My next series of eNews posts are going to revolve around Autodesk licensing. Understanding your Autodesk licensing is as important as understanding what the best CAD product for your business is. Having the wrong installation or over activating your licenses can affect your bottom line.

I’ll start by the differences between standalone (SLM) and network NLM installations of Autodesk products. Both have their benefits but knowing which one works best for your organization can save you some serious headaches.

Autodesk licensing can easily be misunderstood. If you are managing multiple users, knowing what products you have and where they are installed is important. Keeping track of your installations can be a daunting task. Losing track of installations and having them run rampant can get you audited, which can be stressful and expensive. One of the common reasons a company gets audited by Autodesk, is because they are unaware that their licenses have been over installed.

Ultimately, you will have to decide whether a standalone or network installation is the best fit for your operation. Here is an easy litmus test:

If you must manage, multiple installations go with Network licenses.

Here are some reasons why:

  • License are granted as needed only
  • Able to install everything, everywhere
  • License not tied to workstation hardware
  • Supports the four latest versions (with Subscription)
  • Have centralized license control
  • Workstations cannot be over licensed
  • Access to usage reports and logs
  • Access to license borrowing
  • Works through VPN
  • Single serial number per product
  • Lower cost of ownership for part-time users (fewer licenses necessary)
  • Deploy with no need to activate
  • Can retire and replace hardware without worry
  • One file with all the serial numbers and seat counts
  • Easy license compliance

Standalone installations have their benefits. If you’re working by yourself of you’re constantly on the go a standalone license may be a good fit for you.

Here are some the other benefits:

  • Cheaper
  • No network necessary
  • No license manager necessary
  • Software will still run disconnected from the network
  • Install at home too (non-concurrent usage)

My next post will address activating your Autodesk product.

Take care.

One Response to “NLM vs. SLM”

  1. Do Not Over Activate Your AutoCAD « Total CAD Systems' Blog Says:

    […] the last eNews, I outlined the major differences between Standalone installations and network installations. One […]

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