Licensing issues? Visit ‘Up and Ready’

If you’ve ever had problems with Autodesk licensing issues, you’ll be well aware of the difficulty in finding someone to help you through the process. And if you were hoping for someone knowledgeable yet able to speak in straightforward language then you’d be fighting a losing battle. Now, however, things have changed.

Autodesk’s US website is a source of so many technical blogs that the prospect of even a casual flick through can feel quite daunting. When it comes to licensing queries though, there’s only one place to look: Up and Ready. The five authors of this blog offer assistance with installation and configuration of all Autodesk’s software. To give you an idea we’ve included one of their recent posts on borrowing licences. Have a gander:

”I would like to make you aware of the fact that there is no way to restore a borrowed licence in your licence server if the borrowed client machine has crashed. For the majority of Autodesk’s products, the maximum borrow period is 180 days (6 months).

“We can see the maximum borrow period for each feature in the licence file. For example, the value BORROW=4320, means 4320 hours (i.e. 180 days). Please don’t try to change this value in the licence file as this would make the licence file invalid.

“It is important that your use of the borrow feature reflects the period you really need to use your licence disconnected from the server. In an environment where people are supposed to borrow the licences frequently, it is advisable that the licence administrator sets a maximum borrow period in line with this.

“To set a borrow period that is lower than the default one, you’ll need to enter the statement MAX_BORROW_HOURS in the option file of the licensing file. Please don’t use the Borrowing tab in the LMTOOLS utility – it doesn’t work with the Autodesk products -Autodesk product licences must be borrowed from the product interface.

“Remember you’ll have to enter the number of hours here, rather than the number of days. The sample line below would set the maximum borrow period for AutoCAD 2011 to three days for instance: MAX_BORROW_HOURS 85536ACD_2011_0F 72

“To set your options file up please refer to the technical solution How to control network license access using an options file.”

You can read the original article here.

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