The Ansys Licensing Landscape

Customers of Ansys, renowned for their computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software have always had the option of perpetual (Ansys term is “paid-up”) or subscription (“leased”) licenses for their products. Recent developments have resulted in a third license option, the “elastic license”. This license acknowledges two changes:-

  • the rise of cloud computing
  • a drive to make Ansys products accessible to as many users as possible, not just specialist engineers and scientists.

In light of the drive by some other vendors to move users to subscription licensing and discontinue perpetual licenses, Ansys has a refreshing and customer-centric approach to licensing. As the leading software company in CAE software used for finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other simulation applications, they are making their products easier to use and understand by non-specialists. This is analogous to the growing market in data discovery tools, where any user can analyse big data and produce business intelligence, without being a business analyst or a data scientist. Making Ansys products widely accessible will grow their user base at most organizations. Some companies have already taken this route, and their sales and marketing teams carry laptops with simulation demos loaded to show products to potential customers.

Flexible and Versatile Licensing

The Ansys licensing model supports their strategy; if you want the maximum number of users to need your software, you do not want them to be hampered by denials and license shortages. So licenses are made as accessible as possible for all scenarios, from on-site servers with a perpetual license pool to short-term users and cloud users. With very few restrictions, licenses can be used across platforms and during peak demand periods.

How does the Elastic License Work?

An elastic license is purchased an advance in units required, and when software is booked out it consumes a pre-defined number of units per hour. This provides a back-up of additional licenses when required, the only drawback being that the units expire at the end of the year, so the estimation of units required needs to be done carefully. Users of Autodesk Token-flex will be familiar with this license model, however there are some differences.

  • Elastic licenses are only used where there is no traditional license remaining to be used on the relevant license server, the traditional license are consumed first.
  • Because of the specific nature of simulation work, which requires business continuity, Ansys makes provision for the situation where the customer runs out of units during a simulation process. It is possible to sign up for a post-paid option to avoid a job being cancelled in midstream.
  • The license management of elastic licenses is customer-friendly and has reporting that helps optimize these licenses, such as departmental chargebacks.

Traditional on-site User Community

Existing customers would have one or more license servers set up on-site with a pool of concurrent licenses and possibly some subscription licenses for superusers. The main challenge of the license administrator is to have the maximum number of users who have access with the minimum number of licenses. This can be difficult to predict and is obviously dependent on the volume of work coming in. The Elastic License assists customers in the following cases:-

  • short-term peak demands that are beyond the capacity of the existing license pool, which has been optimised to cope with the normal workload.
  • where there is uncertainty as to which products are needed and how many licences are required, for instance, there may be a job requirement for Ansys Maxwell for electromagnetic field simulations and the company has no Maxwell licenses.
  • Where some short-term work needs to be done anywhere globally

Short-Term Use

It might be beneficial to use elastic licensing for short-term needs, such as a project at a remote site, where an annual license agreement would not be suitable. It could also be useful where one of the tools in the Ansys workbench is not used at present and more than a trial period is needed to decide whether the tool needs to be added to the company’s portfolio. Similarly, where a tool such as CFD is used very occasionally, it would be better to use elastic licensing for the times it is needed.

Working in the Cloud

Unlike most companies, who have a separate business model for cloud users, Ansys allows use of existing licenses to access the cloud. This applies to both concurrent and leased licenses. The only requirement is that the on-site server must be accessible via the company firewall to allow license access. There is an alternative where a license server is set up in the cloud. In this case, the licenses on that server are used exclusively in the cloud and no changes have to be made to the firewall. The Elastic license was designed for Cloud users, but the customer can use all three license models in whichever way best meets their individual needs.

How OpenLM can Assist

With the release of Ansys 18, the vendor has provided the customer with some useful reporting on license usage, such as denials and usage/cost attribution. It is not as comprehensive nor as customizable as OpenLM’s core offering, but is a refreshing change in the vendor/customer relationship, where it is acknowledged that the customer requires visibility on what is happening with their licenses, and the FlexLM logfile is interrogated o produce these reports.

However, most companies using Ansys products will also be using other software such as Autodesk, and OpenLM provides a single source to manage most or all of the tools used. In addition, OpenLM can manage Nvidia GPU licenses. While Nvidia provides a license manger, it has no reporting, which is why an OpenLM customer requested that OpenLM build the capability to manage Nvidia GPUs. It is highly unlikely that any company that runs simulations does not have a fleet of Nvidia GPUs to help in the number-crunching, so this is a handy addition to the extensive portfolio of software vendors managed. Feel free to contact us to help you with your specialized software license management.

