Simcenter Testing Solutions Simcenter Testlab 2306: Download and Install Instructions

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Simcenter Testlab 2306: Download and Install Instructions

This article covers how to download and install  Simcenter Testlab 2306 software  .  Simcenter Testlab 2306 was released in July of 2023.

Article contents: 
1.    Downloading the Simcenter Testlab software
2.    Installing the License Server
3.    Installing the Simcenter Testlab software
3.1.    Preparing Installation
3.2.    Installing Prerequisites
3.3.    Installing Hardware Diagnostics
3.4.    Installing Simcenter Testlab
3.5.    Installing Patch 10788999
4.    Download and Installation of 1D and 3D Drivers
4.1.    Downloading Drivers
4.2.    Installing Drivers

1. Downloading the Simcenter Testlab Software

Downloading Simcenter Testlab 2306 (video).png
Video: Simcenter Testlab 2306 Download

First download the software from the Siemens Support Center:  
Logging into the Support Center
  • Click on "Simcenter Testing Solutions" under the "Downloads" dropdown menu as shown below:
Locating Simcenter Testing Solutions
  • Click on the "Simcenter Testlab 2306" release from the available options.  If it does not appear, select "All Versions" or "Simcenter Testlab 2306" from the "Select a Version" dropdown menu.
Locating the Simcenter 2306 Downloads
  • Click on "Simcenter Testlab 2306" from the tree on the left.  Download the "Simcenter Testlab 2306.iso" file, along with the "Simcenter Testlab 2306 Patch" file.
Downloading the 2306 iso file and the zipped Patch 10788999

A ISO file is a single file that contains all the installation files.  An ISO file is an "Image" file that can be burned to a DVD if desired.  However, it is not necessary to burn it to a DVD to install it.  It can be installed directly from the ISO file on a PC.  See the instructions below for how to do this.

More information about ISO files can be found here:

2. Installing the License Server

If installing Simcenter Testlab on a network with access to a central license server, it is not necessary to install the License Server on the local machine.  Skip ahead to section 3.

If the license will be local to the PC, the license server software needs to be installed.  See the article Simcenter Testlab: RLM License Server 15.1 Installation and Setup for more information.

3. Installing the Simcenter Testlab Software

Installing Simcenter Testlab 2306
Video: Simcenter Testlab 2306 Installation

After the software has been downloaded, the installation can start.

3.1 Preparing Installation

Using the ISO file in Windows file explorer:

To extract the installation files from the ISO file:
  • In Windows 10 or Windows 11, right click on the iso file and select Mount. 
  • In Windows 7, right click on the iso file and unzip it using WinZip, 7zip, or another extracting software.
After extracting or mounting the files, several directories and an "autorun.exe" file should be available as shown below.

Right click on the file that says “Autorun.exe,” and select “Run as Administrator.” You need full administrator rights on your computer to install.
Running autorun.exe as administrator
 The main installation menu should appear. Select the top option, “Install Simcenter Testlab,” to begin the installation. 
The main Testlab Installation window
    If a popup window appears that says some prerequisites are needed to run the software, click next until you reach the screen prompting you to install the Simcenter Configuration and Unit System 3.2.

    The prerequisite step checks if certain libraries and other needed programs are present on the computer for Simcenter Testlab to run successfully.
    • Click "Next" to begin the installation.
    The Prerequisites Setup Wizard
    • Click “Next” through the installation to choose all default settings.
    • Click “Install” to install the Simcenter Configuration and Unit System 3.2.
    • Click “Finish” on the last screen to move to the next part of the Simcenter Testlab installation.

    3.3 Installing Hardware Diagnostics

    The pop-up window for the Simcenter Hardware Diagnostics will come up. This utility is used to scan Simcenter SCADAS hardware and make a diagnostic report.
    • Click "Next" to start the installation.
    The Hardware Diagnostics Wizard
    • Click “Next” through the installation to choose all default settings, until you reach a window asking if you want to install the Simcenter SCADAS XS driver. Check this box. This will ensure proper installation of the XS driver for current or future use. Select next.
    Selecting the SCADAS XS driver
    • On the next screen, keep the default option to enable the exceptions to the Windows firewall during the installation. Select "Next."
    Enabling Firewall Exceptions
    • Select "Install" to begin the installation of the Simcenter Hardware Diagnostics; once complete, click on "Finish" to move on to the installation of Simcenter Testlab.

