Beam me back to the network please! [the 2012 version]

We all know 2012 brought a lot of new features from Autodesk development, and I’m especially glad that the “feature” to convert a standalone license to network license is back. Clients no longer need to uninstall software in order to make it run from the license server. Tweak the registry [check the pic for the path] – a value of 1 is network, 2 is standalone.

*If you’re wondering why people ask for this ability, just think of the number of architects & engineers who take a company laptop but forget to check out a license. Without any connection back to the network, the only option to get them up and running is to jump them into the standalone 30 day trial bandwagon. They’ll have 30 days to figure out how to fix it and hopefully IT can setup a VPN connection by then.

Revit 2012 Deployment & Customization

Autodesk has recently released the Revit 2012 Deployment Utility to help BIM Managers with Revit configuration. There is no longer a Revit.ini file on the deployment image; instead, there is a inifile.xml file that creates the Revit.ini on workstation installation.

Check out the video and make sure you switch it to HD so you can see the text clearer. I’ll show you how to modify the XML source file before any installation happens. This will result in a clean push without needing any bandaid modifications on the workstations later.


There are some great resources from Autodesk and their support team bloggers documenting Revit customization. Check them out after you finish watching the video for more info:

Infected and without a virus scanner?

There’s been a big jump on the number of infected machines recently. I’m not particularly sure why, … maybe the cost of maintaining a regular updates of virus definitions is too much work or too costly for some folks? What ever the case, if you think you’ve been infected, don’t give up and buy the software in that pop up window!!! Instead, check out the Microsoft Safety Scanner. It’s a free tool and there’s no need to put your credit card info. Download and run! Couldn’t get any simpler!

*And if you’re looking for a free virus scanner for your home, check out the MS Security Essentials. They get updated with Windows Update so there’s nothing to maintain.