Moving Autodesk License Servers via Group Policy

Showing you what I did on a recent project with a client – moving license servers on a few hundred workstations automatically! Very useful when migrating servers or retiring servers, or even making sure workstation have a backup license server in the cloud. Using Group Policy, we make an environment variable on workstation listed on a specific OU. The environment variable will direct workstation to point the Autodesk software to point to the new server.

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Just like spider man? =)

With the weather warming up, it’s time to get active! Made my way over to Brooklyn Boulders a few times already and if you haven’t visited before, this place is awesome! After taking the learn the ropes class and getting familiar with the system, a few of us managed to get the “red card” that’ll let us belay each other. From then on, it was straight up to the top!

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What’s new with Revit Server 2014?

Autodesk Revit Server, in it’s 3rd gen, improves upon previous versions and allows users within an organization across multiple locations to simultaneously collaborate on Revit workshared projects. I’m going to explain what’s new in Revit Server 2014 and also show you how to set it up in your office. Understand the concepts, and then get the servers ready by installing any prerequisites. It might sound obvious, but before implementing Revit Server in your office, it’s highly recommended to do some planning and draw it out logically how you want / expect it to work. You don’t want to make a bunch of Revit Servers floating around your network and cluttering your VM.

Costa Rica in 4 minutes!

Spent about 10 days in vibrant Costa Rica a few weeks ago and I have to say, I really love traveling, especially in Central America. Every day was packed with activity and life, along with some amazing food. The people there are so gently and hospitable, just down right awesome. After putting captions on a handful of pictures, I decided to take on a little project and make a video instead. This way, I can relive the experience myself. Enjoy folks! And as always, thanks for visiting! 

Zoo 5.0 – new build released!

For our awesome clients who have more than 120 seats of McNeel’s Rhino, there is a new build! Released on Jan 15, the  new build of Zoo 5 fixes that error when you try to manage the Zoo licenses but aren’t able to because of the error “There was a problem communicating with the service” and none of the licenses show up.

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Even after checking the service and reinstalling, it still fails! How frustrating! Thankfully it’s been resolved, and quite quickly too! Click on the link and install on the same machine. The previously registered licenses are retained (whew!) and everything will be quiet in the Zoo once again and you get back to creating some awesome geometry in Rhino!

http://www.rhino3d.com/download/zoo/5.0/commercial

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Microsoft Server 2012 & LMTOOLS v11.10

Since I had some downtime from the storm, I spent some time working with Windows Server 2012 and I have to admit, it’s pretty neat! I’ve configured the first license server in my virtual lab (using Oracle Virtual Box)  to serve up some Autodesk products without any issues. Interface to the server is neat and clean, and performance has been impressive. I’m planning to set up a virtual domain and will keep everyone posted on how it all works out!

LMTOOLS download

Some clients are down from the storm and have to rebuild their license servers after Hurricane Sandy. If you need the Network License Server Tools for Autodesk 2012 products, the links are below.

Most of you are using IPv4. These are the links you’ll need:

License files are generated directly by Autodesk. If you have your serial number, server name, and MAC address, you’re ready to contact Autodesk. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Go to “register.autodesk.com“, log in, and you can generate the license files automatically.
  2. You can also call Autodesk Activations at 1-800-551-1490 to speak to an Autodesk rep to get a license file.

If you run into any issues at all, do not hesitate to contact us. Our support group is up and running and ready to help!

YIKES! Hurricane Sandy!

Hope everyone is safe and doing okay weathering the crazy storm! Who would’ve thought that ‘Sandy would cause so much damage! We had a minor blip earlier this morning with one server but things are back to normal. Thankfully, I haven’t had issues where I live. Internet and power has been steady and reliable, and I’m happy to report that our team is doing well. If you need support, do not hesitate to contact us!!!!

Apply Update Release 1 to your Revit Architecture 2013 Deployments

Got a follow up video for those you responsible for making deployments in your office. Since the original  deployment was made, Autodesk has release Update Release 1; we’re going to add that update to your deployment image. We’re also going to change two file locations, the Revit Project Data path and the IES file location.

There are two reasons for this change. If you want worksharing to work properly, the folder needs to be write-able for users. Since my DFS location is locked down and I don’t want to bother with permissions and blocking inheritance, I’m going to repath it to the local workstation. The second reason is that you will always have a local copy of the Revit model you’re working on (in case the server falls off the cliff).

Hope the video helps in your deployment needs. If you have questions, feel free to leave comments in the video and I’ll answer them there. Thanks!