Activating a Network License (Multi-User)

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Activating a Network License (Multi-User)

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Once you’ve installed your Autodesk software, you’ll need to activate the license. Autodesk currently has three license types available, they are:

In this post, we’ll discuss the Network Activation process.

When you launch your product, for the first time, you’ll notice the initial activation dialog box, in this example, we’re using AutoCAD.

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If your license is a Network License, you’ll use the Use a Network License option.

specifylicenseserver

Here you’ll choose your network license type:

  • Single License Server
    • One License Server with a single license file.
  • Redundant License Server
    • Multiple License Servers with a single license file on each server. Each license file is identical in terms of the licenses available. This provides a saftey measure in case one or more license servers become unavailable. The product will obtain a license from a server it can connect to.
  • Distributed License Server
    • Multiple License Servers with a single license file on each server. Each license file has a fraction of the total available licenses you own. For instance, if your company has multiple locations, you may have license servers at each location. You may choose to split up the total number of licenses between those locations, so that each site has a local server to serve the users at that site.

You’ll enter the License Server name(s) here and pick Done. If the License Server is configured with the appropriate license file and there is a license available, the product will obtain it’s license from that server and you are now able to use the product.