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I am a system administrator who is unaware of the system components of ArtiosCAD. I need an overview of what exists and how to move it from a functional working system to new hardware.


To move a fully functional ArtiosCAD server to a new machine, you must assess the following components:

  1. FlexNet Licensing - To move licenses from an ArtiosCAD server (which is also hosting the Network Licenses), you must use the System Controller (Network License Manager Application).

    It is not recommended that users attempt to move anything related to licensing outside of the License Management applications.
  2. The System Controller is located at: Start > Esko folder > System Controller > Activate Network Licenses. After you start the application, you should see the different licenses loaded and available on your network, if you are on the right machine. They will be in the Active state. Select all of the items in the list, by holding down Ctrl and then click Deactivate button at the bottom of the Application. Walk through the Deactivation wizard which must be allowed to access the internet. At this point you will have a file called DeactivatedKeys.html which you can move to your new system, with ArtiosCAD already installed as a server. There you can re-activate the keys with the file through the System Controller by clicking Activate and walking through the normal activation wizard.

  3. ArtiosCAD Database - Moving a functional ArtiosCAD Database (MSSQL) is fully covered in the following article: 


  4. ArtiosCAD Defaults - The process for moving Defaults is fairly straightforward. If you have access to the files on the original system, simply copy the ServerLib and/ or ClientLib in its entirety from the old system to the new one. ServerLib and ClientLib are located generally in: C:\Esko\Artios\ArtiosCADVersionLanguage\ as each ArtiosCAD version has its own version specific set. What is critical to remember is, that when migrating or restoring defaults always copy to and from the same exact version. If you are unsure of where the Defaults are loading from (on the ArtiosCAD Client) open your registry editor (regedit.exe) and browse to the Node: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Artios\ArtiosCAD\ArtiosCADVersionLanguage\INTSEARCH. Among the semicolon separated entries in this item, you will come across a path pointing to ...\ServerLib. The start of this entry will tell you where your Defaults server is located.

    Copy ServerLib if you are working on an ArtiosCAD server and ClientLib if you are just restoring or moving a client workstation.
  5. Designs (File Store) - Open DataCenter on an ArtiosCAD Client and double click Server in the left hand column. It will immediately show which machines are listed as providers of the Resources where your ArtiosCAD designs are. If you do decide that you want to copy the File Store to a new machine, you must be careful to copy all folders (labelled Resources in the Resource view of DataCenter) to the new server, preserving the exact same folder/ network share structure. The name of the server can change, the structure of the resources must remain the same. Lastly, after the files have been copied to the new server/ share you need to change the server entry labelled Path in DataCenter, if the old entry was using a UNC name that would have changed now that you moved your File Store to another location. Otherwise, if you are using mapped drives then the drives need to be remapped on all clients to the new server. It is generally a good idea to structure the resources such that they are all under a common master folder. Thus when they are copied, all the structures are preserved and there is no risk in forgetting an individual resource.
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