1. Download and install the NLM (Network Licensing Manager) for Windows:
Open the lmtools.exe and make a note of the hostname and etherne address of the license server.
2. To get your license and you will need to have your Serial Number, Hostname and Ethernet Address ready:
a. Login to the Subscription Center and go to Contract Administration > Coverage Report to get your serial numbers:
b. Login to Register Once to get your license.
c. Validate your account information.
d. Enter your serial number.
e. Enter your license server information.
NOTE: If you have more than 1 serial number to request a license, just click on Save License File and Register and activate more products button at the bottom of the page to repeat the licensing process wizard again.
If there is a problem with registering the product, you can also call this phone number to manually get your licenses.
1-800-551-1490 - Option 1 (ENU) - Option 2 (Network).
3. You will need to configure and start the license server the EASY way!
a. Watch this video: Quick-Setup-lmtools as a review.
b. You will need to enable file extensions in Windows because you will need to create the .lic & .log file.
c. Setup the lmtools.exe as noted below:
Service/License Tab > Configuration using Services
Config Services Tab > Autodesk (delete "Flexlm Service 1") > I like using Autodesk because it is not version specific and this service can be used for all Autodesk products.
The settings for the 3 line items in the Config Services Tab is: (The example is for 3DS Max 2013.)
C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager\lmgrd.exe
C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager\Max2013.lic
C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager\Max 2013.log
You need to check ON both Start Server at Power Up and Use Services as well.
To start the license server, you will need to goto the Start/Stop/Reread Tab and hit the following buttons in order, Stop Server, Start Server, Re-Read License button.
NOTE: I would not create a License or Log folder because I hate navigating the folders to the lmgrd.exe, the license and log files. Also by naming the files exactly the same, you know that the are together like brother and sister.
Also, do NOT use the Server Diagnostics tab or you will get a "false" error:
4. Please check the firewall port numbers quickly and easily on Server and Client computers by putting this in Internet Explorer:
We get a lot of customers mentioning that they can ping the license server but that is not the most accurate method of checking the license server status!
5. If you are setting up a Firewall exception for Autodesk Network Licensing, you will need to know the following:
- Port 2080 is used for the adskflex.exe
- Port 27000-27009 is used for the lmgrd.exe
The default license file will start with the following 3 lines:
SERVER Your-SERVER-name 0025b3282c6b
VENDOR adskflex port=2080
Firewall Exception rules are as noted below:
- Incoming > Add Port > Name: Autodesk 2080 > Port Number: 2080 > Protocol TCP
- Incoming > Add Port > Name: Autodesk 27000-27009 > Port Number: 27000 -27009 > Protocol TCP
- Click and select Control Panel.
- Click System and Security.
- Click Windows Firewall.
- Click Advanced Settings.
- Click Inbound Rules and select New Rule.
- Select Port and click Next.
- Select TCP.
- Specific Local Ports: 2080 and click Next.
- Choose Default settings and click Next.
- Choose Default settings and click Next.
- Enter a Name and Description of the rule. i.e. Autodesk 2080
- Click Finish.
TIP: This is an incoming rule because a firewall is like your house, you can leave but you can't come in unless you have a key (or have a Firewall Incoming rule).
6. Checking the client computers license file.
In some cases, you can also add an the following as an environment variable as well. I typically don't do this if you have correctly edited the licpath.lic file. This would be an optional tip/step.
If you launch the product and you get the FlexNET License finder and a -15 Error when launching the product:
Please add the following environment variable on the client workstation:
7. If everything looks good from step 3, 4, 5 & 6 and the client still cannot connect to the server and the licpath.lic* file has an entry to the correct server name, you will need to setup IPv6 tools.
*You can search for licpath.lic in C:\Program Files\Autodesk\ and edit using notepad to change the server name.
The typical upgrade process is to install the IPv4 license tools first then run the IPv6 update. The workflow is below:
1. Install the Network Lcense Manager tools as noted in the VERY top of this post.
2. I like to create an IPv4 folder in C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager and then move all the .exe files into that folder. This is to backup the older files.
3. Download and Extract the IPv6 license tools.
- Double-click the NLM_IPv6Support_Win##.exe file on your desktop.The IPv6 Support files, lmtools.exe, lmutil.exe, lmgrd.exe, and adskflex.exe, are extracted to C:\install\Autodesk\NLMIPv6Support_Win##.
- Copy the new IPv6 Support files from C:\install\Autodesk\NLMIPv6Support_Win## to the location where your existing Autodesk Network License Manager is installed. i.e. C:\Program Files\Autodesk Network License Manager
4. To confirm if you are running the IPv6 of license tools, just check out the IP address field of lmtools.exe interface.
IPv4 Interface - lmtools.exe
IPv6 interface - lmtools.exe
NOTE: If the server is 32 bit, the IP address will look the same. The screen capture above is on a 64 bit operating system.