Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Previous Version support for Autodesk Point products

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From Autodesk’s Knowledge base: TS1085008

Understanding Previous Version support for Autodesk Point products

Issue

You are a Subscription customer who has received an Autodesk license file containing a PACKAGE increment for your network Autodesk Point (non-Suite) product and you would like to understand more about Previous Version support and how it affects license consumption in your pool of available licenses.

Solution

Previous Version support is an exclusive benefit to Subscription customers that allows you to run the current version of an Autodesk product plus the three previous versions of that same product. For network products, Previous Version support is provided via PACKAGE increments in the Autodesk license files. Here is an example of a PACKAGE increment for AutoCAD 2012, which includes the feature codes for AutoCAD 2012 through AutoCAD 2009:
SERVER myserver 12345678abcd
USE_SERVER
VENDOR adskflex port=2080
PACKAGE 64300ACD_F adskflex 1.000 COMPONENTS="85730ACD_2012_0F \
    85536ACD_2011_0F 71200ACD_2010_0F 57600ACD_2009_0F
" \
    OPTIONS=SUITE SUPERSEDE ISSUED=11-Mar-2011 SIGN="0A16 AA48 D7D7 3F0F 6725 B01B 2E1B B7DB CC2E B13B 57C6 4069 F07A 8B10 D066 015C B7B7 F254 23B8 8C90 2B05 95D8 6977 4573 9FE8 3778 E2B0 3E3C 37D7 9A25" SIGN2="0941 23D1 7440 CFA3 FEAF A59F FF0A 991D 9B96 7828 E4D9 4599 EFED 67AB 64AF 1E5C C7F8 25F0 31E5 C80F 1F34 EEE6 8482 8FB8 3D4A 9C7A 4E76 5EDA 0257 37D9"

License Consumption:

Although Previous Version support allows Subscription customers to run the current plus three previous versions of the same network product, it does not grant additional licenses. Each unique product version still consumes a single license when launched.

For example, if you have a package license for two seats of AutoCAD 2012, the following scenarios can be expected:

  • You can install and run AutoCAD 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.
  • Two computers, each running AutoCAD 2012, will consume two licenses. No licenses will be available for other users.
  • One computer, running AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD 2011 simultaneously, will consume two licenses. No licenses will be available for other users.
  • One computer, running three instances of AutoCAD 2009 will consume only one license. One license will still be available for other users.
  • See also Prior version support and license usage of Autodesk 2012 Suite products and Package licenses and prior version support

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