How Revit Network Version Works

There seems to be a misunderstanding of how Revit (well all Autodesk products for that matter) runs in a network environment but it’s really quite a simple process. 

Understand that CADD programs are too large and to processor intensive to run across your network as they would grind all network traffic to a halt, therefore CADD programs need to be installed on the users local computer & not on the server.  There is a very small program that sits on the server and sends a tiny file to each users computer to track license checkout status.  When determining the number of licensed seats a company needs to purchase the question is not how many users we have corporately but rather how many users need to be running the software concurrently.

This means that you may actually deploy 10 installations throughout your CADD department but only purchase 8 network licenses.  While all 10 machines are capable to run the software only 8 may be in use concurrently.

system requirements for autodesk products

You certainly want to make sure that your system can run the applications efficiently, one of the things your corporate principals want to guard against is the amount of lost time that can accumulate due to inadequate system performance. Things like a simple 3 second pause waiting for a screen regen multiplied by the number of times we pan around a project file can add up to a full day or week amazingly quickly. The dollar value in lost productivity in wages along soon justifies the cost of a properly specified CADD system. (Just a side note that any serious CADD system should include dual monitors.)

As I don’t know the software package you have I have included a couple links to the various system requirements that Autodesk has published. Of course it just as a wise decision that your BIM/CAD Manager be involved with IT during the purchase of new CADD systems as it is for IT to be present in our BIM project implementations.

System Requirements: Autodesk 2014 Suites

System Requirements: Autodesk Products (all years)

Find License Number

For Autodesk products finding the license information is pretty easy.  First, under the help menu click on the “About” line to bring up the synopsis dialog which shows the license number information on the top left corner.

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about dialog

 

More information about your license is available by clicking the Product Information on the top right which will bring up the full information dialog

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and the save as button will save a .txt file of this information in the event you need to send it to Autodesk for trouble shooting purposes.

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Using a Licensed Product at Home

A little excerpt from the Autodesk End User License Agreement for clarity:

ii) Home Use Rights

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the applicable Autodesk Software License , during the Subscription Term and subject to the requirements set forth in this Section 2.C.(ii), You may Install or permit an employee to install a second copy of the Covered Software during the Subscription Term on a Computer located in the Territory but away from Your business site, including a work-provided or personally owned Computer located at an employee’s home, to be used solely for Your own internal business needs, in accordance with the applicable Autodesk Software License, which internal business needs may include, but are not limited to, employee training and education with respect to the Covered Software. The copy of the Covered Software Installed at Your work location is referred to as being subject to the “Primary License” and the copy of the Covered Software Installed away from Your work location is referred to as being subject to the “Home Use License”. Home Use Licenses are not available for all Covered Software or in all countries.

Your Home Use is subject to all of the following:

(a) You may Install Home Use copies of the Covered Software only up to the total authorized scope of use or quantity as determined the Applicable License Metrics for the Covered Software You have under a current Subscription;

(b) You must obtain the appropriate authorization codes for the Home Use License from Autodesk, as specified below;

(c) Covered Software subject to the Home Use License may not be Accessed concurrently with Covered Software subject to the Primary License;

(d) Your Home Use rights commence on the date of the issuance of the authorization code for a Home Use License from Autodesk and continue for a period of thirteen (13) months from such date, at which time the Covered Software subject to the Home Use License will cease to function;

(e) Home Use Licenses are not subject to being upgraded with new Upgrades, will not be replaced by Autodesk if lost, stolen or destroyed, and may be requested only for the current release and the two preceding releases of the Covered Software;

(f) Support is not available for Covered Software subject to Home Use Licenses, though it remains available for Covered Software subject to Primary Licenses;

(g) Covered Software subject to a Home Use License must be the same localization and release as the Covered Software subject to the corresponding Primary License;

(h) Home Use of Covered Software by an employee must terminate if that employee leaves Your employment, and continued Home Use of Software by a former employee shall constitute a breach of this Subscription Agreement and of Your Autodesk Software License; and

(i) requests for Home Use Licenses may be submitted solely by Your Software Coordinator or Contract Manager, in accordance with the following process:

Process for Obtaining Home Use Licenses. If the Primary License is for a Stand-alone Version or is subject to a Stand-alone License pursuant to the applicable Autodesk Software License, You may use the media in Your possession to install the Home Use License for the Covered Software. Once the Stand-alone Version or Stand-alone License Home Use License is installed You must obtain an authorization code from Autodesk. Stand-alone Version or Stand-alone License Home Use Licenses will have the same serial number as the corresponding Primary License.

If the Primary License is for a Network Version or is subject to a Network License pursuant to the applicable Autodesk Software License, You must complete and submit a Home Use License Application to Autodesk. Following receipt of a properly completed Home Use License Application, Autodesk will provide You with a companion serial number that can be used to Install the Home Use License. Once You have installed the Home Use License, You must obtain an authorization code from Autodesk. Note that a Home Use License and the corresponding Network Version or Network License Primary License will have a different serial number, and the Home Use License will be a Stand-alone Version or Stand-alone License, as applicable.

Autodesk is under no obligation to provide new media for Covered Software subject to a Home Use License, and if media is requested and provided, additional fees may apply. If no new media is provided, You must use Your existing media for Installing Covered Software subject to Home Use Licenses, whether the Covered Software subject to the corresponding Primary License is a Stand-alone Version, Stand-alone License or a Network Version or Network License.

End User License Agreement (explanation of the 3rd Stand-Alone License)

1. Stand-alone (Individual) License.  If the License Identification identifies the License Type as a “Stand-alone License” or as an “Individual License,” Licensee may Install a single primary copy of the specific release of the Licensed Materials designated in the applicable License Identification on one (1) Computer, on a Stand-alone Basis, and permit Access to such primary copy of the Licensed Materials solely by Licensee’s Personnel, and solely for Licensee’s Internal Business Needs.  Licensee may also Install a single additional copy of such Licensed Materials on one (1) additional Computer, on a Stand-alone Basis; provided that (i) such additional copy of the Licensed Materials is Accessed solely by the same person as the primary copy; (ii) such person is Licensee (if Licensee is an individual) or an employee of Licensee; (iii) such person Accesses the additional copy solely to perform work while away from that person’s usual work location and solely for Licensee’s Internal Business Needs; and (iv) the primary and additional copies are not Accessed at the same time.  Stand-alone (Individual) License is for a perpetual term, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement.