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Named Licenses

Named License deployment ties the usage of Adobe apps and services to an individual user. Named licensing works well if the product and service requirements are closely associated with a user or a role. Named licensing provides IT admins complete control to add and remove product licenses for a user at any time. It also facilitates better compliance tracking as IT admins don't need to track machines, and can manage licenses centrally. Named licenses require periodic Internet connectivity. Computers must connect to Adobe servers for initial activation, and then at least once every 99 days. End users cannot use mobile apps unless the company deploys named licenses. E.g. If the IT Admin uses serialized licenses, end users will be unable to use mobile apps.

Use the Admin Console to manage your users and licenses.

Named licensing is useful in the following scenarios:

  • If you want to provide access to Adobe-hosted services.
  • If you want to use Adobe Admin Console for centralized license and compliance management.
  • If you want to enable self-service workflows for users to acquire apps and updates.

Managed computers

Creative Cloud enterprise customers have access to download automatically created packages from the Admin Console. Packages are created based on default settings and can be downloaded and deployed as is. Customized packages can also be created and downloaded from the Admin Console. For more information, see Deployment panel.

Users of named licenses can access Adobe mobile apps and Adobe services on computers that have apps deployed using a serial number. For example, a user can sign in to sync their personal settings on a machine licensed using a serial number.

You can also use a mix of both license deployment modes to serve your unique needs. For example, in an education setup, you can provide Named User licensing to faculty and staff, but use Serial Number licensing to deploy apps on lab computers accessed by students.

For more information, see

Non-managed computers

This deployment method requires the end-user have administrative rights to install software. End-users sign in to the Adobe website using their Campus Activation Service (CAS) credentials ( and password.) Instructions are provided on the OSL web site:

Last Updated: 5/19/17