The High Cost of ACAD Abandoning Network Licenses

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Did you receive a notice from Autodesk that after August 7, 2020 AutoCAD network licenses and maintenance for perpetual licences will be discontinued?

Autodesk is transitioning entirely to a licensing scheme of individually named users that must maintain an online subscription rather than using a network license or perpetual serial number. This change means that maintenance plans on perpetual licenses and network licensing (FlexLM) will no longer be supported.

While the one-time trade-in ‘promotion’ of one network seat for two standard named user subscriptions may seem enticing at first, you will be required to

  • Buy additional subscriptions if you have three or more users that share a network license
  • Pay again for all the licenses at subscription renewal + the additional $300 cost of Single sign-on (SSO)
  • Decide before Aug 7th 2020 if you want to accept the one-time trade-in offer
  • Deal with the increased workload burden to manage named-user licenses vs. the convenience of a single volume network license

For some, this new licensing scheme will result in an increase in subscription licensing cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, starting Aug 7th 2020. Do you already know what the impact will be on your CAD budget?

There is a solution.

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BricsCAD has an easy to deploy and manage Network License Server and even supports roaming for extra convenience.

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