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March 2013

Simulation CFD 2013: The (basic) Solver license could not be checked out from license server

Typically, Simulation CFD users use their local workstation as a license server.

1. Setup your Simulation CFD workstation as a license server.  i.e. PC-WORKSTATION1

2. Install Simulation CFD and set it up as a network version and put in the servername.  i.e. PC-WORKSTATION1

3. Run Simulation CFD 2013.  When you try to use a Solver, there is an error:


The (basic) Solver license could not be checked out from license server

You have the correct licenses and it is noted in the Licensing dialog box above but for some reason, it is not being picked up.

4.  The solution is to search for the LICPATH.LIC file in C:\Program Files\Autodesk and edit it.




SERVER 000000000000

NOTE: If you edit the file using Notepad and you can't save it after editing it.  Just save ithe file your desktop and manually move it into the C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Simulation CFD 2013 folder.

5.  Ah, there is no place like home...ah...

Thanks to Royce Abel for sharing this to the community.

AutoCAD unusable after opening

A fascinating problem with Xfinity Constant Guard and AutoCAD.  For details on the problem and solution, please check out the post at Without a Net....


Here are some more Anti-Virus Reference Posts:

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Parallels + Fusion + Boot camp + Autodesk Products

We have been getting a lot of questions on Parallels + Fusion + Boot Camp + Autodesk Products. I have created an infographic that will explain everything, I hope...

1.  The default setup of Parallels or Fusion on a Mac is supported. Please note that the performance of your Autodesk product will be slow because you are basically running Mac OS to run a Windows OS that is running an Autodesk product.


2.  This default setup of Boot Camp is also supported.  When you use Boot Camp on your Mac, you are partitioning your drive. One part is the Mac OS and the other part is the Windows OS.  You will have the best performance when running your Autodesk software because you are running Windows OS.  The only disadvantage is that you can't switch back to the Mac OS without rebooting the computer.


3.  The last setup is an 'Advanced' setup of Parallels or Fusion and is not supported and this will cause problems with your Autodesk product.  You are using Parallels or Fusion to 'point' to a Windows Boot Camp partition.


If you run your Autodesk software in native Windows mode (Boot Camp) and Parallels/Fusion, the licensing will break and fail. Basically, the Autodesk software doesn't know if it was licensed on the Mac OS "System ID" or Windows OS "System ID".

If you don't want to reinstall the Windows operating system on the Boot Camp partition, you may try the following workflow to get your Autodesk product running again.  After fixing it, you should not use Parallels or Fusion to point to a Boot Camp Windows partition to run an Autodesk product.


There is really no need to use Parallels or Fusion because technically, you can license and run your AutoCAD on the natively on the MAC or Windows.  Just remember to use the correct Product Key when installing it.


Revit 2013 License Transfer Utility [LTU] will not start

If you install Revit 2013 as a Standalone version.  You can't run License Transfer Utility [LTU] to transfer the license back to Autodesk.  It is unresponsive and has no 'error' messages.


The solution is to edit the License Transfer Utility Shortcut.


"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AdLM\R5\LTU.exe" 829E1 2013.0.0.F


StandAlone Command Parameters
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AdLM\R5\LTU.exe" 829E1 2013.0.0.F
 -d SA -l en-US

MultiSeat StandAlone Command Parameters
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AdLM\R5\LTU.exe" 829E1 2013.0.0.F -d MSSA -l en-US

I have included a video of the workflow as well.

Video:   Fix Revit-2013-LTU

Thanks to Matt Bhame for confirming that this fixed the issue.


AutoCAD 2012 + Revit Architecture 2012 will use 2 licenses with a Building Design Suite 2013 license

For customers that had a Revit Architecure Suite on an active contract on December 14, 2012, Autodesk gave you a *free upgrade to the Building Design Suite 2013.   

One issue that was reported into Product Support is how it affects Suite licensing. In theory, if you are going to run AutoCAD 2012 & Revit Architecture 2012 at the same time, it should only use 1 license of the Building Design Suite 2013 license. In reality, it will use up 2 licenses!

I actually installed AutoCAD 2012 and Revit Archecture 2012 on the same computer.  I then, generated one Building Design Suite 2013 license and when I launched the second product and there was a -4 error which means that there is not enough licenses available on the license server.

The workaround is to basically keep the Revit Architecture Suite 2013 license as well as the Building Design Suite 2013 license on the license server.

A really good example & reference post on previous usage is below:

Thanks to Brian Parish for confirm that this solution worked.

The joy of Malware & AutoCAD 2013

In this interesting scenario, AutoCAD 2012 [standalone] was able to run but AutoCAD 2013 [standalone] started and a splash screen just came up and then disappeared.

The symptom basically points to this solution: TS15176093 so we deleted the .data file and we re-activated the software manually.  AutoCAD 2013 launched but when we exited the program and re-started it the second time, the behaviour came back.  

Finally, we even checked out the productinformation.pit file and everything seemed to be in order as well.

I love using Procmon to find out why crashes or errors happen and when I checked out the second last acad.exe and I found out that the problem was with some interesting malware.


You have either 2 choices at this time, try to eliminate by Googling it on the internet or reformat and re-install Windows.  I prefer the latter choice as you can never trust if you actually removed the malware on your computer.

Thanks to Rodney Robertson for sharing his experiences with the community.