) and lower versions is SEDEMON_LICENSE_FILE. The variable for Solid Edge version ST4 and above is SELMD_LICENSE_FILE. 
  • The value is portnumber@servername where port number is the same as in the license file typically 27001 and the servername is the name of the computer or server where the licensing is located. 
  • Remove all license files from the Preferences directory in the Solid Edge Installation Directory as Solid Edge will look at any license file first and then only if it does not see one will it second look for the environment variable.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Madison Rye
Application Engineering Manager
Ally PLM Solutions

Monday, October 1, 2012

Siemens PLM grants $427 million in software to University of Louisville

Following the recent grant to West Virginia University in the summer, The Siemens PLM GO PLM™ Initiative has generously granted another $427 million dollars in software to the University of Louisville. Engineering students will have the ability to become more “real-world job ready.” The software will help students learn design, simulation, tooling, and the manufacturing process. "What we have not been able do to is afford software of this type because it takes decades of work and a lot of engineering knowledge that only really large companies have available,” said J.B. Speed School Dean Neville Pinto. Engineering students at University of Louisville can expect to gain real-world engineering knowledge on top of their acquired knowledge during their academic tenure. The university has acknowledged the need for software for a long time. With this new software implementation, students will have a competitive edge upon graduation from University of Louisville. “They can step into an industry and essentially contribute from day one,” Pinto said.

The software was installed in late August and students are using it this semester.
Read the press release from University of Louisville here.

Gina Yeagley
Marketing Director
Ally PLM Solutions

Find out what version your Solid Edge files are

If you want to crawl a directory and find out what version your Solid Edge files are…

1) Go to Windows Start Menu → All programs solid edge → data prep tools → analyze
2) Click analyze files from specified folder and browse to your top level folder
3) Click ok
4) When the spreadsheet comes up go to the SE Data Prep Tab at the top and click Get SE Version
5) After it is finished scroll over to the column Last Saved Version
6) Contact with any questions

Madison Rye
Application Engineering Manager
Ally PLM Solutions