If your Autodesk product supports the license borrowing feature, you can use the options file to configure license borrowing options. For example, define the maximum number of licenses that can be borrowed from your network at any one time. In addition, define which users can borrow an Autodesk product license. Licenses are assigned to users, not computers.
For more information on license borrowing, see License Borrowing.
NoteIf your Autodesk product licenses are borrowed from a redundant license server pool, you must restart the license server after you stop the Network License Manager.
At the end of a borrow period, the borrowed license is automatically disabled on the user's computer and becomes available again on the license server. Users can also return a license before a borrow period has ended.
To set license borrowing parameters
- In the options file, enter the following syntax on its own line (BORROW_LOWWATER must be uppercase):
BORROW_LOWWATER feature_code n
In the BORROW syntax, “feature_code” is the name of the product in the license file, and “n” is the minimum number of licenses that must remain on the server. When this number is reached, no more licenses can be borrowed.
For example, the syntax BORROW_LOWWATER Autodesk_f1 3 means that for the product Autodesk_f1, when only three licenses remain on the license server, no licenses can be borrowed.
- Enter the following syntax on the next line (MAX_BORROW_HOURS must be uppercase):
MAX_BORROW_HOURS feature_code n
In this syntax, “n” is the number of hours that a license can be borrowed.
For example, the syntax MAX_BORROW_HOURS Autodesk_f1 360 means that for product Autodesk_f1, licenses can be borrowed for 360 hours, or 15 days.
NoteLicenses are borrowed in increments of 24 hours only. Any number that is more than a 24-hour increment is not used. For example, the number 365 would be rounded down to 360 hours, or 15 days.
For more information about setting up the license borrowing feature, see the FLEXnet documentation. On a Windows server, the default install location for the documentation is C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk Network License Manager folder. On a Mac OS X or Linux server, the documentation is installed in the Network License Manager directory.
To borrow a license in an Autodesk product, click Help
Borrow License. Alternatively, enter borrowlicense
on the product command line. Help for this feature is available in the Borrow a License for [Product Name]
window and in C:\Program Files\[Product Name]\Help\adsk_brw.chm.