Autodesk Virtualisation Policy Update

On 9th November 2018, Autodesk introduces a virtualisation right for certain offering types, and updating the documentation to clarify what is permitted, recommended, and supported when running Autodesk software in virtualised environments.

Here’s a summary of what’s changing: 

  • Customers using products as individual users (i.e. subscriptions with single-user access, Enterprise Business Agreements) are permitted to virtualise, based on new terms and conditions contained in Autodesk Terms of Use or other applicable terms governing access and use of products
  • If authorised under these new terms, customers should follow documented System Requirements (available on the Autodesk Knowledge Network) to see if a virtual set up is recommended for their product
  • If a customer follows the recommended system requirements and has a technical issue with Autodesk software in their virtual environment, Autodesk will ask you to replicate it in a physical environment in order to help if it cannot be replicated, the customers’ virtualisation provider is best equipped to solve the issue

How this change affects you?

Customers with a:

  • Subscription with single-user access
    Permitted to virtualise subscription software, under the recommended System Requirements.
    Example: AutoCAD is assigned to me by my administrator, and I can use it on my virtual desktop, no matter which physical device I’m using to access my virtual desktop.

 

  • Subscription with multi-user access
    Not permitted to virtualise subscription software. These customers are allowed to host or virtualise their Network/Multi-User License Servers off-premises – learn more.
    Example: AutoCAD is shared between me and other users, and I can only use it on the physical device I have it checked out on. The server I’m checking out from can be virtualised locally or with a 3rd party cloud provider.

 

  • A maintenance plan
    Not permitted to virtualise. Switch to subscription with single-user access to virtualise subscription software. For customers with network/multi-user licenses on maintenance, they are allowed to host or virtualise their Network/Multi-User License Servers off-premises – learn more.
    Example: AutoCAD is installed as a perpetual license on my physical device, and cannot be run on different virtual desktop. For network licenses, the server I’m checking out from can be virtualised locally or with a 3rd party cloud provider.

 

  • Token Flex Enterprise Business Agreements
    Permitted to virtualise Autodesk software, under the recommended System Requirements.
    Example: AutoCAD is burning tokens when I use it each day, and my administrator can see my token usage across any device I’m working on, physical or virtual.