How to install a Autodesk Network License (Part 1 of 2)


Firstly, there are many variables when you install a Autodesk network installation . The following process in a nutshell, is the typical one. The installation is broken up into two parts: (1) Installation of the server and (2) Installation of the client.

Part 1 – Installation of Server.

As the software uses a server for managing the licenses you’ll need to download, install and set up the Network License Manager application and install the application on a server that is always on. The first step is the prepare for the installation by:

Requesting the license file:

First identify a server machine and then get the host name. You can get the host name from the Windows Control Panel -> System area. Use the PC name without the domain name extensions.

Then the next and final step is to get the server’s Ethernet address (also known as Mac Address) of the primary LAN interface. This is done by accessing the Windows/Dos shell via CMD command and using the ipconfig/all command.

Now visit and log in using your Autodesk details. If you don’t have an Autodesk username and password, you can contact your Autodesk reseller to add your email address to the software license you are trying to install via their Partner Centre portal. Or you can create a username and password on this log in screen.

Once logged in follow the prompts imputing the host name and mac address. You can then generate and download the license file.

Now Download NLM tools

Here is the link to download the latest NLM tools: (the latest manager can be used for earlier versions of Autodesk software as its backward compatible.)

Installation and setup of NLM tools

Before installing make sure your UAC is turn off. (User Account Control in Control Panel) and also all AV scanners are turned off temporarily. (Anti-Virus scanners)

Step 1

Make sure the NLM tools is installed on the following directory: C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager

Step 2

Copy the attached license file generated earlier into this installation directory:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager

Step 3

Create a log file in this same directory and call it log.log ( note that is should not have a .txt file extension)

Step 4

Open NLM tools and go to the config Service Tab. Do the following. See image below.

  1. Click each of the Browse buttons and browse and select the appropriate file as listed on the left e.g.: lmgrd.exe, .lic file and .log file you set up earlier.
  2. Tick both boxes at the bottom of the dialogue.
  3. Click Save Service.

step 4

Step 5

Go to the Start/Stop/Reread tab. See image below.

  1. Click the Stop server button. Wait 5 sec.
  2. Click the Reread button. Wait 5 sec.
  3. Click the Start button. Wait 5 sec.

step 5

Step 6

Go to the Server Status tab. See image below.

Click the Perform status button and look at the log. If should say that the license server is UP and if you scroll down should say that you have licenses available and 0 in use.

step 6

Once this is done your server is set up.