During our recent Webinar on Setting up a license server on Mac and Linux, we were able to set up an automatic restart of the license server the easy way on Mac OS X. Please check out the article below:
First of all, I wanted to thank Hashim Mundol for showing me this awesome tip. As everyone knows, when you stop and start the license server with lmtools, the log file will be overwritten so you will not know what happened before you stopped the service.
To append the log file results easily, just add a + sign to the Path to the debug log file.
Normally, when you hit F12 to get to the boot option, the system will wait for user intervention before going to the next step. i.e. F12, System will wait, Choose Network (PXE) option. For the Lenovo Workstations, the BIOS will boot into Windows if you wait too long in the Net Boot option. i.e. F12, System waits for 30 seconds and if there is no user intervention, it will boot straight into the local install of Windows.
Why would this be an issue? You can't batch turn on a bunch of computers to quickly image them.
Scenario 1 with HP & Dell Workstations
Turn on Computer 1, F12 Turn on Computer 2, F12 Turn on Computer 3, F12 Turn on Computer 4, F12 Turn on Computer 5, F12
This can take a couple of minutes but you then loop back to Computer 1, you can choose the Network option and the Computer will connect to the imaging server to get a default Windows 7 image loaded.
Scenario 2 with Lenovo Workstations
Turn on Computer 1, F12, the system boot into default Windows if you don't choose Network within 30 seconds.
This workflow requires you to be at the workstation during the entire boot process.
For the Lenovo Workstations, just unplug the keyboard before turning on the computer and it will automatically boot into Network mode, then plug-in the keyboard afterwards.
Below is another post about various computer configuration issues dealing with keyboards, mice and monitors:
In this scenario, we want an Autodesk product that runs on the Mac to use the LM_PROJECT environment variable. The LM_PROJECT environment variable is allotting a group of licenses for a group called: AUS.
If you are a Maya user, it is pretty easy to add an environment variable in Maya. It is a matter adding it into a maya.env file and this workflow works in Windows, Mac or Linux. What makes this story interesting is that we added a licensing environment variable (LM_PROJECT) to the maya.env.
Adding an Environment Variable for Maya on Mac [Screencast video]
Thanks to Matt Haugen for contributing & confirming the workflow for Mac OS 10.10 [Yosemite].
1. Create a plist file in /Library/LaunchAgents.i.e. autodesk.environment.plist. 2. The contents of the plist should be similar to the following. The only variable that would change would be international to be whatever project you want to set.