Vault Christmas Present

At least it is for me…  Smile

Suppose you have been running Vault Basic or Pro using MS SQL Server Express 2005 or 2008, depending on when you started using document management. One of the primary limitations of Express was the database having a size limitation of 4GB. With Express 2008 R2 and newer, that limitation is expanded to 10GB of data. Seriously? 10GB of metadata, data about the data? That is lots of data.

Now, if you’re using replication, you are forced into a full version of MS SQL Server. For those not using replication, here the two main reasons:

  • Manage a central file database across multiple offices, Site ‘A’ and ‘B’ listed below
  • Disaster recovery, where Site ‘B’ is simply an off-site server hosting your backup data.

Merry Christmas!


Civil3D Zero Screen–No Vault Option

Just a quick note… For those that might be using Vault already, this will not be news. For those contemplating / testing Vault for your firms, this will help you past a stumbling block.


First, the issue… Some firms like to have Civil3D startup at what’s called the zero screen as shown above. It’s a clean place to start your work effort. You’ve got a list of Recent Documents front and center. You’ve got templates available to start new drawings, and so on. What you don’t have is:

  • Open File from Vault
  • Open Sheet Set from Vault

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Vault Apps for Free!

A quick note for everyone. First, if you are unaware, Autodesk has something called Autodesk Exchange Apps; very similar to the Google Play store or iTunes store.  The major difference, of course,  is that the apps in this store all relate to Autodesk applications.

The cool part is that there are apps for the products we use daily.

  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Vault

So check it out. Today, I would like to highlight two specific apps for Vault. There are many more listed in the store.  The point here is that it seems  the more transparent we can make data management, the better the user experience will be. Read more of this post

Vault and XREFs

As many may know, Vault has a love hate relationship with external drawing references.  What’s that? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me begin by saying that when I first ran into this issue, I found a workaround and have been using that ever since.  It seems that a resolution to this issue is on the horizon, or not. We will see. 😉

But first, the problem… Read more of this post

Autodesk Data Management Server (ADMS) that IT will like!

Ed NOTE: After a birdie told me this might not work as advertised, Autodesk was contacted to determine exactly what does work. It turns out that during development Civil 3D was setup to allow this but ADMS does not and it was decided to keep the function there.  My contact was just as intrigued as you are right now. Bottomline – this is a tease of things to come. Not a “deal breaker” as the dirdie would say…

Just wanted let everyone know (in IT that is) supporting Vault and ADMS has gotten easier with 2009.  You can now utilize your Active Directory (AD) Users and Groups for Vault.  Users and groups can then be managed using Windows permissions.

Domain users & user group accounts can be imported into ADMS. ADMS cannot manage these, it is simply reading the AD.  So, you can promote ADMS accounts to AD and demote AD accounts to ADMS. The promotion/demotion may or may not be useful to you.  Simply create 2 new groups in AD – either vault editors or consumers and populate them with users that way. Then import these groups to ADMS!  When users log in, they see this from Vault (which has dropped the explorer name for 2009) from Civil 3D:










“Vault”-ing Has Never Been Easier

While this may be old news to some, I felt it would still be worthwhile to mention to the uninitiated that Autodesk Vault is currently available for download to all Subscription Customers.

What is Vault you ask? Simply put, it’s a data management system that can help you organize all your design information in a centralized location. Features such as the ability to control access to design files via a permission-based control system or to maintain all versions of a design progression make this tool an invaluable asset for those with an active subscription. For a full description of Autodesk Vault and all its features, please visit the Subscription Center and select Autodesk Vault from the Product Information & Downloads section.

 Currently the client software is only compatible with the following applications:

  • AutoCAD 2007 and 2008
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008
  • Land Desktop 2008
  • Architectural Desktop 2007 and AutoCAD Architecture 2008
  • Building Systems 2007 and AutoCAD MEP 2008
  • Inventor Series or Inventor Professional 11 and 2008
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2007 and 2008
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2007 and 2008
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