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Vault – Renaming Computer hazard

Ok, I blew it.  I recently had a fight with my domain server, and lost.  I ended up renaming my computer to work around it.  It’s never been a problem in the past.  Well, at least I didn’t realize it was.

ADMS is getting its content from an SQL server on a site.  That site is my computer, and when renamed, it was lost.  My entire ADMS and Vault was gone for all applications.

Autodesk had this to say about the errors

Issue

During the installation of Vault or Productstream Server (ADMS), you received the following pre-check error message:

The SQL Server instance you have selected is not enabled with Autodesk Productstream Replicator. To enable it, upgrade site '<computername>'. Contact your reseller for Autodesk Producstream Replicator.

Solution

This error is the result of renaming the computer or adding it to a domain while the previous version of ADMS was installed even though replication has never been enabled on this particular computer.

This can be resolved by uninstalling SQL 2005, using Add or Remove Programs (Windows), and then reinstalling it either manually or automatically using the Vault/Productstream Server installation.

Alternatively, you can run the ADMS Console in command line mode and use the -OSiteRename switch. For detailed instructions, refer to the ADMS Console Help menu (available by pressing the F1 function key).

oSiteRename

 

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Inventor – 2010 The install that just won’t give in

7/1/2009

About a WEEK ago I decided to reinstall everything.  I push the limit with space and implementing new things, so my OS gets flaky sometimes.  It’s the cost of doing business.  Last time I got nailed with a virus.  Now we have a sonic wall and keeps me pretty clean. 

This time it was Autodesk Licensing.  I blue screened, and everything seemed to operate fine afterward, but the licensing component started freaking out, and eventually would not let me into Autodesk products.  That’s kind of a problem.

I’ve got a bright idea, ‘lets reinstall Vista’.  Any engineering OS older than 6 months is gravy.  We’re due for the pain and misery.  I kept thinking, “we have this down to a science, no problem.  I‘ll come in at 4 am, and by 8 we’ll be functional”.  How many of you are laughing now?  At 8, I was not laughing.  I’m still not laughing. 

Autodesk 5, John 0

This week I have installed Vista + updates twice, Civil 3D 2009/2010 twice, Inventor 2009 once, Inventor 2010 5 times, Vault server twice, AV and authoring software suites twice as well. 

As of last night, Inventor 2010 would not work (properly).  The long and short is that the install would blue screen right about when it would shift over to the Language Pack, every time.  It’s hard to say exactly because no one can sit there and stare at the 1.5 hour install.  All I know is the items in the en-us folder were missing, and she wouldn’t run.  More on that later.

I’ll go through some of the key things that did and did not work.  Maybe you IT guys and Managers can pick out something useful.

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Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 4

Content Center Family Editing

We need to change some settings in the Content Center Family just written.  Navigate through he Content Center Editor to the new Family.  Right Click, and select the Family Table option.  The family parameters dialog will appear.

The following are examples that I used, however you will undoubtedly have differences and variations at your company that need to be adopted.

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Inventor – Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 2

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iPart

iParts are method of creating Library Contents for similar parts. When you create an iPart, a table is placed in the part, that will contain the individual members of the library.  These members are contained in rows of the table, with the key differences edited for each member.

The table contains various fields that represent the parameters that shape the iPart members.  The iPart members can have identical values as needed, with the exception of 2 fields.  The Part Number and Member name.  A lot of care should be taken in planning the Part Number and Member names, as the future file name of library contents is tied to the Member Name, and the Part Number gets fed into the BOM.  However, the Content Center Editor can apply variables from the table to concatenate a Part Number automatically, which we WILL do later.  For now, we will prepare the table in the following fashion.

Under the Tools Menu, select Create iPart.

The iPart Author dialog will appear, revealing the structure and rows that will appear in the iPart table.  Currently there is only 1 row in the iPart table, seen at the bottom of the dialog. This row is fed from the current parameters contained in the part.

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Inventor – Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 1

Read the Introduction

The first thing that needs to be completed is kind of the core to this process.

Thread.xls

Normally we would begin in an assembly file, but for this exercise we need to go mess around with Autodesk’s artwork.  We need to edit the Thread.xls file.  You see, the Bolted Connection Generator as well as everything else in Inventor derives it’s threads from this file.  This file contains a beautiful collection of thread data, including Inch, Metric, and tapping threads.  Unfortunately the facts that bring us here today is that:

a) there is nothing available for ANSI/ASME B18.6.1 Wood screw threads; and

b) The Bolted Connection Generator only reads data from the first 3 thread tables in that file (ANSI Unified, ANSI Metric, ISO Metric).

What we need to do is to add a new row for the B18.6.1 thread for a #6 screw.  The new row needs to be added in the ANSI Unified Screw Threads Table.  Why? Because if we don’t, the Bolted Connection Generator will not use it. I know this is in bad taste, but it will get the job done.  I have no doubt that the table restrictions in the design generator is coded in XML, and that I will eventually find and exploit it.  For now, this is the only way.

Navigate to the following VISTA path:

C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2009\Design Data\Thread.xls.

Open this file with Excel and navigate to the ‘ANSI Unified Screw Threads’ Tab.  Select the first #6 thread entry row header, Right click and select Insert.  You should see an empty row appear. Add the data from the highlighted row in the table shown below.

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Close and save the file.  Let’s start the next step by opening a new Inventor assembly.

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Publish Content for Bolted Connection

bcg2 Everyone knows I love Design Accelerators, Content Center, User parameters, derived components…..Ok I just love Inventor.

The Bolted Connection Generator is a fabulous tool. It creates a filter criteria using diameters found in the selected thread type. It then uses that to filter the Content Center selection to create a list of fasteners.  The holes and recesses are created from geometry in the separate data.  The list of possibilities however, has some limitations.  I’d like to show you 1 way to get more productivity, working within the limitations.

If I can get the job done with a Design Accelerator, then why would I want to prep everything without it?

This discussion is a workflow I performed recently to get some new fasteners into the Bolted Connection Generator.  Again, the theme has to do with wood, as I found a lot of people asking about wood, and little assistance was available.

This workflow will take us through the following topics:

  • Thread.xls
  • Sample Part Modifications
  • iPart
  • Content Center Category Review
  • Component Authoring
  • Content Center Family Editing
  • Bolted Connection Generator

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