As you make the switch to Autodesk’s subscription license model, there are a few things to take into consideration, and a few things you’ll want to do so that you’re ready.
First, if you haven’t already, check out our post on the Switch to Subscription: General Guidelines
You’re here, so you’ve got an Autodesk Suite and you’ve switched to an Autodesk Collection. If you’re changing license types too, this process is a bit more involved. You’ll want to read this: Switch to Subscription: Changing License Types.
Consider the Suite a single product. Consider the Collection a set of products.
That’s a big difference, and if you look at it that way, what I’m about to explain will make a bit more sense.
When that Maintenance contract expires and the Subscription contract kicks in, you don’t have to change anything. However, when you’re ready to install the Subscription software – like, for instance, when you’re ready to install the next version, you’ll need to remove all of the existing software…. I know.
The other catch is that because Collections are sets of products, each product is treated as an individual. When you would download a Suite, you downloaded EVERYTHING, then chose what to install via the Install Wizard.
With a Collection, you’re going to download what you want to install – each product individually, and then you’ll configure each for install by creating a deployment – 1 for each product, or installing on each computer.
I’m ready to download my Collection software. I log into Autodesk Account, go to the Collection software list. I’ll see each product listed out, and a download link next to each product. (Instructions for this step)
I want to install AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Revit, so I’ll download each product.
Once they’re downloaded, I need to install these products on a few computers, so I’m going to create a deployment. (Instructions for this step)
I will launch the AutoCAD installer first, and configure my AutoCAD deployment.
Once that’s finished, I’ll configure Civil 3D, so I’ll launch the Civil 3D installer.
After I’ve created the Civil 3D deployment, I’ll create my Revit deployment. I launch the Revit installer.
I now have three separate deployments.
I’ll go to the first machine, and I’ll launch the AutoCAD deployment.
When it’s finished, I’ll launch the Civil 3D deployment.
And when it’s finished, I’ll launch the Revit deployment.
I’ll then go to the next machine… see how this plays out?
It’s unfortunate, but as of now, this is the process. If you are lucky enough to have software installed to deploy programs across a network, this job becomes a whole lot quicker and easier.
As always, if you have questions, please let us know. We’re here to help and we can guide you through this process.
To get started, we’ve tried to get as much of this information out as possible, and we’ll add more as we can. These links will help you get going with your subscription software:
Uninstalling Autodesk Products
Downloading Autodesk Software
Extracting Autodesk Software
Installing on a Single Computer
Installing on Multiple Computers (Creating a Deployment)
Activating Single-User Software
Activating Multi-User Software