Networking makes the Autodesk assets you have more valuable.
If your organization is using an environment where every individual is running their software as standalone licenses, now is the time to consider switching to a networked license approach to maximize efficiency and reduce costs.
The power/benefits of Network Maintenance licenses:
You can buy 1 seat and float it between multiple installs over purchasing standalone seats for all machines. This works particularly well with companies that have users go out of the office. One client I talked with said that they only use about 15 licenses regularly as they typically have 5 users out in the field not utilizing the network licenses. Whereas if it's standalone seats you still have to purchase those 5 additional seats which would not be in use when the users are out in the field. Big savings!
If your license manager is compliant then you essentially cannot violate the service and license agreement. You still have to uninstall the older software, but if the license manager does not give you access to the older software you cannot run it. That is not the case with the current Standalone models. It is very easy to violate the licensing with standalones, install your 1 seat of AutoCAD 2013 on one machine, since you're on subscription you get the 2014 release and install and activate it on another machine. Now you have 1 violation! Networking, if all the licenses are in use, you are denied a license and you cannot violate it if you have the license manager setup correctly. That can be a HUGE Savings!!
Network licensing also allows you to view who has a license. With the flexlm license manager you can quickly view what licenses are in use. Run LMTools, click Perform Status Enquiry and view the list.
Give users Licensing Priority:
Network licensing also allows you to give priority to those power users that must have a license at any given time. You do this by Reserving licenses in an Options file on the license manager. Now those particular users always have access to those licenses you specify.
What if someone runs the Autodesk program and hogs the license then leaves for a 2 hr meeting and lunch? You can use a TIMEOUT or TIMEOUTALL setting in the options file to reclaim that license for someone else to use! SWEET! Will they lose their work? No. Once the license hog comes back to
their desk and moves the mouse they either immediately obtain another license (if one is available) OR the program prompts them to save their work!
Perpetual licenses are being phased out!
On Maintenance subscription with a perpetual license, you can continue to run the last version you owned even if you let the subscription lapse. However, with Desktop Subscription (Rental or TERM once your Subscription term ends you no longer have access to the programs.
When you purchase new seats after Jan 31, 2016 you can only get the Rental (Desktop subscription) for the individual programs. The new Term/Rental licenses have a lot more overhead to setup and use. One person will have to login to the Autodesk website and enter each and every Term/Rental user and assign the software to them each year. These typically take longer to setup and get operational, it can also take a few days to get things into the Autodesk systems to get the program installed and running on the desktop/client machine. See the Autodesk KB article:
This eBook takes you through the entire process for rentals:
* TIME ALERT
For new Subscription customers, your new Autodesk Account will also be automatically processed as part of your order so you will need to be a bit more patient. You should receive a second email “Get Started” (see Step 2) within 12-24 hours. This email will contain your User ID and temporary password.
For current customers, there can be a slight processing delay between your Subscription order and when the benefits appear in your Autodesk Account.
Important purchasing information:
Purchase of new perpetual (network or standalone) licenses on Autodesk individual products will end on January 31, 2016. Purchase of new perpetual (network or standalone) licenses for Autodesk suites on July 31, 2016.
Now is the time to purchase, upgrade or cross-grade to the Network Maintenance (perpetual) licenses to help you retain those perpetual licenses!
IMAGINiT has your back! Contact your local Sales representative to switch to Network perpetual licenses or purchase new ones now!