when I was installing content center after I already installed IV2013 it told me I needed to install vault basic. Do I really need to have it installed? We have never used it in the 10+ years we have been using inventor. I ask this because my co-worker does not have it installed and he can use content center and my I.T. guy came down and asked why I have it installed.
I do not believe it is needed if you load Desktop Content Center libraries.
As long as you have the CC files located where you or anyone else can access them (such as on a main server), you can use them without Vault. I've never done such but it should be possible.
Look into using Vault, it can be a huge time saver and it can also save your life as far as files go. Copy Design is a huge advantage that I've used numerous times. Vault Workgroups adds in revision control if that's needed. I swear by Vault (I know, some people swear at it).
Jim, I both swear by it and at it... multiple times on the same day!