Quick Start Guide: Installing ANSYS Electronics Desktop for Research via CADpass R20

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This quick start guide is provided to help subscribers install and run Electronics Desktop (EDT) CAD modules in the Campus Solutions bundle. These instructions have been tested on Windows 10, 64-bit operating system.

Prerequisites for Installing ANSYS with CMC License Management System (LMS)

Before you begin with this installation, you must:

  • Register with CMC Microsystems at
  • Faculty supervisors must also register, and can do so through the CMC subscription page at
  • Complete all required agreements for ANSYS software use, which may be obtained at
  • Have administrator privileges for workstations on which this software will be installed
  • 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 administratorcmcmgrrootstcmgrsupersysadmuserownerstudent, guest, temp, and system

System Requirements

The technical staff at ANSYS provide the following recommendations 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 Products Features table.

Note: Not all modules are available for the supported operating systems (LINUX and Windows). Refer to the vendor’s recommendations for details.

Setting up CADpass R20 for Use with ANSYS EDT

CADpass R20 is a CMC Microsystems’ license access client and is used by subscribers across Canada to connect to our secure license server(s).

  1. Follow the instructions in the quick start guide to download and install CADpass R20.
  2. Start CADpass R20 and then log in using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password.
  3. When the CAD access window is displayed, double-click ANSYS.
    A red checkmark is displayed to the left of the ANSYS entry, as shown in Figure 1. Leave this checked while you are using the software.

Figure 1: ANSYS (Research) Entry in CADpass R20 with a License Selected

Obtaining the Software

To obtain the latest ANSYS software from CMC Microsystems:

  1. Navigate to the ANSYS download site on the CMC Microsystems website here:
  2. Choose the appropriate version for your operating system and download the installation file archive to your workstation.

Installing the Software

You need to install the following software:

  • ANSYS Electronics Desktop (EDT) software

Before installing the ANSYS software:

  1. Start CADpass R20 and log in using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password.
  2. Double-click ANSYS (Research).
  3. Download the installer archive.
  4. Extract the archive into a separate temporary folder.

To Install ANSYS Software

  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 2.

Figure 2: Choose Install Electromagnetics Suite

  1. In the pop-up dialogue, 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 that you understand your obligations. Contact if you have questions about these obligations. If you agree to the terms, click Yes.
  3. In the pop-up dialogue, choose your installation directory and click Next.
  4. Choose a default 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.
    Tip: For simplicity, you can click No, and return to the integration step at a later time.
  7. In the following window, you are prompted for your license location. Choose I want to specify a license server and click Next.
  8. Enter the information for your particular license configuration: TCP/IP port number is 6624 and Server 1 is
  9. To complete the rest of the installation process, click Next.
    When the executable has completed its task, the dialogue InstallShield Wizard Complete appears.
  10. Click Finish.

You may choose to Install Layout Integrations for ECAD now if you want to use ANSYS Electronics Desktop with other vendors’ CAD software. This is optional.

To Test Your ANSYS EDT Installation

  1. Ensure that you have CADpass R20 running and that you have a checkmark next to the ANSYS Campus Solutions entry, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Select the Desktop from the main Windows menu. For example Start menu | All programs | ANSYS EM Suite 2020 Rx | ANSYS Electronics Desktop 2020 Rx. Figure 3 shows the Electronics Desktop running Maxwell3D.

Figure 3: 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 from earlier ANSYS installations.

  • Some anti-virus programs may interfere with the ANSYS installer. If you find that you cannot complete this installation, shut off your anti-virus programs temporarily (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Anti-Virus Programs May Interfere With the ANSYS Installer

  • Firewall programs may block ANSYS software access to the Internet. This will prevent you from using the online tutorial and help file features. Make sure that you give permission for the software to communicate with the ANSYS website (Figure 5).

Figure 5: Firewall Programs May Prevent ANSYS Software From Reaching Online Tutorial and Help Files

If you follow these instructions and cannot start one the suite, open a support case with CMC Microsystems’ support staff.

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 Electronics Desktop, you must set this license feature to Pool. For example, under the Electronics Desktop 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 License Feature Selection

  • 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. Electronics Desktop/HFSS or SIwave) is started by one of our subscribers, this module can be run on up to 4 cores without asking for any additional license features. Specifically, if your local workstation has a multi-core processor, you may set your simulation to call on up to 4 of those cores for computations.
    • The license file provided to CMC Microsystems by ANSYS includes additional (HPC) license features for users wishing to run simulations on more than 4 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 license management allows our users across Canadian universities to share one large pool of HPC licenses 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. Look at the report here to see if this is the case. If this is not the case, then contact our office for support.
    • As of January 2019, ANSYS licensing staff has combined certain tool license features into one umbrella feature (electronics_desktop). If you experience an error indicating a feature is not found in this license file, set your legacy license search to ‘False’, as in Figure 7.

Figure 7: Set Legacy Licensing variables to ‘False’

  • The ACT feature in ANSYS 17.x and later is not included for LINUX installations, though it performs properly for Windows installations, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8: The ANSYS ACT Page Starts from the Main Electronics Desktop GUI in Windows

References and Resources to Get You Started

  • ANSYS has provided many useful tutorials with their software, under their respective Help menus. There are also a number of online training modules and “Getting Started…” guides included with both suites. For other 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”, have a look here.
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