Autodesk Migration Tips

2016 Migration Recommendations

If you’re a subscription customer, ready to download the 2015 products from Autodesk or considering a move to the new release, our HelpDesk team has put together the key ingredients to a successful deployment of Autodesk products and suites including hardware and network infrastructure considerations.

Critical Note: We recommend that you perform a generic, “out of the box” installation first, then test the enviornment for plotting, file opening, and a few basic procedures. After the generic installation has been confirmed you should proceed with migrating any enviornments or customization. It’s difficult to troubleshoot installation issues if you are simultaneously installing and migrating your customizations.

AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical and MEP Specifics:

While AutoCAD itself is backwards compatible, vertical products contain unique objects that are not always compatible with earlier versions of the software. We recommend migrating all machines at once, or on a per-project basis. Do not mix and match your software versions.

**AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013-2016 are backward compatible, but some functionality may be limited. We recommend fully testing this compatibility before migrating and depending on it.**

Autodesk Revit Specifics:

For Worksharing enabled projects, before you upgrade to 2016, review the Help file instructions for upgrading worksharing projects. We cannot stress this enough.

Autodesk Navisworks Specifics:

New Object Enablers may be required to support the 2015 objects. Particularly if you are handeling non-Autodesk files within Navisworks. You should always review that company’s Object Enabler plug-in to confirm compatibility.

Hardware Recommendations:

These recommendations from Mid-West CAD are intended for those working in a production enviornment using any of the following Autodesk 2016 products:

  • AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT
  • AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Electrical or MEP
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Navisworks

 

Operating System

64-bit computers are a must. Although Autodesk’s requirements list alternate operating systems, Mid-West CAD recommends Microsoft Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 installed.

RAM

Purchase computers that are capable of at least 32gb of RAM. You don’t have to install 32gb today, but having the capability is key. 16gb of RAM is the baseline recommendation, but 32gb is preferred.

Install no less that 8gb of RAM in all computers that are doing production work. RAM is affordable and needed to do work on larger or more complex projects.

Video

Integrated video is not supported, nor is it recommended. Video cards built for gaming applications are not recommended.

Video cards should have dedicated memory, at least 512mb as a starting point. 1-2gb is preferred. Keep video drivers up-to-date and refer to your Autodesk product for details on certified graphics cards.

Please Note: We highly recommend purchasing and testing one video card, even if Autodesk has certified the card you are purchasing.

Storage Considerations

Solid State Drives (SSD) are the fastest storage option on the market. Consideration must be taken for where the data is stored. If files are stored on network drives, a fast SSD will do nothing more than allow Windows to boot up quicker and your applications to open faster. Time required to open large files will not improve. If files are stored locally, an SSD will speed up file access, application access, and operating system access. Locally, hard drives size should be in the 500gb range.

Network Considerations

Workstation: Each workstation should have a gigabit ethernet card. This can be checked by going to My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager

Cables: Cables should be Cat5e or Cat6 throughout. Check the cable from the computer to the wall. If the in-wall cables have not been installed or modified after January of 2005 then there is a good chance that they do not meet this criteria.

Network Switch: The network switch should be a gigabit switch. You may need to research the model number online to determine whether it meets this criteria.