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Mastering the Hybrid License Environment

The rise of cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) has moved the goalposts when it comes to software license management, especially for organizations that have a large base of users accessing costly specialized software, like CAD, BIM and mathematical modelling tools. Traditionally, the most cost-effective way of managing such software was to acquire a perpetual license based on concurrent users, where there is a finite pool of licenses available, rather than a license per user. This licensing model treats each license as an asset and the associated costs are treated as capex and a balance sheet item. A cloud solution is based on some form of pay-per-use, and when the user accesses the software this is now an operating expense, which is an income statement item. This means that the complexity of license management causes pain in the CFO’s office as well as in the CIO’s domain. While this article focuses on hybrid license management as a license management issue, it is important to remember that there is an impact on the accounting principles and policy for software too.

Hybrid Licensing is not New

There has always been some mix in license management and administration, especially when it comes to specialized software used for scientific and engineering purposes, even for a single software product, such as AutoCAD. Although the majority of users would depend on concurrent user licenses accessed from a pool, there would always be some users who needed guaranteed access or worked with the software for most of their day. For such users, a named or dedicated license would be purchased. The license administrator would need to monitor these licenses separately from the license pool, checking on whether the named user actually needed a dedicated license or could revert back to the pool. The ability to reserve or borrow licenses from the pool could create a temporary dedicated license which again needed monitoring for when reserving the license was no longer justified.

There are also variations in concurrent licensing, such as token licensing, where actual usage is measured, usually on a time or product basis, and a “price” of a certain number of tokens is charged for such use. The annual number of tokens are purchased up front as part of the contract, and may require topping up during the year, or may have been overestimated.

Some vendors manage their licenses via hardware such as dongles or USB keys. This now means that additional oversight is needed to ensure that the physical licenses are not lost, as they can only be replaced by repurchasing the license.

Multinationals also experience different licensing rules, where licensing agreements are not global and differ from region to region, calling for extra vigilance that compliance is not breached in such situations. So license management has never been a simple job. Cloud licensing has just made it more complex. While some vendors offer both perpetual and cloud licensing options, others, such as Autodesk, are making it their mission to eradicate the perpetual license from their portfolio. This is forcing customers to consider their options, which range from straightforward acquiescence to the change and converting all their licenses, through remaining on the current version for the time being and not upgrading to moving to another competitor’s product. None of these decisions are easy, and there is no uniform in-house policy that can be adopted, as the forms of licenses available are under the control of the vendor, so different decisions need to be made for different software.

The New Flavors of Licensing

There are quite a few license models emerging, that recognise the flexibility that the customer requires while trying to maximize the profitability and sustainability for the vendor. Here are a few variants.

Token Licensing
We have already mentioned token licenses, where the user “pays” a number of tokens for a particular product, such as Autodesk Revit. The number of minutes used can also affect the price, as well as when the timeslot starts. This can result in unnecessary costs, as some customers of Autodesk have discovered.
Another token variant is based on the way the software is being used, for instance, the number of tokens needed is linked to the number of CPUs being used for processing by Abaqus, a Dassault product.

Bundled and WorkBench Licenses
This seems to be a growing trend; instead of licensing a single product, the contract covers a range of software from the vendor. It can be based on user skillset and needs, e.g. architect or civil engineer. This can work for some environments, but generally there are a few products that are not needed by the company, for which they have paid. This model can also be token-based, with a different token value for each product.

Remix Licenses
A variant on workbench licenses, where the customer can specify their software needs for the year, but have the option to change up to 25% of the agreement to cater for changing requirements. This pay-per-use model is usually for a multi-year agreement and acknowledges that the customer’s needs change based on business acquired and changing market conditions. It does make the swapping of shelfware for something more useful easier.

There will definitely be new models emerging in the next few years, as vendors try to maintain their revenues, which are predominantly derived from licensing.

Regaining Control of the Situation

As if the license administrator’s job were not complex enough, many organizations do not understand the implications of using the vendor’s license management tool and the overheads it imposes on the license management professionals. Vendors either use one of the commercial models available from license management specialists such as Flexera and Gemalto, or have their own proprietary license tool, as is provided by Dassault and Bentley. There are even some companies that do not provide any aid whatsoever, especially where software has been custom-written.

