Transitioning Your Licenses to Autodesk’s Named Users

Autodesk is moving to a named user subscription model, which provides dedicated access for users, and simplified license management. Transitioning licenses to named users can be done in six steps. Our goal at CADD Microsystems is to provide you with all the resources you need to have a successful transition to named user. Here you will find in one place a variety of resources that are easily accessible for exactly what you need to be successful.

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How to Transition Your Users to a Named Account

STEP 1: Add users to the Autodesk Account ( at any time leading up to your renewal date. It is recommended to compile a list of users (first name, last name, email) ahead of time. This can be done individually, or in bulk via CSV upload.

You can complete this step prior to your named user subscription(s) start date

STEP 2: Assign users to their products in the Autodesk Account (

You can complete this step prior to your named user subscription(s) start date

STEP 3: Reset the current license for the end-user’s product and workstation. This can be done by an admin updating all devices for all users using a tool from Autodesk, or each user updating each product on individual workstation.

STEP 4: Have the end-users activate their software using their Autodesk login. Users will now need an internet connection at least once every 30 days while logged in to their software to keep their product active.

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STEP 5: Check reporting and activity in the Autodesk Account ( and the LMTools application on your License Server to ensure all users have moved from the network license to the Named User subscription.

STEP 6: Decommission the license server once you’ve confirmed that all users are transitioned to a Named User subscription. Only complete this step if you are transitioning ALL users to a Named User subscription.

Important to Note

Deadline to Complete Transition

Your contract admins will receive an email on the day your named user subscription(s) starts. You will have up to 29 days from this date to make the transition. 12:01 AM on day 30 is the cut-off.

If you do not complete the above steps by this deadline, on the 30th day, all users will be unable to access their software until the steps are completed.

Quick Tip: There is a “Days Left” counter at the top of your Autodesk Account dashboard to help remind you of the timeline.

Previous Version Access

Your subscription provides access to the current version of software and five years back, meaning that projects created in versions older than 2016 will need to be upgraded to a supported version (currently 2016-2021).

Team Communication

The most impactful thing you can do to ensure a smooth transition is to clearly communicate with your team about:

  • Access to previous versions of the software, and older files created in them
  • What the end-user should expect from the transition to Named User Subscriptions
  • Users will need to connect to the internet once every 30 days to keep their license active
  • Email Communication Templates