    3.4 Installing Simcenter Testlab

    Now the main part of Simcenter Testlab will be installed.
    • Click “Next” through the installation to choose all default settings.
    Main window of the 2306 Installation Wizard

    Certain functionalities of Simcenter Testlab use the Microsoft ODBC driver; since the 2306 release is 64-bit, these features may not work if the 32-bit version of the Microsoft ODBC driver is installed.  To determine how or whether to switch drivers, please refer to the article Simcenter Testlab 2306 - Resolving ODBC data source issues caused by Microsoft Access Database Engine installation.
    Simcenter Testlab features that require the 64-bit ODBC driver

    When coming to the screen asking to fill in the license file or the license server, select the box “Use a license server.”
    • Local License Server: If using a local license (node-locked or dongle license), type @localhost into the space provided.
    • Network License Server: If using a network license, type in the server name after @localhost separated by a semicolon. The default port is 5053, which is already considered in the default @localhost option.
    • If the IT department has a specialized port number for Simcenter Testlab software, add it to the server name (Example: portnumber@server or portnumber@localhost).
    • Select "Next."
    Selecting the Licensing Server
    • On the next screen, choose Desktop – Standard or Desktop – Advanced based on the licenses on your sold-to. These features can be found in your license file. Click "Next."
    Selecting a version of Desktop
    • Select "Install" to begin the installation; once the Simcenter Testlab installation is complete, click "Finish."

    Once Simcenter TestLab is installed, you will need to install the RLM License Server. The Simcenter Testlab: RLM License Server 15.1 Installation and Setup is covered in a separate article.

    3.5. Installing Patch 10788999

    To avoid unintentional data loss in Testlab Neo, all Simcenter Testlab users are recommended to install Patch 10788999 on top of their existing Simcenter 2306 installation; a more detailed explanation and patch installation walkthrough are provided in the Important patch 10788999 to be installed on all Simcenter Testlab 2306 installations article.

    Using the "Simcenter Testlab 2306 Patch" file downloaded from the Software Center, right click on the file and extract the contents from the zipped folder.
    Extracting Patch 10788999

    Browse into the extracted contents and locate the "Patch 10788999 for Simcenter Testlab setup.exe" file, and run as administrator, then follow the installation prompts.
    Running Patch 10788999 as adminstrator
    The installation wizard for Patch 10788999
    4. Download and Installation of the 1D and 3D Drivers

    Image link to the video walkthrough for installing the 1D and 3D drivers.
    Video: Simcenter Testlab Driver Download and Installation

    To utilize Simcenter Nastran, Simcenter 3D data, or Simcenter Amesim data in Simcenter Testlab, the following drivers need to be installed:

    4.1 Downloading Drivers

    In the Simcenter Testlab download section (see first section if needed) select "Simcenter Testlab Drivers" from the pulldown.
    Selecting the 2306 drivers
    • The option to download Simcenter 3D and Amesim Drivers will appear. To begin the download, simply click on the desired driver.
    Selecting a driver to install

    The Simcenter 3D Driver allows Nastran and other simulation mode shape and FRF files to be viewed in Simcenter Testlab.  See the knowledge article Nastran and Test: Compare Mode Shapes and FRFs for more information.

    The Simcenter Amesim Driver allows Simcenter Amesim models to be viewed and processed in Simcenter Testlab.  See the knowledge article Accessing Simcenter Amesim Models in Simcenter Testlab for more information.
    • Both the 1D and 3D .zip files will contain four files. Before beginning the install, make sure to extract the .zip folder to a safe location.
    Extracting the driver installer from the .zip file
    • Right click and run “Simcenter Driver Setup” for the desired driver as an administrator.
    Running the driver setup as administrator
    • The Simcenter Driver Setup will open. Click “Next” through the installation to choose all default settings.
    The driver installation wizard
    • Click “Install” once all default settings are selected.
    • Once completed, select “Finish”.
    The driver installation wizard

    Questions or issues? Please contact Siemens Support Center at the appropriate phone number listed on and have your sold-to number (sold-to is in license file, or choose Help -> About Simcenter Testlab from the software interface). The phone number for North America is 1-800-955-0000.

    See Simcenter Testlab: RLM License Server 15.1 Installation and Setup for information on how to install the RLM license server and set up your Testlab license file to complete the Testlab software setup.

    See Which files should I download for Simcenter Testlab 2306 for more information on the files and other product components available in the download area of Simcenter Testlab 2306.

    Have new Simcenter SCADAS hardware?  Check out the articles What’s in the box? Getting Started with Simcenter SCADAS and Getting Started with Simcenter Testlab.

    Other Simcenter Testlab Installation Resources:

    KB Article ID# KB000121041_EN_US



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