How to Plan your Network License


You are interested in or have just purchased an Autodesk network license and need to plan how your network license will be set up.


Choose a License Server model
Select a License Server
Check System Requirements

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

Note: You must always have the Latest version of the Autodesk Network License Manager installed when installing new and/or current versions of Autodesk software on a network.

Choose a License Server model

When purchasing a network license of Autodesk software, you will have to choose one of three server models that will support the Network License Manager (the tool that will manage your Autodesk licenses).

  • Single Server - All network licenses are installed on one server.
  • Distributed Server - Network licenses are split up and installed across as many servers as you choose.
  • Redundant Server - All network licenses are installed on three different servers.

It is important to understand the differences between these server models, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each, to make sure you choose the one that best suits your needs. 

Learn more about choosing a Network License Server Model.

Select a License Server

Once you have your license server model, you must then select the server(s) that will manage your network licenses.  When selecting your server(s) it is important to keep the following in mind:

  1. Accessibility - The server must be accessible to all client machines and must be available whenever licenses are requested.  This includes weekends or holidays and other “off-peak” times.
  2. Stability - Make sure to select a stable system that is not frequently rebooted or shut down, as this can negatively affect license management.
  3. Communication - The server must be able to communicate with Ports 2080 and 27000-27009, which are used by the Network License Manager.

Note: The server network can include Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux servers in any combination.

Check System Requirements

After you select your server(s), the last step is to check to make sure your hardware and operating system are compatible with the most current version of the Network License Manager:

  1. Visit Latest version of the Autodesk Network License Manager and click on the link that matches your operating system and IP configuration.
  2. Download and view the Readme file to get important system compatibility and installation information.

After you finish planning your Network license, you should visit How to Install the Network License Manager.


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