3D Printing for Smarter, Competitive Design

Karen tied up one of my mail servers today sending out this invite to an event we’re hosting in NYC. It’s a pretty neat event since 3D printing is the huge right now, not to mention it’s in The Cooper Union building. 🙂

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LMTOOLS – Status Enquiry cut-off?

Wrapping up on some projects with Revit Server; we’ve already helped a few folks who jumped onto the bandwagon with Revit Server. Now it’s up to Autodesk team to make sure their forthcoming wishes are met…. thinking about more granular permissions, Revit Server (Central / Local) being dual/multi homed, extending utilities to let BIM managers have greater control (backup agents, disk duplication, etc). If you want a feature, PLEASE SUBMIT A CASE WITH AUTODESK!!!!

On a different note, I was helping a client this week and came across a very common issue. When you have a large number of licenses (think 100+), it’s very easy for LMTOOLS Status Enquiry window to be cut off. This is a known (or at least acknowledged) limitation with the software.

To read data from the license file, include the individual feature code in the options:

To avoid the cut off, you’ll have to run LMUTIL via command line (sans UI) and specify only the specific feature code. To find out who’s using Revit MEP 2011, here are the exact commands: lmutil lmstat -f 85624REVSYP_2011_0F

LMTOOLS – adskflex SHUTDOWN request

I received a call from a large firm recently. Things have been pretty good and all their license servers have been working fine…. except for one. The service that provides the licenses for Autodesk software keeps shutting down. The only “solution” was the restart the service via LMTOOLS. When he called me, I told him that the next time he does this, send me the log file BEFORE restarting the service. And this he did:

19:22:04 (adskflex) OUT: “54600ACD_2008_0F” jwong@us-ny-384
19:31:35 (lmgrd) SHUTDOWN request from sgonzalez at node us-ny-576
19:31:35 (lmgrd) lmgrd will now shut down all the vendor daemons
19:31:35 (lmgrd) Shutting down adskflex pid=2768 because of signal 15
19:31:35 (adskflex) Shutdown requested from SYSTEM@us-license1 IP=10.0.5.2
19:31:35 (lmgrd) Shut down FLEXnet adskflex license server system on machine us-license1
19:31:35 (lmgrd) EXITING DUE TO SIGNAL 15
19:31:35 (adskflex) daemon shutdown requested – shutting down
19:31:35 (adskflex) IN: “64300ACD_F” fchen@us-ny-375  (SHUTDOWN)

Blame sgonzalez sitting on machine us-ny-576 since he trigged the shutdown request! Make sure that he doesn’t have any LMTOOLS instances that’s running since that can trigger the shutdown request. For the client, we went to his machine and found that he had a rogue service running, and, as expected, it was LMTOOLS he installed for another piece of software.

Ahhhhh, debug log – is there anything you can’t do?

 

LMTOOLS Tip – Clear Window

If you’re the CAD / BIM manager, you probably found yourself using LMTOOLS and trying to find out how many licenses you’re using, and who’s taking your licenses. The first, most obvious step is to go to LMTOOLS and to the Server Status tab so you can click on the Perform Status Enquiry tab. But have you ever found yourself flooded with old enquiries from a previous instance? Well, here’s a very little known command in the EDIT menu -> CLEAR WINDOW 🙂