Autodesk Network License Manager (NLM) – FAQs

Recently we have been receiving various inquiries about network licenses not working. We put this blog together to help solve some of these common issues.

FlexLM for 2015 Products:

To start, please update your Network License Manager (NLM) to version 11.12, included with 2015 versions of Autodesk software. NLM version 11.12 is required to successfully activate 2015 Autodesk software on a network. In order to install the latest version, see the following links:

-           How to Install the Network License Manager
-           Latest version of the Autodesk Network License Manager

FYI – The new license file covers all supported products under subscription, so it will not be necessary to maintain an old license server.  E.g. the new file will give out licenses for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 versions.  Read more of this post

Autodesk 2015 Product Keys

Product keys are required for installation of Autodesk products and are used to differentiate products that are both sold independently and as part of a product suite. With the recent release of Autodesk 2015 products, we bring you a new list of products keys. Read more of this post

What’s New in Autodesk 2015?

As you may have already heard, today Autodesk announced the 2015 software portfolio of design, engineering, and construction solutions to help drive a global transformation to Building Information Modeling (BIM). With each new release, Autodesk strives to offer various improvements and new capabilities for their software, like Autodesk Building Design Suite and Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite. With brand new features, the 2015 Suites meet requests for greater productivity, improved collaboration, and more integrated BIM workflows.

While all these new updates sound wonderful, what exactly does this mean for you? Join us as we discuss the improvements for Autodesk 2015 products during our What’s New Online Seminar Series. Over the next few months, our tech team will pinpoint the best new features for the following software:

New Autodesk policy change & Free Subscription Promotion

Beginning February 1, 2015, Autodesk will simplify its current upgrade policy, and will no longer offer the option to purchase upgrades for all noncurrent product releases. Many Autodesk customers already choose to use Autodesk Subscription as their preferred method of maintaining their Autodesk software. Between now and April 25, 2014, you can receive one year of free Subscription on select upgrades. Curious about what Autodesk Subscription can do for you? Visit our Subscription page to read out the benefits including: immediate access to the latest software releases, technical support, cost effectiveness and much more. Read more of this post

Autodesk Names Microsol Resources 2014 Americas Partner of the Year

Microsol Resources, a recognized leader in building information modeling (BIM) technology solutions and an Autodesk Platinum Partner, has been named by Autodesk as its Partner of the Year for the Americas for fiscal year 2014.

whats-hot-banner-potyThis is the top honor awarded annually to an Autodesk partner and recognizes Microsol Resources for its outstanding achievements in delivering world-class service and technical expertise to customers throughout fiscal year 2014, exceeding expectations in sales, growth and other key measures.

The award was presented at Autodesk’s One Team Conference, an annual sales and leadership event held in Las Vegas, NV, that brings together Autodesk employees and partners from around the world.

“Microsol Resources has been a partner of Autodesk for over 25 years, delivering solutions at the highest level to the architecture, engineering and construction industry. I am thrilled that we were recognized as Autodesk’s Partner of the Year. I want our customers to know that we will continue to do what we have always done that allowed us to achieve this coveted title, and that is to ensure we offer them the highest level of technical know-how and support. We take pride in our team’s ability to understand and utilize Autodesk software to help firms design the future of the built environment,” said Emilio Krausz, President, Microsol Resources.

This news follows the company’s recognition as “Partner of the Quarter” for the second and third fiscal quarters of 2014. Stated Bill Griffin, vice president worldwide channel sales at Autodesk, “Microsol Resources had an excellent year, demonstrating a high level of service and growth in BIM consulting and Autodesk expertise. The award celebrates the company’s strong performance, an unyielding commitment to customer satisfaction, and the implementation of best practices for integrated building design.”

Autodesk’s Americas channel partner network includes more than 150 partners, all of whom support customers across a number of industries. Microsol Resources has distinguished itself with specialties in architecture, engineering, and construction within the Platinum Tier.

Top 10 Autodesk Revit Apps for Under $50

Take a walk through Autodesk Exchange and see the most popular apps for under $50 in action. In this blog post, we present a top ten list of free, paid, and Autodesk apps that are sure to help any Revit user eliminate repetitive design tasks as well as create higher quality designs.

From condensed versions of large scale programs architects and designers use every day, to blank canvases to scratch ideas down onto, you might just find an app that could improve the way you work and start boosting your productivity.


  • Palladio X BIM WindowsLayout – This free app lets you arrange windows by optimizing active view screen space and save and restore window configurations
  • Topo from Lines - Boost Your BIM created this free app that includes the following features: create topographic surfaces from model lines and CAD imports and update topo surfaces on model line changes.
  • Schedule SyncBIMCODER, Inc. created this free app that lets you export Revit schedule data to Excel as well as, import Excel schedules and automatically update the model
  • BIMobjectWith this free app, you can browse and download manufacturer content directly from Revit and you have direct access to detailed object information

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Moving Autodesk License Servers via Group Policy

Showing you what I did on a recent project with a client – moving license servers on a few hundred workstations automatically! Very useful when migrating servers or retiring servers, or even making sure workstation have a backup license server in the cloud. Using Group Policy, we make an environment variable on workstation listed on a specific OU. The environment variable will direct workstation to point the Autodesk software to point to the new server.

Autodesk Sim 360 for On-Demand FEA

By Francis Sebastian, December 10, 2013,

This article first appeared on

Autodesk Sim 360 is a Web-based FEA (finite element analysis) program meant for use early in the design process. It can be used to conduct studies on the effects of static stress, modal frequencies, structural buckling, fatigue, heat transfer, and thermal stresses – these were available at the time of the writing; more analyses may be added later. Autodesk targets the package at smaller engineering firms and independent consultants specifically, those that the company feels may have traditionally shied away from FEA because of either the investment required or time constraints.

What’s Special About Sim 360?

There are a few things that are special about Sim 360.

Web-based. To begin with, Sim 360 is Web-based – ’360′ being Autodesk’s moniker for Web-based services. This means that it can resolve a roadblock that prevents FEA tools from being used more widely: it harnessing the seemingly limitless processing power of what is more commonly referred to as “cloud computing.”
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