Shared Device Licensing is targeted at educational institutions where software is assigned to a device instead of an individual. Users who sign in with their Adobe ID credentials will have access to Adobe's products and services.

You choose the devices on which to deploy these licenses. After you deploy a shared device license on a device, any user of that device has full access to all licensed Adobe apps on that device, and all the services that are available on the user's Adobe account. Besides using devices as a means to define the licensing of apps and services, you can also choose the following:

User Access Policy: Decide who, in your institution, can access Adobe apps and services on the device.

Egress IP addresses: Decide which devices can access Adobe apps and services based on the institution's Egress IP addresses.

Associated Machines: Decide which devices can access Adobe apps and services based on their organizational unit, IP address range, or the package deployed.

Manage permissions

Follow these steps to configure product profiles:

  1. In the Admin Console, navigate to Products and choose a product in the left rail.

  2. To set or change the configuration settings of a product profile, click on the required profile.

    The Permissions tab of the selected product profile is displayed, by default.

    Product profile permissions
  3. User Access Policy:

    To change the User Access Policy, click Edit in the User Access Policy row and set the user access as follows:

    User access policies
    • You can choose Open Access to enable anyone to access the apps on a shared device. All they need is valid credentials. Users can even sign up for a free Adobe ID and use that to access the apps. Use this option for open labs where general public, visiting students and staff, and our students access the labs and the apps. For example, shared machines in your pubilc library or if you use the lab to provide continuing education after hours.

    • Use Organization user only to limit access to users you have added to the Admin Console. These users could be Adobe ID, Enterprise ID, or Federated ID users. This option is useful if you want to provide limited access to approved students and staff only. For example, a lab at a higher education institution, where users may have either Adobe IDs, Enterprise IDs, or Federated IDs.

    • Use Enterprise/Federated users only, to restrict access to Enterprise users only. Signing in with Adobe IDs does not enable access to the apps. This option is useful to restrict access to Enterprise users only. For example, in a K-12 lab use this option to authorize minor students to access the apps and services.

  4. Egress IPs:

    Go to the Egress IPs section and specify IP addresses or IP ranges.

    For multiple addresses and / or ranges, specify each on a separate line.

    Specify Egress IP addresses

    Computers connecting to Adobe from outside the defined ranges will not allow the use of shared device licenses.

    Egress IPs are the public IP addresses with which the institution connects to the internet, that are assigned by their ISP or by an IP allocation authority.

    Now, say a user included in this product profile, launches a Creative Cloud app on a device running Shared Device licensing. In this case, the egress IP of that device is verified against the egress IPs that you have specified above.

  5. Associated Machines:

    Go to the Associated Machines section and select the required option:

    Associated machines
    • Choose By Microsoft Active Directory organizational units to ensure all machines that belong to a listed organizational unit are associated with a product profile. If, for example, your institution has created organizational units based on department, you can create product profiles for each department. Machines that belong to a department will be associated to a specific product profile.

    • Choose By LAN IP address range to ensure that all machines within the listed LAN IP address ranges are associated with a product profile. For example, choose this option if your computer labs or shared computers in a library are organized by defined LAN IP ranges.


      If an associated machine has both Ethernet and Wi-Fi IP addresses, the product profile uses the Ethernet IP address.

    • Choose By installed package to ensure that all machines with the selected package(s) are associated with a product profile.


      The associated machine options are applied in the listed order of priority.

      Say profile A is configured with Active Directory OU = Library and profile B is configured with Package = Video apps. A machine in the Library OU and with the Video apps package, will be associated with profile A and not with profile B.

Download activated device report

The Create Report option allows you to download a report of the devices in your instituition that are currently activated with shared device licenses. This report provides you with the following details:

  • Date on which the device was activate with the shared device license
  • Device name
  • Device IP address
  • Package ID for the package Shared Device Licensing deployed on the device

Follow these steps to download the report:

  1. In the Admin Console, navigate to Products and choose a product in the left rail.

  2. Click the required profile.

  3. From the menu in the upper-right corner, choose Create Report.

The report is created on the Adobe server and then downloaded to your computer.

Activated devices report

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