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Hi, this small business is growing at a pretty good rate.  Therefore, we have a lot of standalone licenses.  Can we take those licenses and place them on a license server to manage the autocad environment?  What are the steps?  Just read this article for license installation issues.  I'm just thinking there's got to be a better way to manage these license issues.
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Network licensing is the best approach for you. Since you have several standalone licenses, you need to work with your CAD vendor to see about changing them over to network licenses. At that point, you will need deal with each workstation and change how it's licensed.

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/You-want-to-change-your-installed-licensing-type-network-or-standalone.html

The nice thing about network licenses is that it's based around concurrency, so it's about how many people will use CAD at the same time. Bear in mind that you will need to talk to your CAD vendor annually about getting an updated file. If you go this route, also be sure that you brush up on how borrowing licenses works (I guarantee you this will come up for any users who need to use CAD offsite).
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As for the license manager, have you tried the download instead of installing from a CAD disc?
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Ok, I'm working on a list of licenses and what was the source the client used to obtain those licenses
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Excellent. Hopefully they all came from the same source. That will make your life far easier. Worst case, you may have to work directly with Autodesk.
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In the standalone ACAD environment, we have 4 Maintenance (owned license) Contract  (legacy option).   ACAD allows for license manager in a rental or subscription agreement.  We have one license for that.
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So any future licenses you need will be under the subscription model. Increase that number to whatever is appropriate.

Unfortunately, since you can no longer convert existing standalone licenses, I would target giving those to the ACAD users who are the most prone to be off the network. That will help minimize the borrowing of licenses from the server.

That will save some money until the standalone versions of CAD are totally outdated.

So the one license is multiuser? And in assume you need some more. Have you gotten the NLM to work or still have issues?
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Ah, does the program not open if they are off the grid?  VPN connection required for license manager?
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Exactly. Program tries to contact the server to take a license, and will give an error if unsuccessful. So you would need to be on VPN  to use CAD with the license manager.

There is the feature where you can borrow a license for a given timeframe, but that also to rarity decreases the number of licenses available for other network users.
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Thank you!
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