The license managers have to understand the license management product that each vendor provides and use each tool for managing allocations and access, as well as extracting business intelligence from each tool. This is a full-time job. Adding a new layer of complexity with cloud licenses just adds to the overload. This is why an independent license management application is so necessary; it gives the license manager a single lens to view and manage all or most of the licenses under his control. It also offers a second opinion on actual license utilization, which many companies have found vital in negotiating with vendors and debating the vendor’s metrics as opposed to what the independent software reveals. Finally, the independent product is written from the customer’s viewpoint, not the vendor’s viewpoint, and offers reporting and functionality that assists license management in license optimization and forecasting future license needs.

Customers of OpenLM have discovered the benefits of a license management application that reports objectively and extensively on their license usage via a single product instead of a tool per vendor. The benefits of an application that has a common look and feel for all reports on license usage are often overlooked, especially when it comes to reporting to executives outside the IT environment. Some of our users have mentioned the power of OpenLM heat maps for getting the message across to their executive.

Outsourcing the License Conundrum – License Management as a Service

The decision to outsource license management is a growing trend, and is embraced by CIOs who are finding it increasingly difficult to get the right people on board to manage the licenses, because demand exceeds supply. It also makes license optimization easier, as the outsource companies have extensive experience in monitoring licenses from the different vendors and know from experience what size license pool should work for a specified number of users. Companies that have outsourced their license management find that the costs of the service are balanced by the savings obtained by the fine-tuning of the license portfolio by the service provider. OpenLM offers managed services that are gaining in popularity because of the cost benefits derived by the customer.

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The Ins and Outs of Autodesk Global Travel Rights

Autodesk grants global travel rights to organizations who either have a subscription agreement or a maintenance plan. These rights can be very beneficial to companies who undertake projects outside the country or region in which they are based, and can result in savings costs under the right circumstances. There is one very important condition that we must mention first, because it is not explicitly stated in most of the Autodesk literature about global travel rights; there is a time limit. Where the travel rights rule applies, users are only allowed to use the software for a maximum of 90 days outside their “home country”. So, for a long-term project it will be necessary to obtain another license once the 90 days has passed.

What Constitutes a Home Country?

The home country is the country in which the license was purchased. Where the contract was entered into for a named user, the home country applies to his or her residency. Where the contract is with an organization, as would be the case of a maintenance agreement, the home country is that where the company is incorporated. For organizations within the European Union (EU) or who have signed the European Free Trade Association Agreement (EFTA), home country is any country that falls under the EU or EFTA classification. For companies subject to Brexit, they must re-examine their policies regarding user travel rights, as their freedom to use Autodesk software across the EU will be curtailed.

Which License Agreements Provide Global Travel Rights?

There are three major categories of licenses that benefit from travel rights:-

  • perpetual agreements which are covered by a maintenance agreement
  • Traditional subscription licenses
  • Cloud subscription licenses.

There are differences in which users are entitled to use software while travelling based on which license agreement has been implemented. It is also important to note that support services for the products are available during the operating hours that apply to the home country, not the company where the user is working under the global agreement.

Which Users are Entitled to Global Travel Rights?

Where an organization has a perpetual license with a maintenance agreement, all employees qualify, as well as on-site contractors. The on-site contractor must be contracted directly by the organization. Where the organization has agreements with affiliate companies to carry out the work, the employees of the affiliates and any contractors employed by the affiliate are NOT entitled to global travel rights.

Where an organization has subscription licenses in place, the same rules apply, in that only employees and direct on-site contractors qualify. The subscription users must be named users, generic users and user groups do not qualify, although it is possible to negotiate terms with Autodesk for specific circumstances. The named user should be identified as such in the license agreement and cannot share his license with any other user. If the user has his own individual license which recognizes him as the named user, he can use his license globally.

Cloud licenses have a different set of rules, which give access to a wider set of users, but this must be confirmed with Autodesk by the organization. The cloud subscription travel rights can extend to employees and contractors of companies affiliated to the parent organization, which is definitely not the case for perpetual and traditional subscription licenses.

