Shared Device Licensing Overview
Adobe is replacing Device Licensing with a new educational licensing option: Shared Device Licensing. Adobe provides a list of current and legacy licensing options on their Licensing Overview support page.
The Adobe announcement of Shared Device Licensing outlines the differences between Device Licensing and Shared Device Licensing. Please note, Shared Device Licensing has different System Requirements than previous versions.
Migrating Existing Device Licenses to Shared Device Licensing
Migrating from Device Licensing to Shared Device Licensing is now available for VIP and ETLA licenses. While much of the information for migrating is the same for both VIP and ETLA customers, there are some key differences which are outlined in the respective sections below.
If you are unsure what kind of license you have, please contact OETC Support.
Adobe states two more versions of Shared Device Licensing will be released in Spring and Summer of 2019 to offer support for multiple profiles, license grouping, and other features. Admins can initiate migration to Shared Device Licensing at any time and Adobe encourages migrating sooner than later.
Note: Shared Device Licensing runs Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 and is not backwards compatible. Refer to the System Requirements guide before beginning migration.
The migration process entails the following for all license types:
- Migration of Admin Console
- Review profile permissions
- Package for profiles
- Deploy packages
- Set up identity
Adobe’s full migration overview can be found on the Adobe Migration Support page.
VIP Device License Migration
VIP customers will need to migrate to Shared Device Licensing within the next year. After September 1st, 2019 you will not be able to renew Adobe Device Licenses, you will have to use Shared Device Licenses or Named User Licenses. Your specific migration deadline may fall later than this depending on your license anniversary dates ranging from September 2019 to August 2020. Please contact OETC Support if you are unsure of your anniversary date.
Once your Adobe Admin initiates the migration process, it must be completed within 30 days. If the process is not completed by the end of your renewal period, the Adobe licenses will cease to function until the migration has been completed.
ETLA Device License Migration
ETLA customers are not confined to the 30-day migration time frame. However, Adobe recommends ETLA customers migrate soon, as security patches are no longer available for Creative Cloud 2018 products.
The last version of Creative Cloud to support serialized deployments is Creative Cloud 2018. ETLA members with serialized deployments should not attempt to update to Creative Cloud 2019 as it will run in trial mode. If you’d like to use CC19, a new package must be made and deployed under the Shared Device Licensing option.