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*Shaw, Roger D.
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adlm

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01-31-2000 10:48 AM
Is anyone using the Autodesk License Manager?

If So....

What are the pros to using it?

What are the cons to using it?

Can i run it on an old workstation by itself as a license or does it
have to be on the server?

can acad be loaded locally and still access adlm on the license manager?

Just a few questions
thanks for your time and comments

Roger D. Shaw
caddtech@netjax.com
*Nehls, Kevin
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Re: adlm

01-31-2000 11:10 AM in reply to: *Shaw, Roger D.
> Is anyone using the Autodesk License Manager?
Yes. You must if you want floating licenses.

>
> If So....
>
> What are the pros to using it?
Ease of administration and control over the licenses. It's easy to add
new licenses. You can have floating license so that you don't have to
purchase a license for every person that you want to use the Autodesk
product. For instance if you have 4 part time users you may only need 2
licenses.

>
> What are the cons to using it?
I suppose that there are some cons to using it, as I have heard people
complaining about it. You have to install it on a Windows operating system
(preferably NT). It would also be wise to make sure that your network is
in good working order as I have seen that a lot of the complaints almost
always to back to the health of the network.

>
> Can i run it on an old workstation by itself as a license or does it
> have to be on the server?
It can be run on an old workstation, I would definetly install it on a
system that is running NT and I believe that you need at least service pack
3. If you ever plan on turning the workstation off, then I would probably
install the AdLM on a server, you can have the distribution directory
placed on another server or on the old workstation if you wish.

>
> can acad be loaded locally and still access adlm on the license manager?
I believe so, I haven't tried it as my current server isn't robust enough
(we are going to be upgrading, but it will be a server and not a
workstation so AutoCAD will not be run on it anyhow).

>

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*Burgasser, Drew
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Re: adlm

02-02-2000 08:13 PM in reply to: *Shaw, Roger D.
> What are the pros to using it?

1. The ability to share licenses.
2. Quick and simple installation.
3. The ability to monitor AutoCAD usage.

> What are the cons to using it?

1. If the ADLM computer goes down, nobody gets to use AutoCAD.
2. If the network goes down, nobody gets to use AutoCAD.
3. If you change network configuration parameters on the computer running
the ADLM, the server code may change and you'll have to get new
authorization codes.
4. If a computer is not connected to the network (laptop), that user cannot
use AutoCAD.
5. If your network protocols, ethernet connections, etc are not in good
working order, users may not be able to get a license and use AutoCAD.
6. The computer running the ADLM cannot be a remote access server or a DHCP
client, and it cannot be multihomed.
7. Keeping track of your master and license pack serial numbers can
sometimes be a pain.
8. You don't get manuals by default with license pack purchases. This may
be a pro if you like to save trees.

> Can i run it on an old workstation by itself as a license or does it
> have to be on the server?

You can run the ADLM on an NT Server, Novell Server, NT Workstation, Windows
95, and Windows 98. NT or Novell is preferred.

> can acad be loaded locally and still access adlm on the license manager?

Absolutely. This is the preferred method for optimum performance. But you
still have to install AutoCAD from network deployment locations. You can't
convert stand-alones to network.

Good luck,

Drew Burgasser
CAD Masters, Inc.
www.cadmasters.com
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