I think you should be able to come up with a number of engineers that need the more expensive suite and just reserve that number of seats for them. Then when they use any version, they always have it. Anyone else will get whatever is left of the rest.
Thanks for the advice Travis, but I don't think I'll pass it on.
If there are 2 "cheap" licenses, 2 "expensive" licenses, 4 users who all start work at the same time, and they all need something from the "expensive" license during the day, then there's no way that "dynamic licensing" can work. I think that was the answer I was looking for unless you think otherwise?
Reserving the higher value licenses for a special group of users is a bit pointless because that's a chunk of the available license pool that is unavailable to anyone other than those users. If one or more of the elite users goes away for a time, that's a valuable resource just doing nothing.
If you think that upgrading to 2014 is the solution, think again. Try 2xPDSS and 2xPDSP. 4 users, all in different offices. All 4 users want to use AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor at some point during the day. This is a reasonable scenario? But it just doesn't work does it. There is no way you could possibly describe this as "dynamic" licensing.
No. I think the conclusion here is that "dynamic licensing" is a misleading description at best. You get the cheapest license available at the time you log in, and you have no way of knowing which license you have taken. And that's it.
Thanks again for your help though. I'm feeling somewhat disappointed and not looking forward to explaining it all on site. At least I have a much better understanding of how it works.
Some of the properties of the client's license are shown in the Help icon menu > About command > Product Information dialog. Additional details can also be accessed by performing a status enquiry using lmtools on the network license server. I hope this information will make it a little easier to determine which users are consuming the higher-level licenses.