Anything major, No. Some general recommendations (assuming that you're using window based
network and not netware):
Get a PI class machine and install nt4w sp6a. Put the adlm (autodesk license manager) on
it. Don't install anything else on it. Don't do anything on it. Just let it sit there
and issue licenses. The adlm machine will have to have connectivity to all of the
computers (port 1422 I think) by host name (not netbios name, dns name) and the client
machines will have to have connectivity to the adlm machine by hostname. (See below for
The installation will be different that what you are used to. You will not install from
the CD. You will create a "deployment" somewhere on the network and the client stations
will run the deployment to install autocad. There are actually 2 methods of network
One method is a client deployment. (I'm not sure if this is the term used during the
install but you should be able to figure it out based on description). In this method all
of the files required to run acad are copied from the deployment to the client computer.
The executables and all of the other stuff (arx, mnc, dll ...) are copied to the hard
drive of the computer that ran the deployment.
Second method is a network deployment. In this case the files (most of them) required to
run autocad are placed somewhere on a network server. The only files on the local machine
are the files required by adesk as "common files".
Most people recommend the client deployment rather than the network deployment (speed).
To begin any of the setup procedures for a network install don't run the setup.exe that
launches automatically when you insert the CD. That is for a local, non-network
installation only. You'll need to cancel the autorun and navigate to the X:\netsetup\
(where X is the CD-Rom drive) and run the setup.exe from there. I'd start by setting up
my adlm server. Run the netsetup\setup.exe and select the adlm installation only. After
it installs you'll need to run the adlm admin program to get your server code. When you
get the server code you'll need to call the 1800 number listed in the installation guide,
tell them the server code and they will give you an authorization code (You'll also need
your serial number and the serial number of any license packs that you've bought). Back
at the adlm admin type in the auth. code that autodesk gives you. You should be prompted
that you have some key number and some number of licenses (varies depending on autodesk
product and licenses that you bought). Now you have to actually start the adlm. Go to
Start/Settings/Control Panel and you will have a new Autodesk License Manager applet.
Double click on that and change the start up to automatic, then launch the adlm (there is
either a launch button or a start button). Your adlm server should be functional now.
Now from any machine you can run the netsetup\setup.exe and create a client deployment.
When asked about the adlm installation just tell the setup that you will complete it later
(you've already done it but it doesn't really care). Now you will need to select a share
on a machine on the network that everyone can access as the location for your deployment
(obviously whatever account you are using to create the deployment will need at least
change rights on this share). Select the share location and then you'll get pretty much
the "standard" installation options. Select whatever parts of the deployment you want and
finally the setup.exe will create a deployment tree.
After that is complete you will need to run setup.exe from each client that you want to be
able to run autocad. (Just do 1 first and make sure that it is what you actually want).
Let us know if you have any trouble or other questions.
"Darin" wrote in message
> Are there any majors things that a person should do to ready the server for
> an install of the network software??
> How do the clients function when accessing the licenses??
> The install of the client software is done from the server or from cd??
> That should be great. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.