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October 2011

Mechanical Simulation 2012 (Algor): SCCM Deployment and UAC issue

If you are using SCCM to deploy Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2012 (Algor) on systems that have UAC enabled, starting Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2012 (Algor)  for the first time will fail.


1.  Disable UAC , start Algor 2012 first time and then re-enable UAC.

2.  You can also daisy chain SCCM installs to run another package after the main installlation of Mechanical Simulation 2012 (Algor). This package will include a batch file to run the RegAll.bat. Please change the value to the path of the installation folder as necessary.  A sample of the command is below:

cd "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Algor Simulation 2012"

Thanks to Paul Bachner and Avto Chachava for sharing this tip.

Installation:Error 1324.The folder path 'Program Files' contains an invalid character

1324 Installation Error can be difficult to troubleshoot. David has posted this regarding the profile redirection (Roaming profile) and 1324 error here.

If it you get 1324 for non-Profile related folders e.g:- 'Program Files'. You could try the steps from the following TechNet blog


AutoCAD Mechanical 2012: Creating a "pinnable" shortcut for AutoCAD

AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 "includes" AutoCAD 2012 as a profile.  The AutoCAD 2012 shortcut only shows up in the Start Menu.  The Shortcut can be copied to the desktop but it cannot be pinned to the Start Menu or the Task Bar.  

Video:  AutoCAD_Not-Pinnable

To make a 'pinnable' AutoCAD shortcut, please follow the steps below:

1.  Duplicate/Copy the AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 shortcut.  We will be using this shortcut to create a custom AutoCAD shortcut.

2.  Edit the shortcut and change the target from:

Mechanical 2012\acad.exe"  /p <<ACADMPP>>


Mechanical 2012\acad.exe"  /p ilovehacking

3.  Launch AutoCAD from this edited shortcut.  There will be a warning about a profile problem but it can be ignored and a default AutoCAD 2012 will launch.

4.  Change the icon from the AutoCAD Mechanical Shortcut to AutoCAD.

AutoCAD 2012 Icon:  Acad162_icon
AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 Icon:  Acm13Icon

5.  This shortcut can be pinned to the Start Menu.

Video:   Download Acad_shortcut_hack

NOTE:  You can try to edit the deployment to try to create a shortcut and change the default from <<ACADMPP>> to <<VANILLA> profile but it will not work.

I have logged a Feature Request with Development to include an AutoCAD shortcut to the AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 installation.


The license files (network) for base AutoCAD and AutoCAD Mechanical are different.  AutoCAD Mechancal can be run as "AutoCAD" as a profile so that both can be run at the same time.  In theory, you do not need to install AutoCAD and AutoCAD Mechanical on the same computer.

Thanks to Chris Rogers for sharing this tip.

Good to know about SAMreport-Lite activation

SAMreport-Lite activation process differs slightly from the Standard activation process of mot part of the Autodesk products.

Please be aware that the SAMreport-Lite license is free of charges; however, you must fill a submission page with your personal information to obtain the license.

Other difference in the activation process is that the license has to be obtained prior the installation since the installation process requires the license file to complete.

Something useful to know as well is the fact that SAMreport-Lite can be installed in a machine that is not the license server; however, the HostID provided must be the HostID of the license server generating the report (.rl) file.

In few words, the license authorizes SamReport-Lite to decrypt the report files from a specific server.

Here you will find more Information about SAMreport-Lite in the Autodesk web site

AutoCAD Family: Educational (EDU) and Commercial version of the software

Here is a scenario we had recently had in Product Support in which a customer had an EDUCATIONAL version of AutoCAD installed on the computer.  When you uninstall it and re-install the COMMERCIAL version of the software, it was still in EDUCATIONAL mode.

