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AutoCAD Over RDP License Question

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04-28-2012 03:28 PM

Assume a standard one seat, non-network, AutoCAD 2013 license installed on a single workstation running Windows 7 Enterprise. 


Is it a license violation to access this workstation from another workstation via Windows RDP for the purpose of running the AutoCAD application?  (By definition, no more than one person can remotely access this system at one time)


The license fine print seems to indicate that it would be a license violation.  I've seen some traffic on this forum which suggests that maybe it is not.  Basically we have two, maybe three people who occasionally need to use this application.  Rather than have them take turns walking to the one workstation where the application is installed it would be nice to let them RDP to the workstation (yes video performance may not be great, but we are dealing wiht mostly just 2D schematics, etc.)


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Re: AutoCAD Over RDP License Question

04-29-2012 01:00 AM in reply to: dale.magnant



first: i'm no lawer and second: to be really sure if it's allowed or not ask your dealer or Autodesk.


And even if anyone here states 'it is allowed' that does not help you anything if Autodesk takes you to court. This statement here will not help you then.


Just my 2c, - alfred -

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Re: AutoCAD Over RDP License Question

05-01-2012 07:59 AM in reply to: dale.magnant

This does indeed violate the EULA.  You can use the LTU to move the license between two users.  Or you can get a network activation and allow them to share the single seat via a license manager.  If you want to use a virtual or remote solution and not violate the EULA, then you need to use Citrix and request special network licensing for the product. 



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Re: AutoCAD Over RDP License Question

05-01-2012 11:59 PM in reply to: dale.magnant

Hello Dale,

                 there is a better methode for remote use of Autocad. You can use HP's RGS software. See


It is fast, a good performance with the use of graphical hardware on you cad workstation.

1 license on the workstation you have to pay (sender) The other user (reader) software is without cost.

Real-Time Collaboration

Share a single workstation with multiple users simultaneously — view-only or full interactive access.

Tried it for al a month free!



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