What to Watch out for from a Compliance Aspect

Where a company has purchased licenses in their home country, use of travel rights are quite straightforward. However, the license administrator needs to guard against the following circumstances:-

  • the licenses were purchased outside the home country, for example where a project is to be executed in a foreign company. Those licenses can only be used in that country, regardless of whether the employees using them are permanent employees or contractors.
  • the travel rights apply only to the entity that purchased the license. They cannot be extended to a parent or sister company or the employees or direct contractors of those entities.
  • The usage period extending past 90 days.

For our OpenLM customers, it may be advisable to build a customized report that monitors compliance for licenses that are being used under the Global Travel Rights terms and conditions. Early warning of usage periods getting close to expiry, as well as a list of users who are operating under the travel rights agreement will avoid non-compliant usage.

Another method of managing compliance would be to tailor license allocations to include and exclude users according to their qualifying or exclusion from the global travel terms and conditions. OpenLM has recently launched a new product for managing license allocations that is available to all Autodesk customers, whether they use the OpenLM core product or not. This parameterized application allows the license administrator to tailor allocations by time, region, user or user group as well as software used down to feature level within that software product. Users can be granted access or blocked depending on the organizational policy and the license agreements in force. Please contact us for more information.

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Autodesk network to subscription licenses, plan your way

Autodesk is determined to move all its customers from using the network licensing model to a subscription or named user model. It is important that a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis is done before deciding what action to take, even if top management is pressurizing for a resolution to the situation.

While the network model is generally better for most organizations, there is  no one-size-fits-all answer to the dilemma, some companies might even benefit from switching to the named user model.

What would be a good methodology to consider the switch? We could apply a two-stage process.

Stage One, Identify your Baseline.

  1. Know your current maintenance costs.
  2. Count the number of unique users that you currently have
  3. Multiply the subscription cost by the number of users to understand what your annual cost will be.

Compare the price per year. If the subscription cost is higher than the current perpetual cost, refuse to upgrade. The difference you see now is the MINIMAL amount of money you can save!

If the subscription cost is equal to or lower than the current perpetual cost, move to the next stage that is checking if you currently utilize your license correctly and that you have not been missing out on potential savings.

Based on our experience, depending on the efforts one is willing to invest it is possible to get 100% more usage from the existing license pool, sometimes more. This would mean that you could decrease your licensing costs by 50% or more. In order to achieve this, you will need to have a software tool that will help you to optimize your license usage. The better the software you employ, the higher savings you will achieve.

Stage Two: Identify Where You can Optimize Usage
There are two main areas that require attention:-

  • your license server configuration
  • how both dedicated and network licenses are being utilized

License servers – the more license servers you have, the less optimized your configuration. License server consolidation is one of the most efficient ways to improve access to license pools. In the case of multi-nationals, it is not always possible to consolidate all the servers into a single centralized pool, because the licensing agreements were entered into with regional subsidiaries or partners of Autodesk and they are treated as separate entities. Even so, there will be at least a few consolidations possible, which has additional benefits in that the number of license servers is reduced and the complexity of managing the licenses is reduced as well.

Current License Utilization – Dedicated Licenses

A comprehensive audit of which licenses are being used and by whom is the next step. In the previous step we paid attention to the concurrent license pools. There is a good possibility that there are quite a few dedicated licenses on site. Sometimes granting a user a dedicated license makes sense, where that user spends most of their time using AutoCAD or Revit, for example. What often happens is that a dedicated or named user license was obtained for a short-term need, like a special project, and the user no longer uses it to the extent that a dedicated license is necessary. Going forward, such users can access licenses from the concurrent pool. As you are still evaluating whether subscription licenses will work for you, you should leave these licenses as is for now, bearing in mind the cost savings of dispensing with them.

Current License Utilization – Network Licenses

Once the license pools have been reconfigured, it is time to check what the actual utilization looks like. Data must be gathered on:-

  • Who is consuming the license?
  • On which workstation is it being used?
  • Where there are several software versions, which license is being used?
  • What time of day is the license being used, which aids in understanding usage peaks and troughs?
  • How long is the license session between access and release of the license?

If you are relying on Autodesk’s license manager software, you may find that this information is not readily available to you. This is where a dedicated license management software tool becomes useful. When you want to take the next step and start optimizing usage, the tool will quickly become worth its weight in gold.

However, just by using the basic information you have gathered, you will have identified areas for further investigation, such as:-

  • Should a user have access and why are they using the software? Maybe they just need a viewer to see a drawing, they are not actually drafting or designing
  • Why is the server underutilized?
  • Why are you getting denials when the server is not being heavily utilized?
  • Are users who book out a license for the whole day actually using the tool all day, or is it idle most of the time?
  • Are there users who do not release the software when they are finished, they keep it booked out overnight.

