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Installing additional seats for a network license

The network license for SketchUp Pro 2015 and newer versions has changed significantly from previous versions, requiring a networked server to authenticate and issue licenses. If you're installing SketchUp on a new computer you only need to apply the license and it will handle management directly.

To install additional seats for your SketchUp Pro network license, you must have your email with the new serial number that covers the increased number of seats.

  1. On a local workstation that has SketchUp installed, start SketchUp.
  2. If you are going to install the license file in the same folder on your network, make sure you know that location:
    1. Open the "Help" menu, point to "License," and then click "License Info."
    2. Make a note of the location of the license file folder.
  3. Open the "Help" menu, point to "License," and then click "Unset Network License File."
  4. Open the email that contains your SketchUp Pro license information, copy the entire contents of the email, and paste it into the Authorization form.
  5. Click "OK."
  6. A Browse for Folder dialog box opens. You can install the new network license in the existing license folder or in a new location. Browse to the folder you want to use, and then click "OK." This creates a new license file named SketchUp#.lf for the increased number of seats.
  7. To update the other existing SketchUp workstations:
    • If you installed the license file in the existing license folder, you don't need to do anything else; all the other existing SketchUp workstations will now connect to the new license file.
    • If you installed the license file in a new location:
      1. Delete any other older SketchUp#.lf from any server other than the new server; however, do not delete the SketchUp#.lf file from any workstation.
      2. Make a copy of the new server.dat file on the local workstation, and paste it into the C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp #\ folder on all of your other SketchUp workstations.
  8. There are two ways to authorize any new SketchUp workstations:
    • Copy the server.dat file form the local workstation to the new workstations:
      1. Copy the server.dat file on the original local workstation to a portable media like a jump drive.
      2. Install SketchUp on each of the new workstations, but don't start it.
      3. On each of the other workstations, paste the server.dat file into the SketchUp Program Files folder (for SketchUp Pro: C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp #\).
    • Point the other workstations to the license file:
      1. Install SketchUp on each of the other workstations.
      2. On each workstation, start SketchUp, and then click "Continue."
      3. In SketchUp, open the "Help" menu, point to "License," and then click "Set Network License File."
      4. Point to the SketchUp#.lf file in the license folder on the server.

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