To resolve this issue, please follow the instructions below:

 1.  Installed EDUCATIONAL version of AutoCAD.
 2.  Uninstall EDUCATIONAL version of AutoCAD.
 3.  Install COMMERCIAL version of AutoCAD
 4.  The software will still be in in EDUCATIONAL  mode.
 5.  Uninstall the software again.
 6. You may need to display/show hidden files, find out how by clicking on the links below:
 7.  Remove .data file

Windows 7

Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\FLEXnet\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\FLEXnet\adskflex_00691b00_tsf.data_backup.001

8.  Install COMMERCIAL version of AutoCAD.

Please check out the following links for reference:

NOTE:  This should also apply to all EDU versions of Autodesk software. 


The Mac location of the file.


AutoCAD 2012 for Mac: Sort of Free!

If you have AutoCAD 2012 license for Windows, you can use the same serial number on the Mac to install it. As of October 21, 2011, this site has it featured as an article:


The Instructions are below:

1. Download the AutoCAD 2012 for Mac free 30-day trial.
2. Activate the trial as a fully-licensed product with your AutoCAD 2012 product key and serial number.
NOTE: You are entitled to 2 activations in a 12-month period with your AutoCAD 2012 serial number.

If you are having problems activating the software, please contact Product Registration and Authorization:

Maya 2012 on Mac: Socket errors when rendering...

We see this come through support once in awhile and I wanted to use this blog post to try and explain what can be happening to cause this issue.

First, some quick background. Even though Maya is rendering locally it still depends on these sockets for communication. Maya will simply use this communication channel like a two radio communication between the batch render application and Maya. So what happens in a network environment is that Maya will actually routes itself through the network back to your machine.

For more details, please check out this post:

Thanks to the Nelson Cruz @ the Mayastation for this tip.

AutoCAD 2011 & AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011: Unable to load profile

Basically on a clean windows XP machine, if you install AutoCAD 2011 (with SP1.1) and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 (with SP1).  Then install SAP for AutoCAD 2011 and start either AutoCAD 2011 or AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 and the programs will open fine.

However, if another user logs on the system and opens AutoCAD 2011 (or AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011), the program will open fine, but opening the second program will give profile error:

Unable to load profile file. Some profile information saved in last session may not be restored. 

The program will open with missing GUI elements.  It appears that problem relates to the fact that when you start AutoCAD 2011, it creates:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.1\ACAD-9001:409, will also creates HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.1\ACAD-9000:409 (which is for Civil 3D).

However in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.1\ACAD-9000:409 has has only one entry, related to DWG Converter.   If you reverse the order of launching the application (e.g. starting with Civil 3D and then open AutoCAD) than C3D reg keys are created correctly, but AutoCAD does not. The profile error occurs with the second application regardless of the order of launch.

The workaround for this issue is:

1.  Start AutoCAD 2011.

2.  Open the Registry Editor (regedit).

3.  Export HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.1\ACAD-9000:409\DwgConvert key.

4.  Delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.1\ACAD-9000:409 key

5.  Start Civil 3D 2011 and let Civil 3D 2011 create user profile related content.

6   Import DwgConvert key you exported in the step 3.

Thanks to Avto Chachava for this tip.

Autodesk Suites: Identifying your products on the USB media using the Product Key

I had previous posted this about the new USB delivery method here:

The trick is that if you have a lot of Suites and you have mixed them up, you will not know which USB is witch.  It's like a mixed bag of Halloween candy.


If you take a look at the USB key, there will be a Product Key on it.  From there, you can figure out what you have using the Product Keys listed below:

Building Design Suite Standard  : 784D1
Building Design Suite Premium  : 765D1
Building Design Suite Ultimate   : 766D1

Product Design Suite Standard  : 783D1
Product Design Suite Premium  : 782D1
Product Design Suite Ultimate   : 781D1

Design Suite Standard  : 767D1
Design Suite Premium  : 768D1
Design Suite Ultimate   : 769D1

3DS Max Entertainment Creation Suite Standard   : 661D1
3DS Max Entertainment Creation Suite Premium   :  774D1

Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Standard   :  660D1
Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Premium   :  775D1

Infrastructure Design Suite Standard   :  787D1
Infrastructure Design Suite Premium   :  786D1
Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate    :  785D1

Here is another treat to figure out next years Product Keys:

Thanks to Nelson Cruz for taking this picture for me.