Autodesk’s license manager will definitely not give you all this information. You need a tool like OpenLM’s License Parser to understand what is really happening. Below is an example of reporting on license utilization from one of OpenLM’s customers.

AutoCAD license utilization

 

AutoCAD license utilization at an OpenLM customer

This chart shows how the licenses are utilized realtime. You can see from this graph that, although 70 licenses have been purchased, this could be reduced to 30 licenses without any significant change in quality of service.

First Conclusions

By this stage, you will already have a clearer view on whether subscription licenses are cost-effective for your organization. You might already find that the costs outweigh the benefits. This is even before you have started on your license optimization. You might even have identified that the pros and cons are pretty evenly balanced at this stage. It is premature to decide at this stage. We recommend that you implement some changes that will optimize utilization of your license pool(s) further. Once you have done this, you will get a clear view of your Autodesk license future.

Some Changes that will Reduce License Waste

The changes described below require targeted reporting to implement them. You will not be able to extract this data from your Autodesk license manager. The cost savings that you will achieve will more than pay for good license management software that is written to satisfy the customer’s needs rather than the vendor’s requirements.

Introduce Chargebacks

If you do not charge licensing costs back to the respective business units that use the licenses, even your best managers are pretty relaxed about usage. Start charging back to cost centers and see how things change. The license costs will affect the bottom line for most managers, and they will start monitoring usage and cutting down on unnecessary use. You will be able to make this easier for them by providing reporting on idle licenses within their cost centre, which is part of the next change.

Actively Manage Idle Licenses

If you have not been able to manage idle licenses before, you will find that most users are very lax about checking a license back when they are not using it. You need reporting that will alert you to idle licenses. You can either “harvest” these licenses manually, or automate harvesting to occur after a certain elapsed number of idle minutes. Below are several reports available in OpenLM on idle licensing, from selected customer sites.

 idle licenses

List of idle licenses and elapsed time

It is easy to see from the display above which licenses need to be reclaimed. You also have the option to close the application or just remove the license. It may occur that you have a peak period and licenses are in short supply. You may decide to close the licenses for a low priority group to free them for another group who have top priority. However, this is not necessary in this case; here are 10 licenses you can harvest right away:-

 

license idle for over an hour

Licenses that have been idle for over an hour

You can even interrogate usage on a per license basis. Here is an example below.

interrogate license usage
The effect of harvesting is that your actual licensing utilization will drop quite dramatically. You will now be getting a far more accurate picture of your Autodesk license requirements. By now you should have discovered that you have more network licenses than you need for the actual current usage, like our customers who had 70 licenses but only needed 30. You might even have discovered “shelf” licenses, licenses that are completely unused, but you are still renewing the license and maintenance agreements for them. You will also have identified serial offenders who “hog” licenses and can apply some change management.

You are now ready to make an evaluation of whether you should move to Autodesk subscription licenses or not.

Will Subscription Licenses Work for Us? Some Assumptions

  1. There is huge industry pushback on the move to subscription licenses. We are not alone.
  2. The different features and products that are available in the subscription do not affect the decision-making process, we are deciding at vendor level.
  3. We would like to keep the same service level we have now.
  4. This was a preliminary exercise. We can optimize even further.
  5. There might be a case for a few subscription licenses (e.g. full-time draughtsmen)

With the data we have collected from our investigation, we can make an informed and objective decision on whether adopting subscription licenses and retiring concurrent licenses will work for us or not.

 network licenses compared to subscription

Graphical analysis of network licenses compared to subscription

  • In the graph above, the blue line is the named license requirement, where each user needs a subscription. This is a one-to-one relationship and creates a 45% angle.
  • The red line is the best case for concurrent license utilization. Some customers have even achieved a ratio of 1:5 licenses/users, but the average is probably 1:1.5
  • The orange line is a more realistic adjusted network license utilization.
  • Both the red and orange lines will be unique to your organization.
  • The saving exists in the area between the blue and the orange lines and is represented by the green arrow.

What are Autodesk offering?

The subscription option is not cheap- the solution is a package with multiple products, which you may not need and is almost €4000 per user. Even the discounted cost per user for 5 years is almost €15 000.

