Category Archives: Installation

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Change an Autodesk Product from Network to Stand-Alone or Stand-Alone to Network

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To change a product which has already been installed from network to stand-alone, or stand-alone to network – you’ll modify the file with Notepad. Ensure the product you wish to modify is closed.

To find the appropriate file for your application, you’ll start with C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\CLM\LGS\

From there, you’ll be looking for the product version first, and then the key.

The folder names are structured so that the product key comes first, and underscore, and then the version. It will look like this:


That happens to be Autodesk Vault Professional 2019. In that folder, there is an file. Select it, right-click on it, and pick Open With…

Select Notepad from the list of options.

Change the file. If it’s a network currently, you’ll see _NETWORK. You want that to be stand-alone? Change it to _STANDALONE

If it already says _STANDALONE and you want it to be a network license, you’ll change it _NETWORK

Save the file.

Launch the product. It should now take you through the process (network or stand-alone) for obtaining a license for your product.

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Basic Autodesk Subscription Software Tips and Reminders

Autodesk is moving its software from a perpetual license to a subscription based license.  With this change are a couple of items a Contract Coordinator or Software Coordinator needs to be aware of when installing the software.

A user must be assigned for the software you wish to install on their computer.  This is done with a company email address usually.  Once you have set up a user, you can then assign them the software they will need.  With AEC Collections, you can assign certain software or the whole collection.  The user will get a confirmation email stating they have been assigned access to the software.

Make sure your computer is up to date with the Operating System you are using.  This includes video cards and devices.

Clean out your Temp folder regularly.  I recommend doing this prior to installing any software.  If you are not sure how to do this, here is a link to an article to help:

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Switch to Subscription: Changing License Types

With a Maintenance plan, you had two license types:

  • Stand-Alone
  • Network

With a Subscription plan, you have two license types:

  • Single-User
  • Multi-User

A Single-User license is the equivalent to a Stand-Alone license.

A Multi-User license is the equivalent to a Network License.


Before, you would use a serial number and product key to activate a product on a workstation. With Single-User licenses, you may still need a serial number and product key, but you’ll also need access to that serial number and product key – granted by the Autodesk Account. When a company purchases subscription software, a Contract Manager is assigned. The Contract Manager will set up the Autodesk Account, and add users via email address. Once the users have been added to the account, they’ll get emails asking them to log-in, activating their Autodesk Accounts. The Contract Manager can then allow those users access to the Subscription software seats.


Not a lot changes here. You’re still using LMTools and a license file to license the software. While you don’t have to sign-in to Autodesk Account to access Multi-User software, the benefits, like cloud rendering and various analysis tools will require permission. So even though it isn’t needed to launch Revit, it’s a good idea to add users and configure the Autodesk Account so that those users can take advantage of the Subscription benefits.

There are two things happening in this scenario, you’re switching license models (Maintenance to Subscription) and switching license types as well.

So, if you’re switching to Subscription and moving to Multi-User licenses, this post is for you:

If you’re switching to Subscription and moving to Single-User licenses, this post is for you:


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Installing and Configuring the Autodesk Network License Manager (FlexLM)

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Prior to installing the latest version of LMtools, you’ll want to remove any previous versions you have installed. Follow the instructions here to do so:

Removing Older Version of Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTools)

Once you’ve removed any older versions of LMtools, you can obtain the Autodesk Network License Manager from the installation media. You can also download it.

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Removing Older Versions of Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTools)

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Prior to installing the latest version of LMtools, you’ll want to remove any previous versions you have installed. Open LMTools and go into the Start/Stop/Reread Tab. Pick the Stop Server button.


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How to Obtain an Autodesk Network License File

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If you own a network license, at some point, you’ll need a network license file.

In some cases, Autodesk will send this file without you even needing to ask, in others, you’ll need to request it.

There are three pieces of information you’ll need:

  1. Serial number of the product(s) you want to license
  2. License Server Name
  3. License Server MAC Address
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