2012: FLEXnet® feature codes for Autodesk products

Autodesk just posted a big list of all their products and their corresponding feature codes. A lot of you have been emailing me for this so I’m glad that Autodesk officially released it. Now, when you run a status inquiry, you can find out exactly who’s using what particular product.

Check it out here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=17288427&linkID=9243099

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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.

 

Where’s my remote?!

Have you ever been shipped a server to an office and banged on the table ‘cuz you forgot to turn on remote desktop? Well, this isn’t a new trick by any means, but still something very helpful. By manually tweaking a registry on the remote system, you can enable remote desktop on your machine, local or virtual.

To enable Remote Desktop remotely by using the registry

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. On the File menu, click Connect Network Registry.
  3. In the Select Computer dialog box, type the computer name and then click Check Names.
  4. In the Enter Network Password dialog box, provide Domain Admins credentials for the domain of the server, and then click OK.
  5. After the computer name resolves, click OK.
  6. In the computer node that appears in the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server.
  7. In the console tree, click Terminal Server and then, in the details pane, double-click fDenyTSConnections.
  8. In the Edit DWORD Value box, in Value data, type 0, and then click OK.
  9. To implement the change, use the shutdown command to reboot the server remotely, as follows:Open a command prompt with root credentials, type the following, and then press Enter:shutdown -m \\ DomainControllerName -r

More details here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782195(WS.10).aspx

The command for remote desktop is MSTSC – type it in the RUN dialogue box to get it up and running quick. If you have multiple servers you need to remote into, install the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958830

Conditional Forwarders in Windows 2008

A few questions that came through my inbox included how resources from domain A can access resources in domain B in conjunction with using Revit Server. Additionally, when you install Revit 2012 (Architecture, Structure, or MEP), you also have the option of specifying the name of your Revit Server to connect your Revit instance. If you’re on the same domain, your DNS will take care of name resolution to your domains. Trouble starts when you’re working with RS environments between different domains since server1 from domain A can’t talk to server2 from domain B since it doesn’t know it’s IP. To fix it, you will need to configure conditional forwarders.

This from the DNS snap-in from the Windows 2008 R2 server, and from there, you have a few options:

You just place the DNS domain name in the top section and the IP address of the DNS server that is authoritative for that domain below.  Storing the conditional forwarder in AD is not default, but recommended (check box). You can also specify the amount of time the DNS server will wait before it times out (default is 5 seconds). If you’re going between different domains in different countries / continents, I would increase the time out period.

This will allow different domains to establish connection between users -> local Revit Server -> Central Revit Server. Hope it helps you guys configuring and expanding RS! If you have trouble, feel free to drop a comment!

 

 

Autodesk Certified Hardware list…. updated!

I’m sure most of you have heard that the Autodesk 2012 products are out already, and some of you have enough started dl’ing the new software via subscription center. YAY!

But what I thought was cool was the new Autodesk Graphics Hardware list. You can search by a particular software or even a Design Suite (the new Autodesk offering) to make sure that the graphics hardware for your machine is supported. Need to find out if your graphics card supports shadows, color fills, and transparent elements in Revit 2012 products? Make sure you see a green check mark greencheckmark for those specific items!

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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 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 🙂

SmartBIM QTO Network Licenses?

You’ve all seen how great SmartBIM is for your workflow when working with Revit, but for those of you that have network licenses of SmartBIM Library and QTO and have network issues like the one in the screenshot, here’s a solution!

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This issue has to do with the IRPStackSize registry entry, especially when it’s set too low. Solution from Microsoft site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/106167

STEPS:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters

    If the IRPStackSize entry is not present in this subkey, follow these steps:

                a. Click Edit, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

                b. Type IRPStackSize, and then press ENTER.

                Note Type IRPStackSize exactly as it appears. The value name is case sensitive.

3. Click IRPStackSize, click Edit, and then click Modify.

4. In the Data Value box, type a larger value, and then click OK.