Subscription multi user – This is a subscription option where the user does not log in using his login credentials (user name and password), but logs in via the network and the license manager authenticates him,which is more flexible than the named user alternative.

Keeping your network licenses – Autodesk is increasing your maintenance costs over the next few years, which will erode the value of your concurrent pool – if you decide to continue paying maintenance costs. The original license purchase is a sunk cost and does not affect the calculation.

Market Forecast

Another factor that is vital in your considerations is your projections on your organization’s growth over the next few years.

Optimistic Scenario

The company will continue to perform well, new projects will come in regularly and we will need more licenses to support our growth. We have the following options:-
Subscription – we will need to buy subscription per user. – no other options
Network – squeeze more usage out of the existing license server (possible!!) OR buy some additional subscriptions.

Pessimistic Scenario

Economy is depressed -the company has lost projects, needs to scale back and needs less licenses –
Subscription – In the first three years, giving up any license will cause a loss of the discount benefit on subscriptions. After the first three years, giving up subscriptions has no effect.
Network – can reduce the usability and keep for better times and consider stopping maintenance in the short-term.

Other Considerations

You need some additional modules that are included in the latest industry package or the “one” Autodesk, but not in your current agreement. In this case consider buying a few subscriptions, without changing tour network pool.

What Most Customers have Told us

We stayed with our network agreement and purchased few subscriptions by swapping a few concurrent licenses to take advantage of the discount. We now have the benefit of having a hybrid license environment. We allocated the named licenses to a handful of power users and let the majority of users rely on the network licenses – we still have the benefit of the concurrent pool which costs less because of the licenses we converted to subscription licenses.

Even with a clear view of your actual current usage, this is not an easy decision to make, which is why most customers have hedged their bets by opting for a hybrid model.

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FLEXlm FLEXnet 2012 feature codes for Autodesk products

Feature Code => Product Name translation table can be found in Autodesk site: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=17288427&linkID=9242258

OpenLM updates this information regularly. If update is needed open the OpenLM Server configuration form->Advanced tab and update the translation table from our website with a single click.

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Autodesk’s “Undiscovered Territory” game to boost training of 3Ds Max

A new fun way of learning Geography and training with Autodesk’s 3Ds Max was recently launched by Autodesk on their site. It’s called the “Undiscovered Territory” game, and it is in fact a contest between users to win a license for the Entertainment Creation Suite.

The game is run on the AutoDesk ‘Area’ forum, so you need to sign in first to become a member.

The game is an eight chapter mission-based adventure game, through which the players complete 3Ds Max design tasks, submit finished files, get their passports ‘signed’ and move on to the next mission.

The game begins with a missions in Coimbra, Portugal, and moves to different locations as the game progresses. This is what the mission page looks like:

 

The 1st mission requires turning a concept sketch into precise 3Ds Max layout.


Every mission is accompanied with a video tutorial, further enhancing specific 3Ds Max expertise.

 

I admit I haven’t progressed much myself yet, but it seems like a refreshing way of training: small tasks each time, and enjoying the scenery on the way.

Ori Kaplan, OpenLM

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AutoDesk FlexNet feature codes, March 2012

Feature codes

FlexNet (FlexLM) uses a predefined set of codes in order to manage multiple licensed Features. Each of these features is given a unique code, by which FlexNet grants license requests, and keeps track of the license pool.

OpenLM Also makes use of these feature codes during FlexLM reporting in order to monitor and optimize Autodesk license usage. As versions progress and features are added, the code tables need constant updating. The following is a complete list of AutoDesk codes, updated to March 2012. It was taken from Autodesk’s official site.

