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How to do software reporting for Autodesk Network Licenses

Whether it’s in preparation of Autodesk Named User transition or in consideration of upgrading from point products such as AutoCAD to an Industry Collection; for administrators interested in gaining insights into utilization of their Autodesk “multi-user” (Network) licenses, there are a few options available for reporting or interpreting the data from the Network License Manager (LMTOOLS).

JTB Flex Report provides the most advanced set of reporting tools to understand how the different products are being used within an organization, at a specific instant or over time. A video demonstration of the reporting capabilities is below:

To purchase a copy of JTB Flex Report, please email our Sales Team indicating interest and the number of Network Licenses that are managed.

JTB Flex Report LT contains a subset of the functionality and  is free, but only provides a report for the current usage of a product.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to install additional software, you can ‘Perform a Status Enquiry’ within the ‘Server Status’ tab of LMTOOLS, which will generate a text report of the licenses that are currently checked-out.

To understand the text report, it is helpful to have the FLEXnet feature codes for the Autodesk products handy for reference. Since most subscriptions come with multiple versions of a single product, or various products within a Suite or Collection, it is helpful to understand how all of these licenses will appear in the report generated by ‘Perform Status Enquiry.’

Consider AutoCAD 2020 (87224ACD_2020_0F). This product can be part of a subscription to:

  1. AutoCAD 2020
  2. AutoCAD 2021
  3. AutoCAD Including Specialized Toolsets
  4. Architecture Engineering & Construction Collection
  5. Building Design Suite
  6. etc.

As an example, let’s say Company Vandalay Industries has:

-6 subscriptions of the AEC Collection

-10 subscriptions of AutoCAD

If no users have pulled licenses when clicking ‘Perform Status Enquiry’, then the report will show something like:

Feature usage info:
Users of 86815AECCOL_T_F:  (Total of 6 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)
Users of 64300ACD_T_F:  (Total of 10 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)

Users of 87224ACD_2020_0F:  (Total of 16 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)

Since the AEC Collection includes AutoCAD, the total number of AutoCAD 2020 licenses is:

6 (from AEC) + 10 (from ACD) = 16 licenses

When users open AutoCAD 2020, each and every license used will be noted under Feature Code 87224ACD_2020_0F, and will be consumed from subscription products in the following order:

  1. Individual Product (subscription license)
  2. Individual Product (perpetual license)
  3. Industry Collection
  4. Suite (subscription license)
  5. Suite (perpetual license)

Therefore if 13 users from Vanadlay Industries open AutoCAD 2020 on the office network, the report will then show:

Feature usage info:
Users of 86815AECCOL_T_F:  (Total of 6 licenses issued;  Total of 3 licenses in use)
Users of 64300ACD_T_F:  (Total of 10 licenses issued;  Total of 10 licenses in use)

Users of 87224ACD_2020_0F:  (Total of 16 licenses issued;  Total of 13 licenses in use)

For companies that subscribe to software through Microsol Resources, our Technical Support staff can help to interpret the Status Enquiry report if generated and saved to a text document, per the GIF above.

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Joseph joined Microsol Resources in 2019 as an AEC Application Specialist. Joseph has a B.S. Degree in Electromechanical Engineering, and a Master of Architecture from Iowa State University. In his free time, he loves camping under dark skies and taking photos of nature.