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So if I have Revit Suite installed. I opened Revit and AutoCAD at the same time. Am i using 1 seat? or 2? What i open another AutoCAD? is that 1 seat? or 3?

Thank you.

Jeff Lotan

It may be consuming anywhere from 1 to 3 in your example above. It all depends on these factors.
1) Are you running an older version and is it obtaining its own feature code or a suite feature code?
2) Are there other licenses in the license file that have that feature code in it?
3) Are all the lower licenses already consumed.

If you have an AutoCAD 2013 and a Building Design Suite 2013 licenses in the license file. You are the first one in and no one else has any licenses. If you run AutoCAD 2013 it will consume the AuoCAD 2013 license, then run Revit it will consume the BDS 2013 license. Thus consuming two licenses, but after a short period of time (0-45 minutes) the AutoCAD will "piggyback" on the BDS license. Now, same situation as above but you run AutoCAD 2011, then it will consume the AutoCAD license, run Revit 2011 it will consume the BDS license. You will consume 2 licenses, it cannot piggyback.

They will ONLY piggyback if they consume the Suite feature code instead of their own individual feature codes.

To fully understand the network licensing and cascading you need to know the feature codes.

Final note: When you install the AutoCAD program from the Suite, it is still AutoCAD and first looks for the AutoCAD feature code FIRST in the entire license file. You did not install a Suite, you installed AutoCAD. That is a rule and there are exceptions to the rule, but use that rule when installing. One of the exceptions is 2013 Revit from BDS Premium or Ultimate, do not install it from there, install it from the Revit or Revit Suite media instead or it will not obtain the lower licenses. See my blog on Revit 1 box.

And the Autodesk blog:

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