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Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Attach Content Center to Vault 2015 through the ADMS Console!

Recently, I found myself installing Content Center Libraries into Autodesk Vault 2015.  It was standard operating procedure; I've done it a dozen times.

One thing new to the 2015 version of Vault, is that the Content Center Libraries are downloaded from the link here, instead of being provided on the media or in explicitly in the download.

The installer even states that when you're select it from the Install Tools & Utilities screen. 

No Content Here!  But there is a link to download it.

If you follow the instructions in the readme file, the steps aren't too difficult.  Just download the libraries you want, extract them, click on the batch file, and wait for the libraries to install. 
And if that’s how you wish to install the Content Center Libraries, go right ahead.   It works nicely!

Compressed Content Center on the left.
Extracted and ready to go on the right! 

But if you desire, there is an alternative way as well, if you prefer.

Start out by extracting the files down to the point where you can see the libraries in question, they end in the *.mdf and *.ldf extensions.  For example.  AI2015_Inventor ANSI.mdf, and AI2015_Inventor ANSI_log.ldf if you’re using the ANSI standard.

The ANSI libraries extracted.

Take these files, and copy them into the location with the other libraries for Vault, this location can vary, as an example, the location on my own machine is. D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.AUTODESKVAULT\MSSQL\DATA.

In my example here, I've copied the ANSI, ISO, and Feature libraries.  But you can copy as many or as few as you want. 

The libraries copied into the Vault library locations

This will make the files available Vault, but Vault does need to be told to use them.
In order to tell Vault that it’s going to be using these files, open the ADMS Console, locate the Library folder. 

 Once you have that, right click on the folder and choose Attach.

Attaching the libraries you want. 
The libraries that have been placed directory appear, and you can add them to Vault by selcting them and clicking OK. 

You'll have to choose each individually, but this only takes a few minutes for a big library, or just a few seconds for a small library. 

You can add as many, or as few libraries as you need. I'd suggest skipping any libraries you don't want.

The libraries are loaded. 
There it is! An alternate way of loading the Content Center Libraries into Vault. 

But that does beg the question "So what?".  Why would you load the libraries using the alternate way, instead of the other way? 

The truth is, you can use whichever way you want.  It matters little in the grand scheme of things.

But if you've already have the extracted libraries, or you don't have the handy dandy batch file available, this can be a quick way to get where you need to be. 

I've even seen some clever Vault Admins use the Detach option as a way of "deleting without commitment" . They detach the library and make it unavailable to Vault, so users don't have access to it.

If at some point it turns out the users *do* need it, they just reattach it, without having to go through the process of downloading and extracting. 

So keep it in mind as just another tool you can use to make your life a little easier. . 


  1. So what about custom content center libraries? Coming in from 2014?

    1. Kurt, you'll have to right click on the library and migrate it to make sure you have a library available for 2015.

      The steps you should see will be at the end of this post.