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Network license servers made easy or at least made easier.  As an IT professional I have installed and configured the Autodesk license manager hundreds of times.   Depending on your deployment model it’s pretty easy.   So I will not get into the actual setup.  But here is a link if you like light reading.  One piece of technology that makes running a network license server easier is virtualization.  In their simplest forms Virtual machines are just files.  You can change them.  Save them.  Then if you don’t like something go back to the previous version.  Just like in AutoCAD you can hit the Undo button.  In a virtual machine you can undo a recent change you made pretty easily if you saved you changes along the way.  Just like other computer files virtual machines are portable.      You can copy/move them to other computers to run because their windows machine names and network mac addresses do not change.  Ever run into a conflict on your only server between the license manager and another piece of software that cannot be relocated?  Spin up a ...

You have purchased desktop subscription for your software or someone in your company has purchased desktop subscription for you.  There are three scenarios a that can take place here and you need to be aware of how to manage them. Purchaser is also the user - When you buy Desktop Subscription software for personal use, you enter your personal Autodesk Account information during purchase. You are assigned as the Contract Manager and a Named User with permissions to download, install, and activate your software. Your software is available for download from your Autodesk Account when you receive the fulfillment email message from the Autodesk Store. Purchaser is not the user - Account administrators, such as Contract Managers and Software Coordinators, may buy Desktop Subscription software intended for other users. One available software license is assigned to the purchaser automatically at checkout. If you don't intend to use the software you buy, remove yourself as a Named User for the software. You can then assign permissions to use the software to another user. Software users can ...

Issue:  You're the contract manager or software coordinator for your company.  You need to add/remove a user for software and services from the Autodesk Account.  How do you do that? Solution:  This can all be done in the management section of the Autodesk Accounts site.  Autodesk released steps required to perform this task in their Adding or Removing Users in User Management document.  This link will walk you through the steps on how to. . . How to Access User Managemet in Autodesk Accounts How to add users (both single and multiple) How to remove users In that link you will also find a 2 minute video tutorial to better assist you.    

By now I'm sure you've heard that Desktop Subscription is Replacing Perpetual Licensing. For those of you who have already purchased desktop subscription, there have been a lot of questions.  For your convenience I'll post the answers to the most popular questions here, but you can read the Installation & Configuration of Desktop Products FAQ document provided by Autodesk for more questions and answers.  The most popular of the questions we've been receiving are. . . Q: What is a named user? A: A Named User is one who is assigned to use a Desktop Subscription license. Users are assigned based on their Autodesk ID, which is associated with that individual’s email address and gives them access to Desktop Subscription software and benefits. Named Users can't share their Autodesk IDs with others, and they must be an employee or on-site contractor. Consult the Autodesk Subscription Terms and Conditions for more information. Q: If that named user leaves my company do I lose my license? ...

If you are currently running a software, such as AutoCAD, but not within a suite you may have already received an e-mail similar to this from Autodesk: So what does this mean and why are you receiving this? Autodesk is changing how it will be selling licenses.  However, these changes will not affect any of the design or creation suites.  For example, your Infrastructure Design Suite or Building Design Suite licenses are not affected. For many individual desktop software products, Autodesk will end the sale of new perpetual licenses after January 31, 2016. Customers who have a perpetual license for an individual product, or who purchase a perpetual license before Jan 31, 2016, will be able to continue to use that license. Customers who have a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription will receive software updates and corresponding benefits for as long as the subscription remains active. So, after January 31, 2016, the following products will no longer be available as perpetual licenses: ...

Today I decided it was a good day to try to start learning something new. Simulation is getting to be a bigger and bigger deal with Building Information Models. I downloaded and installed Autodesk CFD 2016 from our subscription site, and our IT Director got a license file and added it to our existing license file on the server. Upon launching CFD I got this lovely message: Yes, Virginia - it happens to us, too... The first step whenever you have an issue with a network license is to make sure the license manager is actually issuing the license. And it was. I then made sure I had actually downloaded and installed the correct CFD product (there's only about a bazillion of them). I had. I'm running a bunch of other software off of that same license server, but I borrow the licenses so I can be disconnected from the network and still work. As a test, I returned one of the licenses, then launched the product for which I had returned the license. I was able to get a license with ...

In the new accounts download section a user must pick a language to use to download the software.  Initially they only see Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.  They must use that inconspicuous scroll bar to the right to get to English:

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