Unlike previous version the new AutoCAD 2018 is no longer supported on a Windows 10 32 bit operating system. The 32 bit version is still supported on the Windows 7 and Windows 8 32 bit operating system.
Unlike previous version the new AutoCAD LT 2018 is no longer supported on a Windows 10 32 bit operating system. The 32 bit version is still supported on the Windows 7 and Windows 8 32 bit operating system.
There are a variety of reasons that can cause this type of problem in AutoCAD, like saving to dropbox or a remote server, but one interesting one is a setting in AutoCAD.
If you have the Express Tools installed you can redirect where the backup (.bak) files are stored. In this case, the server had been decommissioned!
Check the MOVEBAK variable and ensure it's set to your local hard drive for quicker saves.
Enter MOVEBAK at the command line and hit enter:
Initializing...MOVEBAK command loaded.New value for MOVEBAK, or . for none <>:
That is the default a period (.) for none.
If it is set to something different, then make note of it and enter a . for none and see if your saves are faster!
another troubleshooting tip is to turn off making the backup file to see if it makes a difference.
From the Help file:
MOVEBAK (Express Tool)
Changes the destination folder for drawing backup (BAK) files.
Once you specify a folder, the drawing's BAK file is placed in that folder after every save operation.
Enter new value for MOVEBAK, or . for none <current setting>: Enter a . (period) for none or type the folder name If you enter ".", the MOVEBAK folder name is cleared and new BAK files will be created in the original folder. Note: Creating BAK files is optional, but recommended. The system variable ISAVEBAK controls whether BAK files are created each time the drawing is saved. You can also enable this function from the Open and Save tab of the Options dialog box.
A Revit Server network is designed to support worksharing of multiple central models across a wide area network (WAN). This allows you to "Host" the models at one of your offices and set up Accelerators at remote locations to improve performance when working on the model.
Install and set up doesn't seem to be quite as strait forward as one would like...so I will attempt to shed some light on Pre Install basics...I have a white paper of the full install process.
Let's start at the beginning...
It is recommended that Revit Server be installed on a dedicated server.
Revit Server requires a Windows Server Operating System to install on.
For Revit Server 2017 those options include:
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 SP1 64-bit
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 64-bit
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2 64-bit
Projects and Cache will default to the C drive. If you want to install those on another drive on your server that is fine or you can store it remotely on a Network Server provided you created a domain user account named “RevitServerService” to enter during the install. Keep in mind that the drives must be in line with the system requirements.
Storage performance is a big piece of being successful with Revit Server so be mindful of the information in the system requirements.
Please also be aware that there are some Revit Server things that cannot be installed anywhere but the C drive so make sure you have plenty of open space since the logs can get pretty large...and low space on the C drive can cause other issues as well.
You should NEVERplace projects and/or cache on a NAS or SAN device. They are not supported by Autodeskand I speak from experience, I can guarantee you will have issues with accessing models.
The system requirements go as low as 4 for a minimum, but I would not recommend any less than 16, but prefer the performance recommendation of 32.
VMware® and Hyper-V® Support (See Revit Server Administrator’s Guide). But remember you must still meet the performance requirements. The IOPS (Input/output operations per second) performance of your setup should compare to the kind of physical drive Autodesk is looking for.
Note: Revit Server performance in a virtual environment such as VMWare needs careful tuning to avoid significant performance issues, and you should allow for additional overhead beyond the basic requirements listed here. It is recommended that you compare the performance of your virtual environment versus a physical environment. Test the network throughput and latency of your virtual environment versus your physical hardware and adjust accordingly for best performance.
WE have clients using Cloud Servers like Azure and we use them as well for some of our testing environments. The same rules apply here as with a Physical server or Virtual Machine.
Per Autodesk, reasonable performance can be consistently achieved if available network bandwidth exceeds 3Mbit/sec. There are scenarios where more bandwidth may be required, please refer to the Autodesk Bandwidth Document for more detailed information.
If you have offices that are remotely located from the host you will need to setup a Revit Server Accelerator. The same system requirements apply here too.
After a few releases of no change to the file format this year we have a new file format.
A note from Autodesk:
The DWG format has been updated to provide improvements in the efficiency of open and save operations, especially for drawings that contain many annotative objects and viewports. Additionally, 3D solid and surface creation now uses the newest geometric modeler (ASM) which provides improved security and stability.
Here are some of the last few file formats and which versions of AutoCAD could open those files.
File Format: Versions of AutoCAD:
2004 2004, 2005 and 2006
2007 2007, 2008, 2009
2010 2010, 2011, 2012
2013 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and most of 2017
Let's hope that the 2018 dwg file format sticks around as long as the 2013 file format!
While running an Autodesk installation you get a message that "The setup was unable to automatically close all requested applications. Please ensure that the applications holding files in use are closed before continuing with the installation."
This means that there are Autodesk services or software still running in the background.
You will want to open task manager and make sure that there are no Autodesk items running. Here is a few that might be running if you already have some Autodesk software installed on your machine.
If you see Autodesk component (32bit) this will be your installer so do not end this task. If you expand the task you can see what it is.
Tasks that you want to stop are:
Autodesk Desktop App
Autodesk Download Manager
Anything else Autodesk that is not regarding to the installation.
While running an Autodesk 2017 installation you get a message that "AutoCAD 2017 is not found on this computer. You will need to install AutoCAD 2017 to install this product specific pack."
The issue here is that your machine has a piece of this software already installed and is confused.
You will need to do the following to remove anything Autodesk 2017:
Run the Microsoft Fixit tool to find any Autodesk 2017 software as well as ACAD Private and remove them. Here is how to use this tool: How to use the Microsoft fixit tool. You do have to run this tool for each Autodesk software you find in the list. Once you are finished reboot your machine.
Open your registry and manually delete the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\FEE98B82100000001320FCF3A3907BD7