As a CAD/BIM manager, do you find managing network and multi-user licenses to be one of the biggest challenges you face? You know, controlling factors like who can access certain products, how long people can check-out/borrow licenses, recovering licenses of people who leave the office with AutoCAD or Revit still running…just to name a few.

What is an options file?

Authoring and deploying an options file is the solution for each of these scenarios. You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of an options file, as it’s an optional component of the Autodesk Network License Manager. Although a default license server configuration gives you little control over the way your network and multi-user licenses are accessed, an options file gives you a vast array of – well options. Your options include the ability to:

  • Create a report log
  • Control license borrowing behavior
  • Regulate how long a license can be in use
  • Reserve licenses for specific users or systems
  • Restrict access to certain licenses
  • Control license recovery for idle products

Jumpstart with our Options File Template

Though the power and versatility of an options file are virtually endless, getting the syntax and structure right can be a challenge of its own. To help address this very challenge, we’ve added a new Options File Template to the CAD Manager Content Pack on the CADD Community. It includes every possible option of an options file, with the proper structure and syntax, along with easy-to-implement instructions for each.

Find this, and seven additional content packs only on the CADD Community under: CADD Downloads – Content Packs – CAD Manager Content Pack.

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