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  • VERSION 4.3b

    Installation Guide

    Comsol Multiphysics

  • C o n t a c t I n f o r m a t i o nVisit the Contact Us page at www.comsol.com/contact to submit general inquiries, contact

    Technical Support, or search for an address and phone number. You can also visit the Wordwide

    Sales Offices page at www.comsol.com/contact/offices for address and contact information.

    If you need to contact Support, an online request form is located at the COMSOL Access page at

    www.comsol.com/support/case.

    Other useful links include:

    Support Center: www.comsol.com/support

    Download COMSOL: www.comsol.com/support/download

    Product Updates: www.comsol.com/support/updates

    COMSOL Community: www.comsol.com/community

    Events: www.comsol.com/events

    COMSOL Video Center: www.comsol.com/video

    Support Knowledge Base: www.comsol.com/support/knowledgebase

    Part No. CM010004

    C O M S O L I n s t a l l a t i o n G u i d e 19982013 COMSOL

    Protected by U.S. Patents 7,519,518; 7,596,474; and 7,623,991. Patents pending.

    This Documentation and the Programs described herein are furnished under the COMSOL Software License Agreement (www.comsol.com/sla) and may be used or copied only under the terms of the license agreement.

    COMSOL, COMSOL Multiphysics, Capture the Concept, COMSOL Desktop, and LiveLink are either registered trademarks or trademarks of COMSOL AB. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners, and COMSOLAB and its subsidiaries and products are not affiliated with, endorsed by, sponsored by, or supported by those trademark owners. For a list of such trademark owners, see www.comsol.com/tm.

    Version: May 2013 COMSOL 4.3b

  • Contents

    Before you Begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    Installation Media Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    Prev

    Soft

    Lice

    Lice

    CO

    Installing

    Insta

    Insta

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    Run

    Rem

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    Prod

    Live

    Live

    Live

    Live | i

    ious Installations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    ware License Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    nse Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    nse Management Tools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    MSOL Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    on Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    llation Over the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    llation from Downloaded DVD Image. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    llation from a DVD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    llation from a USB Flash Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    ning the COMSOL Installer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    oving (Uninstalling) the COMSOL Installation . . . . . . . 25

    lling Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

    omated Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    uct Updates and Model Library Update . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Link fo r Exce l Installations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Link fo r So l idWor ks: Add-In for SolidWorks . . . . . 30

    Link fo r Inventor: Add-in for Autodesk Inventor . . 30

    Link fo r AutoC AD Installations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

  • ii |

    LiveLink fo r Pro/ENGINEER: Changing the Installation Path 31

    LiveLink fo r Creo Par ametr ic : Changing the Installation Path 32

    LiveLink fo r So l id Edge: Add-in for Solid Edge. . . . . . . 33

    LiveLink fo r SpaceCla im: Add-in for SpaceClaim. . . . . 33

    Cluster Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

    License

    Wh

    Syst

    Flex

    Flex

    The

    Insta

    Star

    Veri

    Star

    Cha

    Trou

    Running

    The

    Run

    Star

    Crea

    Run

    RunManager Installation on Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    at is the FlexNet License Manager?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    em Requirements for the FlexNet License Manager . 36

    Net License Manager Software Components. . . . . . . 36

    Net License Manager Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

    License File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    lling the License Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

    ting the License Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    fying that the License Manager is Running . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    ting COMSOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    nging the License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    bleshooting License Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    COMSOL on Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

    COMSOL Folder on The Windows Start Menu . . . . . 46

    ning COMSOL on Windows 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

    ting COMSOL for a Classkit License. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    ting Desktop Shortcuts Manually . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    ning COMSOL in Client-Server Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    ning COMSOL in Batch Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

  • Running COMSOL on Multicore Computers. . . . . . . . . . . . 51

    Running COMSOL on Clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

    Running COMSOL on the Cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

    Running COMSOL with MATLAB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

    Installing on Mac OS X. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    Insta

    Insta

    Star

    Insta

    Run

    Rem

    Aut

    Prod

    Cha

    License

    Flex

    Flex

    The

    Insta

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    Trou | iii

    llation Over the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    llation from Downloaded DVD Image. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

    ting the Installer from DVD or DVD Image . . . . . . . . . . 61

    llation from USB Flash Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

    ning The COMSOL Installer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

    oving (Uninstalling) the COMSOL Installation . . . . . . . 63

    omated Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

    uct Updates and Model Library Update . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

    nging the Path to the MATLAB Installation . . . . . . . . . 64

    Manager Installation on Mac OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    Net License Manager Software Components . . . . . . . . 65

    Net License Manager Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    License File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

    lling the License Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

    ting the License Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

    fying that the License Manager is Running . . . . . . . . . . . 68

    ting COMSOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

    nging the License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

    bleshooting License Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

  • iv |

    Running COMSOL on Mac OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    The COMSOL Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    Running COMSOL from a Terminal Window . . . . . . . . . . . 71

    Running COMSOL in Client-Server Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

    Running COMSOL in Batch Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

    Run

    Run

    Run

    Installing

    Insta

    Star

    Insta

    Insta

    Run

    We

    Rem

    Auto

    Prod

    Cha

    Clus

    License

    Flex

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    Thening COMSOL on Multicore Computers. . . . . . . . . . . . 73

    ning COMSOL on Clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

    ning COMSOL on the Cloud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

    on Linux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

    llation from Downloaded DVD Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

    ting the Installer from Downloaded DVD Image. . . . . . 79

    llation from DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

    llation from USB Flash Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

    ning The COMSOL Installer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

    b Browser for Viewing the Documentation . . . . . . . . . . 82

    oving (Uninstalling) the COMSOL Installation . . . . . . . 82

    mated Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

    uct Updates and Model Library Update . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

    nging the Path to the MATLAB Installation . . . . . . . . . 83

    ter Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

    Manager Installation on Linux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

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