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Vault | Error Uninstalling SQL Server 2008

In the process of retrograding my Vault back to 2012 to pick up my bloody archives, as I have learned there is no manner in which to restore a 2012 archive to a 2013 Vault. This seems a bit of a weak spot, but hey, that’s what I have to do.

Failed Connecting to SQL SERVER

Ultimately the 2013 instance of Vault was still registered with SQL, even though I had killed off the file store, database, and most recommended registry keys. The only way to really get around that is to uninstall the instance, which involves the uninstaller; and that involves the cached install files.

Half way through the process of killing off the 32 bit and 64 bit SQL instances, the uninstaller reports that it can’t bloody find part of the install package.

“Hey, what am I supposed to do about that?” Really folks, is it just me or does the entire Windows install / caching system suck, susk, suck?

So after reading paper after really boring paper on dealing with SQL (which, either involved a bachelor’s degree level of study or a baseball bat), this is what I decided to do:

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Vault | Tips and Links to Help Get Past the Errors

I’ve been pulling my hair out for days while Autodesk Vault 2013 Professional Server kidney punched me over and over. It’s not Vault’s fault; I did a stupid, and have been paying dearly since. That’s what I get paid for, to suffer so the rest of you don’t have to.

SNAGHTMLe746c4I went through numerous resources that I have used in the past, and some new ones too. I like to catalog things like this here on Design& Motion for future reference. There are a few items that may only apply to local hosting, so I recommend having offsite hosting references to supplement this. Also a big thanks to the team over at ’Cracking the Vault’ and our own Scott Moyse for all the great information.

Here’s the list of things I passed through this week:

License Server

Donnie Gladfelter’s superb licensing write-up. I remember once gathering all these resources for an article of the license server, only to find out that Donnie was writing one himself !

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Simulation | Missing Material Library Error

imageAutodesk Simulation Multiphysics and Inventor make a great pair, allowing use of Level of Detail Representations to direct specific assembly configurations to be analyzed easily. Unfortunately, if you are like me and are making changes and re-introducing them into Simulation, sometimes things can get a bit haywire.

Recently I received an error while trying to edit the material of the components in Simulation, and received an error that stated something like “Trying to edit the definition of a Bricks and Tetrahedral Mesh where a material property was not defined”. Well, I WAS trying to edit the material, but when I’d get past the error, the materials library was gone. Nobody home.

Save and Restart

Since the Simulation file already contains many of the settings from previous sessions, when the model was reissued from Inventor, Simulation was started, and the old Simulation file was opened with the old settings, but with new model changes. Occasionally the wires get crossed. Save the Simulation file WITH THE NEW INVENTOR CHANGES, and close the application. Open Simulation and then open the saved file. This will now allow Simulation to read the model and settings properly. The materials library should show up again.

Fusion | Performance Problems Resolved

imageAutodesk Inventor Fusion is a really cool application that guides the many aspect of product development at Autodesk. It is also a sweet direct modeling platform and, it’s free. When it came out I was pretty excited by the prospects and got on the Fusion Bandwagon.

Once the earlier ‘radial menu system‘ gave way for the marking menu version, the overall performance of my Fusion install went to hell.This correlated to the installation of Fusion 2012 from the Product Design Suite.

The symptoms were as follows:

  • Very sluggish performance
  • Poor results from Feature Recognition
  • Feature recognition for non-Inventor solids did not function at all
  • Simplify interface did not function

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