Might be that solid edge uses the registry, which can be configured to have precedence over the environment variable depending on the license server release.
Have you used license borrowing with solid edge lately?
What is the syslog telling you about how the license server information is collected?
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after running lmpath to add path to ug server, everything worked peachy.
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