Quick Start Guide: ANSYS Electromagnetics AEDT for Campus Solutions, Releases 19.x

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    Note: This Quick Start Guide is provided to help subscribers with CAD modules in the ANSYS Campus Solutions bundle. It refers only to the Electromagnetics suite. These instructions are for a Windows 10, 64-bit operating system, and are intended for new subscribers who have never installed ANSYS CAD tools before.


    Prerequisites for Installing the Campus Solutions' Bundle with CMC License Management System (LMS)

    Before you begin with this installation, you must:

    • Register with CMC Microsystems. Students and faculty can register with CMC at: https://www.cmc.ca/en/MyAccount/GetAccount.aspx?ReturnUrl=/en/Search/SearchAll.aspx
    • Have the appropriate level of subscription (Designer or Prototyping) if you are faculty, or you must belong to a research group supervised by an appropriately subscribed faculty member. Faculty can subscribe through the CMC subscription page at: Subscription | CMC Microsystems.
    • Purchase an access token to the ANSYS Campus Solutions bundle. For academic use, only faculty can purchase access tokens through CMC at: https://www.cmc.ca/WhatWeOffer/Products/CMC-00200-04847.aspx.
    • Have a unique login name (LINUX or Windows) that does not contain a blank space. The following are examples of unacceptable login names: admin or administrator, cmcmgr, root, stcmgr, super, sysadm, user, owner, student, guest, temp, and system.


    System Requirements

    The following link provides recommendations from the technical staff at ANSYS for making the best use of their software, including the operating system, graphics card, CPU, and other hardware.


    For a list of the features in this bundle, see the ANSYS Academic Product Features Matrix and Overview. To see if your operating system will run these tools, please look through the information on the ANSYS website.


    Note: Not all modules are available for the supported operating systems (LINUX and Windows), as shown in Table 1.


    Table 1: General Feature List for the ANSYS Electromagnetics AEDT 19.0 Bundle

    Academic High-Performance Computing

    (HPC) Capability

    Electromagnetics Suite: HFSS, Q3D Extractor,

    SIwave, Maxwell,Savant, CAD import utilities

    Electromagnetics Suite: Simplorer, PExprt

    Windows 7 or 10, 64-bit,

    Professional and Enterprise ;

    Windows Server 2012 R2,

    Standard Edition

    Red Hat LINUX 6.8/9 or 7.2/3, 64-bit;

    CentOS 7.3, 64-bit


      Feature is available in this operating system.


    Setting Up CADpass for Use With ANSYS' CAD Suite


    1. If you do not have the CMC Microsystems CADpass client loaded onto your workstation, follow the instructions in the CADpass Quickstart Guide.

    CADpass is the CMC Microsystems' license access client, and is used by subscribers across Canada to connect to the secure license server(s).



    CADpass: A note about the Tunneling Driver: Some of our CAD tools require a secondary piece of software to be installed from our CADpass application. It is called an "IP Tunneling Driver". This is NOT necessary for the ANSYS suites, yet is important for some of the other tools. If one of your subscription CAD tools requires this driver to run properly, then you must set up all of your subscription CAD tools in the same way (using the specific licence server name instead of the generic 'localhost').


    The instructions in this guide are based on the assumption that your computer has the tunneling driver installed. See our CADpass Quickstart Guide for steps to find this driver on your computer.



    1. Start CADpass, and then log in using your CMC login User name and Password, as shown in Figure 1.


    Figure 1:  CADpass Login Window


    1. When the CAD access window is displayed, double click the icon ANSYS.

    You can also right click the icon and select Start.  A dialog is displayed, and a green check mark is displayed to the left of the icon, as shown in Figure 2.


        Figure 2: ANSYS Icon in CADpass with a License Selected

    Obtaining the ANSYS Software

    To obtain the latest ANSYS software from CMC Microsystems:

    1. Navigate to the ANSYS download site on the CMC Microsystems website at ANSYS Campus Solutions downloads .
    2. Choose the appropriate version for your operating system.


    There are two files to download for the complete Windows Campus Solutions bundle. See Table 2.


    Table 2: Files Available for Download (Current ANSYS Campus Solutions Release)

    File Name, Type
    Download Size (approx.)
    Archive/Image Contents
    ELECTRONICS_19x_WINX64.zip4.5 GBThis ZIP archive contains ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite: HFSS, Q3DExtractor, SIwave, Simplorer
    v19x_Electronics_Local_Help.zip1.6 GBContains the help manuals and tutorials for the Electromagnetics CAD modules


    Installing the ANSYS Software

    You need to install the following software:

    • ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite


    Before installing the ANSYS software:

    1. Start CADpass from http://www.cmc.ca/en/WhatWeOffer/Design/CADpass.aspx.
      1. Log in to CADpass with your CMC User name and Password.
      2. Double click the icon ANSYS License Access.
    2. Download the ANSYS 19.x files.
    3. Extract each *.zip image into a separate temporary folder.

    The total space required for the archives and extracted files is about 18 GB.


