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.

Zoo 5.0 – new build released!

For our awesome clients who have more than 120 seats of McNeel’s Rhino, there is a new build! Released on Jan 15, the  new build of Zoo 5 fixes that error when you try to manage the Zoo licenses but aren’t able to because of the error “There was a problem communicating with the service” and none of the licenses show up.


Even after checking the service and reinstalling, it still fails! How frustrating! Thankfully it’s been resolved, and quite quickly too! Click on the link and install on the same machine. The previously registered licenses are retained (whew!) and everything will be quiet in the Zoo once again and you get back to creating some awesome geometry in Rhino!


V-Ray licensing is NOT the same as Autodesk!

So I got a few questions on this recently, especially from those who moved their own v-ray licenses to the new dongle based licenses from Chaos Group. I made a video on this here, but there’s some pointers to keep in mind:

1) On the server, you want to make sure the V-Ray Licensing components are setup to run on boot up, namely, to run as a service. You do this by going to the START MENU –> ALL PROGRAM –> Chaos Group –> V-Ray for _____ –> Licensing –> Administration –> Register V-Ray license service. This creates a service call VRLService on the server. You need to be an Administrator to do this. If not, you’ll get an error “VRL Service”: “Failed to open registry key”.

2) To specify which server to pick up the licenses, go to START MENU –> ALL PROGRAM –> Chaos Group –> V-Ray for _____ –> Licensing –> Administration –> Chagne V-Ray client license. This dialogue window will pop up; on the primary license server, type in the license server. You can also use IP address (as you see in the screenshot).

V-Ray dongle based floating license – installation & configuration

It hasn’t been long since we’ve partnered up with Chaos Group to offer V-Ray and my-oh-my, there has been a lot of interest!

One of the common questions I get is about those pretty blue dongles. We’re all used to setting up FlexLM to manage licenses, but all Chaos Groups’ V-Ray licenses are managed by a USB dongle. So how does it work, how will my network be affected, how will our firms’ licenses be managed? Well, here’s a quick little video that demonstrates how to install the license server and then making sure the dongle is [properly] read by the workstation (I’m using a Windows 7, 64bit machine for our licenses). It’s not as easy as just sticking the USB in so before you jump in, it’ll be good to check the video out.