In Autodesk Vault's Explorer view, there may be several symptoms of incorrect file references. For example, the following view of the 'Uses' tab is correctly listing the related files for an Inventor drawing:
But if the references are "dangling" they may not appear correctly under the 'Uses' tab like this.
Starting with Autodesk Vault 2012 Update 2 that is available for all variants of Vault 2012, the Autodesk Reference Repair Utility is installed in the Tools folder under Start/All Programs/Autodesk/Autodesk Data Management/Tools/Autodesk Reference Repair Utility.
For Vault 2014, the Autodesk Reference Repair Utility looks like this:
See the five part Walkthrough for Manually Repairing References in the Autodesk Vault WikiHelp for extensive details on the use of the Reference Repair Utility.
The Walkthrough and the video that is included show step by step how to use the utility and offers these overview details:
Why Do We Need the Reference Repair Utility?
Under certain circumstances, it was possible to break historical CAD file relationships, resulting in unresolved file references or "dangling relationships." As a result, the parent versions would no longer point to any file, resulting in a dangling relationship. If a file has a dangling relationship, common Vault functions, such as Get/Check out, Where Used, and Change State can return an error or incorrect data. These errors can manifest as references not being shown under the Uses tab in Vault, or as a "file not found" error in your CAD application.
These dangling relationships must be addressed to avoid any problems gathering relationships. Service Pack 2 for Vault 2012 and Service Pack 1 for Vault 2013 introduce ways to repair dangling relationships.
- Inventor 3D files
- Inventor 2D files
- AutoCAD DWG files with XREFs.
Once underway, the Utility examines all files from the Vault root folder or sub-folder that you specify.