As several posts here state, it used to be possible to switch the appropriate registry key and change the licensing type of an existing installation of AutoCAD. However, this method has never been officially supported, and (as also mentioned above) the only Autodesk-supported method is to remove the standalone-licensed installation and then reinstall the product as network-licensed. (This all, of course, assumes that you purchased a network license for the product and that you have a license server configured and serving up licenses.)
This process became infinitely easier after the 2007 version. Previously, you did have to create a network deployment and install your program once that had been accomplished. However, now when you get to the dialog where you review the settings for the installation, click the 'Configure' button and set it for network licensing, give it the information about your network license server, and that's it. During the installation, a LICPATH.LIC file is automatically generated and it will point your AutoCAD installation to the specified license server.
Just to clarify, Zack has said after 2007 you just have to uninstall, and change the install type, so there is no additional fee? Does that work with all versions of 2010?
My reply was an effort to just define what you had to do, from a purely physical standpoint, to change from a standalone to a network-licensed installation of the program. You do still need to actually have purchased a network license of the program. In no way did I mean to imply that there is no cost associated with changing license types. I'm on the support end of the world, so licensing costs and such aren't really my bag.
The good folks in the Autodesk Business Center (ABC) will have that sort of information. Their phone number is 1(800)538-6401.
Do you know how I would change from Network back to Standalone? It keeps saying my Product keys are invalid, I just need this to be installed on a couple of PCs. I have two standalone Licenses for Inventor Series 11. Seems like it would work with the serial numbers on the box. but it is not activating. Any Ideas?
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