Blog Published: 15/10/2020

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Transition from Network / Multi-User licences to Autodesk ID licences | Part 4

Assigning users in the Contract Managers account

In our previous blogs within this series, we have looked at how to reset licences, moving users from the Classic User Interface to the By User interface and adding new users.

Now we need to give users access to the products they will use. If you have purchased a single desktop application such as AutoCAD you can assign this to users as an individual app, if you have purchased a collection or suite (e.g. AEC collection, AutoCAD Revit LT Suite) then when you assign a user, you are assigning all the applications within it.


In Part 3, we outlined the use of teams; if you missed it, I would recommend you read it before continuing with this blog, it can be accessed using this link:

As mentioned in previous blogs, now is a good time to reevaluate your software estate and users. Look in both the classic user interface and the By User interface and unassign any users who do not need access to the products, if they have left the company then you can remove them (remember you must unassign all products and services from them first).

When assigning users using the By User Interface make sure you have the team selected that includes the software you wish to assign to the user.

When assigning users using the By User Interface make sure you have the team selected that includes the software you wish to assign to the user.

In the menu on the left select ‘By User.’

Users that have been invited will appear either as Pending or Active (pending users are those who have not accepted the invitation email).

Regardless of the status, users can be assigned to products contained in the team currently selected.

NOTE: Users can be present in multiple teams if necessary.

For accounts with just a few users/licences this method of assigning users is straight forward and easy to navigate. However, accounts with many users/licences would be better served looking at it from the by-product view.

In this view the product licences for the selected team are displayed.

When you select assign you can enter users manually or import them from a CSV file using the same format as the file you used to invite users (see Adding Users using the import feature. Please see previous blog).

Once users have been added and assigned their products, it is time to email users to let them know that you will be changing their licence from network to User ID on a chosen date, and the steps to take when they sign in after that date. 

Sample email to users

On day, month, and year your access to Autodesk product licences will change. When you start an Autodesk Application on or after this date you will be requested to select the type of licence you have. Please select User ID and sign in with your Autodesk Account credentials. If you encounter any difficulties during this process please contact: Name, email or Telephone.

On the target date implement the plan you created to reset licences across the business.

If you have missed the first three parts of our "Transition from Network / Multi-User licenses to Autodesk ID licenses," blog series you can read them here:

Part 1 | Introduction and 2018-2019 licence reset:

Part 2 | Reset licences for 2020 and 2021 products:

Part 3 | Moving users from the Classic User interface to the By User interface:

Please keep an eye out for our next articles on this subject over the coming weeks:

Part Five – Whitelist/Access requirements for Autodesk ID Subscription Licenses
Part Six – Decommissioning the network license service on the server
Part Seven – Cleaning up your estate

For more information on Transitioning to Named User, please have a look at our webpage: or please contact us on 01992 807 444 or email

We will be holding two webinars aimed at Transitioning to Named User. Register using the links below.
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About the author

  • Andrew Langton

Andrew Langton

CAD Application Support Engineer

Andrew joined Excitech in 2018 as an Applications Engineer. He gained his HNC in Building Studies whilst working for a leading Architectural Practice in the midlands. For 15 years prior to joining Excitech, he was a CAD Manager/IT Support Technician working closely with the IT manager. This unique role and technical background enabled Andrew to balance the requirements of Information Systems, CAD Management, Architects and Technicians. His experience in Software Licensing, Compliance and Deployment Strategies in both Physical Workstation and Virtual Machine environments help him to support our partners through the decision making process.

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