How to Install AutoCAD R14 on a Network


The network version of AutoCAD 14 allows a Microsoft workstation or server to manage and distribute a finite number of AutoCAD licenses among an unlimited number of CAD Stations. This option gives users more flexibility for managing "productivity per license of AutoCAD" than the stand-alone version. For example, a company with 8 full-time AutoCAD users and 5 managers who check drawings using AutoCAD may decide to buy 10 licenses. The company would deploy 13 copies of the network version to all the necessary workstations. After the first 10 users have opened a session of AutoCAD, if an 11th user attempts to open a session of AutoCAD, he/she would be denied access since all the available licenses are currently in use. Note: multiple sessions of AutoCAD open on one machine still use only one license.

Preparation for Installation:

There are three parts to the network version of AutoCAD: the AutoDesk License Manager, the actual executable AutoCAD files, and the network deployment location. In addition, there are two types of network installation: one which runs the AutoCAD executable files over the network, and one which runs AutoCAD locally from each machine but handles licensing over the network. The first option (running over the network) is ideal for a small number of users (<15) since the AutoCAD files need to be installed on only one machine (thus maximizing disk space on the local machines). As the number of users increase, however, performance becomes an issue, and one must choose whether or not to sacrifice speed for disk space. The three parts of the network installation may be installed all on the same machine or on different machines. Most users will choose to put all three on the same machine. Again, if performance is an issue (a large number of users >50), one may decide to run the License Manager separately from the executables. The license manager must be installed on a Microsoft workstation or server - it will not run from a Novell or Unix server.

Installation Procedure

The actual installation is not difficult. Simply run the setup program \\netsetup\setup.exe located on the CD-ROM disc. Follow the installation procedures outlined in the "AutoCAD 14 Installation Guide." A couple notes: if the full version of AutoCAD is being installed locally on each machine, there is an option of installing in "Silent Mode." It is much quicker to use the silent mode option. The only advantage to not using this option (and it may be a big advantage) is that without silent mode, a different path and different directory names may be specified on each machine. If installing in silent mode, the same directory and path are used on every machine. If the executables are being run over the network, "Silent Mode" must be run. In addition, there is no option to specify a directory for the few configuration files which are stored on the local machines - AutoCAD defaults to C:\ACADR14. This directory can be renamed and moved after the installation is complete without harming the installation, but remember to update the shortcuts.

During the installation, the path to the ADLM (license manager files) directory must be specified to a drive on the local machine. "Deployment Locations" are also specified (and may be placed on any machine on the network). These are the locations from which the local workstations will launch their individual setup programs. Different deployment locations for different types of installations may be set up (i.e. full versus compact, complete local installation versus network execution, silent mode versus interactive...). Before installation, be prepared to specify the directories listed above. Also, there must be enough disk space for a full installation of AutoCAD on whichever computers will serve as deployment locations, whichever computers will serve AutoCAD over the network (if any), and whichever computers will receive the full version of AutoCAD (if any).

To complete the installation, a short setup program must be run from each workstation which wishes to use the network version of AutoCAD. From the local workstation, browse to the appropriate deployment location for that machine, and run the setup.exe program. As soon as the network licensing has been properly authorized and the License Manager utility has been started, AutoCAD may be run from that workstation.

Licensing Network AutoCAD

To begin the process of licensing the network version of AutoCAD, run the AdLM Admin program located in the Autodesk License Manager program group on the AutoCAD license server. A very long "Server Code" will be generated and displayed that is specific to your copy of AutoCAD and to the machine it was installed on. Call Autodesk to obtain an Authorization Code (1-800-551-1490 at the time of this document). Be prepared to offer the following information: Company name, contact names, phone and fax numbers, dealer information, the Server Code, the number of licenses purchased, serial numbers of the new version of AutoCAD and old versions if an upgrade was purchased, and a very good reason if an Authorization Code has already been issued for this copy of AutoCAD. The Autodesk representative will generate an Authorization Code: it is much longer than the code for stand-alone versions - copy it down and read it back to the representative. Enter the code under the "Key" description in the AdLM utility. The number of available licenses will be displayed.

Before running a session of AutoCAD, the License Manager service must be started. Only an administrator may begin this program. Go to Control Panel AdLM. Choose automatic startup and click on "Launch" to start the service. Choose OK. AutoCAD may now be run from the client machines and the License Manager will manage the network licenses.