Autodesk License Management27 Oct, 2010 By: Robert Green
CAD Manager's Toolbox: This tip can help you manage license servers across multiple offices.
Reader Andrea Andreetti of DuctiSoft provided a great tip for managing multiple Autodesk license servers in various offices.
Find this key in the Windows registry:
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager\ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE"
You can now enter your FLEXlm port number using this format:
"Port number @ IP address" of the server where the FLEXlm is installed. (example firstname.lastname@example.org)
But you can also put in several numbers for your branch offices such as:
email@example.com is your office in Halifax
firstname.lastname@example.org is your office in Ottawa
email@example.com is your office in Montreal
Which would look like this entered into the registry key:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
The second server will take over if there are no more licenses available on the first one.
If you're familiar with AutoLISP, you can use the following code to achieve the same result:
(setq cadlic (vl-registry-read "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\FLEXlm License Manager" "ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE"))
(if (/= cadlic (setq iplic "email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com"))
(vl-registry-write "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\FLEXlm License Manager" "ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE" iplic))
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