Autodesk code table

AutoCAD 2013 85871ACD_2013_0F
AutoCAD Architecture 2013 85883ARCHDESK_2013_0F
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 85976CIV3D_2013_0F
AutoCAD Design Suite Premium 2013 85969DSPRM_2013_0F
AutoCAD Design Suite Standard 2013 85970DSSTD_2013_0F
AutoCAD Design Suite Ultimate 2013 85971DSADV_2013_0F
AutoCAD ecscad 2013 85889ECSCAD_2013_0F
AutoCAD Electrical 2013 85890ACAD_E_2013_0F
AutoCAD for Mac 2013 85989ACDMAC_2013_0F
AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite 2013 85958INVLTS_2013_0F
AutoCAD LT 2013 85872ACDLT_2013_0F
AutoCAD LT Civil Suite 2013 85991ACDLTC_2013_0F
AutoCAD LT for Mac 2013  86021ACDLTM_2013_0F
AutoCAD Map 3D 2013 85981MAP_2013_0F
AutoCAD Map 3D Enterprise 2013 85982MAP3DE_2013_0F
AutoCAD Mechanical 2013 85885AMECH_PP_2013_0F
AutoCAD MEP 2013 85887BLDSYS_2013_0F
AutoCAD P&ID 2013 85977PNID_2013_0F
AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013 85978PLNT3D_2013_0F
AutoCAD Raster Design 2013 85952ARDES_2013_0F
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2013 85954REVITS_2013_0F
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2013 85955REVSYP_2013_0F
AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2013 85957REVSU_2013_0F
AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2013 85943STRDET_2013_0F
AutoCAD Utility Design 2013 86027UTLDESN_2013_0F
Autodesk 360 Vault Collaboration 2013 85983VLTC_2013_0F
Autodesk 360 Vault Collaboration AEC 2013 85984VTCAEC_2013_0F
Autodesk 360 Vault Office 2013 85986PCOFFI_2013_0F
Autodesk 360 Vault Professional 2013 85987VLTM_2013_0F
Autodesk 360 Vault Workgroup 2013 85988VLTWG_2013_0F
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 858923DSMAX_2013_0F
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2013 85893MAXDES_2013_0F
Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2013 85918MXECSP_2013_0F
Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite Standard 2013 85920MXECS_2013_0F
Autodesk Alias Automotive 2013 85881AUTOST_2013_0F
Autodesk Alias Design 2013 85896DESNST_2013_0F
Autodesk Alias Surface 2013 85895SURFST_2013_0F
Autodesk Animation Academy 2013 85922AAA_2013_0F
Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2013 85946BDSPRM_2013_0F
Autodesk Building Design Suite Standard 2013 85947BDSS_2013_0F
Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2013 85948BDSADV_2013_0F
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2013 Exclusives 86043ECSPE_2013_0F
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Standard 2013 Exclusives 86044ECSSE_2013_0F
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013 85926ENCSU_2013_0F
Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2013 85965FDSPRM_2013_0F
Autodesk Factory Design Suite Standard 2013 85966FDSS_2013_0F
Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2013 85967FDSADV_2013_0F
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Automatically Release “Orphan” ArcGIS and Autodesk licenses

Users of network licensed ESRI ArcGIS and Autodesk (AutoCAD) applications report cases in which licensed application were closed, but the licenses remained “hanging”, and were not returned to the license pool.

This condition may be caused by broken communication between the FlexLM license server and the workstation on which the application is running, or any other “glitch” for that matter. The answer given by the vendors to this condition is that the system administrator should manually release the checked-out license via the license administrator tool or Flexera’s LMTOOLS UI.

But this is wrong.

This problem does not manifest in any apparent error message or visible notification, so this condition may persist indefinitely. Because of that:

  • There is no way for manually and routinely tracking down and fixing this condition. This condition is only captured when there is an obvious “leak” in the amount of available licenses.
  • On top of not being able to utilize the full extent of the acquired software licenses, this condition may also cause exaggerated billing for users.

An automatic solution for the identifying and fixing this condition is therefore required, and is supplied by OpenLM. On the OpenLM EasyAdmin web application, there is a check box which is configured to do just that. It configures the OpenLM system to track down ArcGIS and Autodesk applications’ licenses which are checked out but not used, and retrieve them.

This option is set active by default. The configuration check box is found as follows:

  • Click the OpenLM ‘Start’ button, and select ‘Administration’. The ‘Administration’ window opens.
  • Select the “Active Agent” icon. The “Active Agent” window opens.
  • Select the “Extension dedicated” tab, and check the “Solve license manager errors” box.

That’s it. You wouldn’t have to worry about hanging “Orphaned” licenses for ArcGIS and Autodesk applications any more.

 

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Guide to update Autodesk Network License Manager IPv6 for 64-bit Windows OS

Requirements: There are certain pre-requisites or requirements which must be fulfilled before upgrading the Autodesk Network License Manager to IPv6 version support.

  • You must have Autodesk Network License Manger already installed on your server before applying IPv6 support update.
  • So, make it sure that installed software is working good otherwise install a new one by referring Network Licensing Guide which is available in Help System.
  • The server must be stopped before carrying out software update or any other administratively critical maintenance activity on Network License Manger server; server should be restarted after the successful completion of activity.
  • You must be logged into the system with administrator rights for stopping, updating and restarting the services on the server.

Limitations: Though this update is very excellent tool but it has following limitations which should be considered while deciding or working with Autodesk Network License Manger.

  • It supports the operating system with 64-bit configuration; supported Operating systems are Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 and 2008 R2 64-bit, Windows Vista® 64-bit and Windows7 64-bit.
  • This supports either a mixed environment of IPv4/IPv6 or IPv6-only.
  • This implementation does not support IPv4 –only environment.

Updating procedure: You must make it sure that all the requirements are fulfilled for upgrade activity. Now follow the step by step task given below for updating the Autodesk Network License Manger for IPv6 support.

  • Download NLM_IPv6Support_Win64.exe file and save on the desk top of the server.
  • One the desktop of the server, right click on LMTOOLS.exe and choose Run as Administrator; the LMTOOLS program will start.
  • On LMTOOLS select ‘start/stop/reread’ tab and choose stop server and wait for 15 seconds, then close the LMTOOLS program. Your server has stopped now.
  • The default location of Autodesk Network License Manager is C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager; you have to locate lmtools.exe, lmutil.exe, lmgrd.exe, and adskflex.exe files to take the backup of Autodesk Network License Manager Files.
  • After taking the backup of above mentioned files, double click the downloaded file NLM_IPv6Support_Win64.exe placed on the desktop of the server.
  • The NLM_IPv6Support_Win64.exe file will be extracted automatically on ‘C:\install\Autodesk\NLMIPv6Support_Win64’ location; extracted updated files are lmtools.exe, lmtools.exe, lmutil.exe, lmgrd.exe, and adskflex.exe.
  • Copy all above mentioned updated files and paste them into existing Autodesk Network License Manager Folder whose default location is C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager\.
  • System will prompt for replacing the existing file; click yes to confirm.
  • Right click again on LMTOOLS.exe available at desktop and choose run as Administrator.
  • On LMTOOLS program click Start/Stop/Reread tab and choose start server tab; this will restart your server with updated support to IPv6 on 64-bit windows operating systems.
  • Close the LMTOOLS program and you are done now.

Based on information from Autodesk website Published date: 2011-Mar-22 ID: DL10976858

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Problem/Error with AutoCAD network license management: “A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager”

Details:

You can face above problem frequently on AutoCAD 2007 based products when you are working in an organization where:

  • Concurrent licensing scheme is implemented through server/client networking mode.
  • Network bandwidth is low.
  • Network latency is high or connected through VPN.

All of the products based on AutoCAD 2007 contain licensing enhancements which tend to increase network latency and bandwidth utilization of the network. Therefore, you can face this problem while trying to claim the license of the program from the License Manager Server. Earlier versions of AutoCAD products i.e. older than 2007 release were not observing this problem. In this problem, first you are presented with a FLEXlm license finder dialogue box during license obtaining process followed by a message stating:

“A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager.

Error [1.5. -15]”

In some other products you can receive a bit different message as given below:

“A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager.

Error [1.5. -18]”

Reasons for Error:

A network throughput or data rate of the link is the main reason for this error especially in case of heavy applications like AutoCAD 2007. Reasons can be summarized as below:

  • Low Bandwidth of the connection i.e. Dial-up connection or low speed ISDN/DSL connection.
  • High Network Latency i.e. VPN
  • Response waiting time of the application/program

One or more of the above reasons can be the root cause of this problem. This problem has recommended solutions which given below.

Solutions:

  • Recommended solution for this problem is either increase in the bandwidth of the connection or decrease in the network latency or enhancement in both parameters.
  • By modification of the response waiting time counter/value which is used as the last resort for the solution of this problem. This is a stepwise procedure to modify the response waiting time counter. Here is the stepwise procedure for the same:
  1. Right click My Computer and choose properties.
  2. On system property dialogue box choose advanced tab.
  3. Click on the environment Variables
  4. On environment variable dialogue box choose system variables field and hit the new button
  5. A new system variable dialogue box with two fields appears; put “FLEXLM_TIMEOUT” in variable name and put 1000000 in variable value field.
  6. Click OK on all three dialogue boxes to close them
  7. Launch the AutoCAD application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the problem persists, increase the variable value in multiples of 1000000 micro seconds and reach to the value which gives you satisfactory communication results.

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