Clarifying License Setup for Siemens NX 8.5 Installation (University of Maryland)

The University of Maryland was recently given a $750 million software grant for the popular Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. After reading the article, I decided to install the software.

My experience should primarily help UMD students (who may legally download the software after logging in to the UMD portal), though I found a version of my solution online.

My installation of Siemens NX occurred at my home on my Windows 7 64-bit OS. The installation was straightforward, but I received a licensing error when attempting to run NX 8.5.

The instructions provided by UMD, titled “Siemens NX Windows Requirements and Instructions,” tell users to provide license information given in the document. Then, users are instructed to run the licensing options tool, selected through the path: “Start -> Siemens NX 8.5-> NX Licensing Tools->Licensing Options,” except that my path ended with “License Options.” Same difference.

The next step is to “add both the listed bundles.” I could not find the bundles that were listed in the document. I did, however, find a solution at a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute website.

Scroll down to Common Errors with NX 8.0, to error 11), which states “When I open License Options, there is no bundle listed.” They state that there are two options for why this is happening:

  • a) ” You may have lost connection to the RPI network, otherwise see step B.”
  • b) “To fix, right select on My Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings. Select Advanced > Environment Variables. Under System Variables, click New. For Variable name type UGS_LICENSE_BUNDLE. For the Variable value type: ACD30; ACD31”

I assumed my network was working fine, and I followed the instructions for b). Using the comparable bundles listed in the “Siemens NX Windows Requirements and Instructions” (which I will not list here for legal reasons)  I was able to get NX to start successfully. I did not have to restart after adding my environment variables.

Thanks to RPI for documenting this issue. Hopefully UMD includes an update to their instructions. Otherwise, I hope that this post helps UMD students.