Network Licensing FAQ for educational institutions (Autodesk Academic Resource Center)

Aug 7, 2014


 You want to know how to set up and manage the network licenses for products available to your educational institution through the Autodesk Academic Resource Center (ARC).  



How do I plan for my license?

The first step in setting up your Autodesk network license is to plan ahead.  Different configurations are available, so planning helps to ensure that you choose and set up the network configuration that best suits your needs.


How do I install the Network License Manager?

After you have planned your network, install the Network License Manager (NLM) from the Autodesk Product Installer in the Tools & Utilities panel.

You can do this before or after you install the product itself; however, you will not be able to run the NLM until you have obtained a network license file from Autodesk and configured your server.

See: How to Install the Network License Manager

How do I configure my Network License Server?

After you have planned your network, installed the Network License Manager (NLM), and obtained your network license file, you need to configure your license server(s) in order to begin issuing your Autodesk licenses.

See: How to Configure your Network License Server

How do I obtain a network license file from Autodesk?

After planning your network and installing the Network License Manager (NLM), you need to obtain a network license file from Autodesk. This license file contains important licensing and server information and is used to configure your server so that you can run the NLM.

See: How to Obtain a Network License File from Autodesk

I want to understand and manage my Autodesk licenses

You can get more information by watching the following  video.

See: How to understand and manage your Autodesk licenses (video)

See Also:

Network Administrator's Guide


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