I’ve been meaning to say a word about this for a while but just my recent piling tasks pushed me further and further from it. Now, after I got two back to back phone calls with the same question I though it’s time to blog about it. Here is the deal.
Some customers have Infrastructure Design Suites (IDS) installed with appropriate license and also Civil 3D and AutoCAD with its own licenses.
For instance: Your company has 2 licenses for IDS and 1 for each AutoCAD and Civil 3D (so total of 4 licenses for AutoCAD or Civil 3D). If you launch Civil 3D or AutoCAD on two machines it will grab 2 IDS licenses. But if the third machine tries to open Civil 3D or AutoCAD it may get a message stating that there are no licenses available.
So the answer to this lies in the following link. If you have similar environment you must install Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Network License Hotfix.
“…This hotfix addresses a possible issue with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 pulling the incorrect license at launch. This hotfix should be applied to all machines that have AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 installed, regardless of whether it was installed as part of a suite or as a point products (not part of a suite)…”
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