    If you do not have an extraction program on your workstation, you can use the free 7-zip utility, which can be found here: 7-Zip.


    To install the ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite (HFSS, Q3D Extractor, SIwave, Simplorer, PExprt, Maxwell):

    1. In the extracted Electronics directory, double-click autorun.exe.
    2. In the window that is displayed, click Install Electromagnetics Suite, as shown in Figure 3.


    Figure 3: Choose Install Electromagnetics Suite


    1. In the following pop-up, you are prompted to close all Windows programs before starting the installation. Close the programs and click Next.
    2. At this point, you are prompted to read the license agreement carefully to ensure you understand your obligations. Contact CMC if you have questions about these obligations. If you agree to the terms, click Yes.
    3. In the proceeding pop-up, select your installation directory and click Next.
    4. Choose a temporary directory for simulation work, either solo or group and click Next.
    5. Choose a location for common libraries for individual or group material and click Next.
    6. You can choose to integrate ANSYS Electromagnetics' Suite with ANSYS Multiphysics CAD tools by clicking Yes.

    For simplicity, you can click No, and return to the integration step at a later time.

    1. In the following window, you are prompted for your license location. Choose I want to specify a license server and click Next.
    2. Enter the information for your particular license, as shown in Figure 4. It is  the same information as above.
    3. Click Next to continue.


    Figure 4: The Port Number and License Server Address for ANSYS' Electromagnetics Suite


    1. Click Next to complete the rest of the installation process.
      When the executable has completed its task, the dialog InstallShield Wizard Complete appears, as shown in Figure 5.



    Figure 5: Adding the Remote Simulation Manager Software at This Point in Your Installation


    1. If you plan to run simulations on a remote high-performance computing platform, you may want to check the box Yes, launch the RSM installation now and register ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite, as shown in Figure 5.
    2. Click Finish.


    To Test your ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite CAD installation:

    1. Ensure that you have CADpass running and that you have a green check mark next to the ANSYS Campus Solutions icon, as shown in Figure 2. Select the Desktop from the main Windows menu. For example:

    Start menu | All programs | ANSYS Electromagnetics | Electromagnetics Suite 19.x | ANSYS Electronics Desktop 2018.x.

    Figure 6 shows the Electronics Desktop running Maxwell3D.



    Figure 6: Test your Electromagnetics Suite Installation by Starting the Electronics Desktop


    Troubleshooting Your Installation

    The following suggestions are based upon difficulties some of our subscribers have had when upgrading their workstations to the Campus Solutions CAD bundle from earlier ANSYS installations.


    ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite: When entering port and server information, entering the format port@server on one line can cause license source errors. Review the following document for an explanation of the error and instructions on how to resolve it.


    How to Modify your Settings for ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite 15.0 or 17.0


    If you follow these instructions and cannot start one or both of the suites, open a support case with CMC Microsystems.


    Other Tricks and Tips

    • As of ANSYS 17.2, Windows release: You may run SpaceClaim 3D Solid Modeller and simultaneously import your layout into the ANSYS Electronics Desktop.
    • To make use of the high-performance computing (HPC) feature in ANSYS 17.x Electronics Desktop, you must set this licence feature to Pool. For example, under the menu:

    Tools | Options | HPC and Analysis Options select the tab marked Options and click the entry called HPC License. Click the Value cell and change it to Pool, as shown in Figure 6.


    Figure 6: The HPC licence feature change.


    • For high-performance computing (HPC) applications, the ANSYS Campus Solutions bundle is designed to work as follows:


    Each time one of the main modules (e.g. Fluent, CFX or Electronics Desktop/HFSS) is started by one of our subscribers, this module can be run on up to 16 cores without asking for any additional licence features. Specifically, if your local workstation has a multi-core processor, you may set your simulation to call on up to 16 of those cores for computations.


    The licence file provided to CMC Microsystems by ANSYS includes additional (HPC) licence features for users wishing to run simulations on more than 16 cores. Each feature is equal to one (1) additional core. When a simulation is started, the ANSYS module will check out as many features as it can to fill the user's HPC request, and will release these features when the simulation is finished. In this way, ANSYS licence management allows CNDN users across Canadian universities to share one large pool of HPC licences with each other.


    If you find that you are experiencing denials when attempting multi-core simulations, your token(s) may be in use by another member of your group. Please look at the report here to see if this is the case. If this is not the case, then please contact our office for support.


    • The ACT feature in ANSYS 17.x and later does not start for LINUX installations, though it performs properly for Windows installations, as shown in Figure 7. This discrepancy is to be addressed in a future CAD release.


    Figure 7: The ANSYS ACT GUI starts from the main Workbench GUI in Windows


    References and Resources to Get You Started


    ANSYS has provided many useful tutorials with their software. For examples and hints, have a look through the ANSYS Resource Library located here: Resource Library


    For additional help, our student subscribers are entitled to browse the ANSYS Academic support resources.


    For specific help learning how to use ANSYS "SpaceClaim", please have a look here.


    There are a number of online training modules and "Getting Started..." guides included with both suites, under their respective Help menus.