April 7, 2010

Ideate 2011 Migration Tips - Avoid Top Mistakes...

Are you on Subscription, ready to download 2011, or considering a move to the new release? Ideate's Technical Support team has put together the key things you need to know - answers to frequently asked questions about migrating to Autodesk 2011 products, including hardware recommendations and network considerations.

Avoid the Top Migration Mistakes
CRITICAL NOTE: We recommend that you perform a generic, "out-of-the-box" installation first, then test the environment for plotting, file opening, and a few basic procedures. After the generic installation has been confirmed, you should proceed with migrating any environments or customization. It's difficult to troubleshoot installation issues if you are simultaneously installing and migrating your customization.

Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP
While "vanilla" AutoCAD is backwards compatible these "flavors" of AutoCAD contain unique objects that are not compatible with earlier versions of the software. We recommend migrating all machines at once, or on a per-project basis. Do not mix-and-match your software versions.

For Worksharing enabled projects, before you upgrade to 2011, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, review the Help file instructions for upgrading worksharing projects.

New Object Enablers may be required to support the 2011 objects. Particularly if you are handling non-Autodesk files within Navisworks you should review that company's Object Enabler plug-in to confirm compatibility.

Network Licensing
After downloading your 2011 product you will need to request a new network license file. Contact Autodesk at 800-551-1490 with the product serial number, the server name, and MAC address (where the license manager resides.) Ideate also recommends upgrading the license manager software, LMtools, to the latest version (current version included on 2011 products - 11.7) It is located under "Tools and Utilities" in the installation setup.

Visit the Ideate 2011 Portal for everything you need to know about Autodesk's newest software products.

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