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Switch from standalone systems to client/server configuration to share defaults and database information.

ArtiosCAD has three basic requirements to function:

  1. Connecting to a functional ArtiosCAD database version that matches the version of ArtiosCAD be used. 
  2. Correct version of licensing that match the ArtiosCAD version being used.
  3. Correct version defaults that exactly match the ArtiosCAD version being used.

When converting to client/server configuration, the requirements are the same (database, licensing and defaults) but the client workstation can point to an ArtiosCAD server instead for certain requirements. The design files created can be a 4th requirement but somewhat secondary when re-configuration are done.

ArtiosCAD Server installation steps (The ArtiosCAD server has to be completed before re-configuring any workstations):

  1. ArtiosCAD will need a server to install to, physical or virtual system (Please see note 1), no license is required to install and configure ArtiosCAD as a server. If the ArtiosCAD server will host the database (A SQL server can also), please select the SQL Express option during installation. Please record the name of the ArtiosCAD server at this point.
  2. The licensing method, if using a network licensing, can be moved to the ArtiosCAD server if needed.
  3. When installing ArtiosCAD as a server, please match the existing versions being used on the workstations (i.e. 16.1.1, 20.0.1, 21.11, ...) exactly. Do not use an upgraded version of ArtiosCAD, the defaults will be mis-matched and can cause issues with functionality.

ArtiosCAD workstation re-configuration steps :

  1. Using the installation media (You might need to download a new ISO from, run "setup.exe" as an administrator because certain aspects of re-install require administrative level permissions to change settings in the operating system.
  2. ArtiosCAD installation will have three options: "Modify", "Repair" and "Remove". Select "Modify". This choice should allow you to change the settings of ArtiosCAD.
  3. ArtiosCAD client installation will ask for the hostname (Or network name, computer name) of the ArtiosCAD server. All other settings should only be clicking "Next", a final summary screen should show the new configuration for client settings. If any the client setting do not look correct or missing, please contact Esko support about this issue.

In some instances, re-configuration does not change some paths in the Windows registry, please use "regedit" to look at "Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Artios" for incorrect settings. The "Compiler" and "DataCenter" intsearch paths should point to the new ArtiosCAD server.

Another registry entry to check for in case the modify did not actually change the state of the workstation is to look for in the registry is located in Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Artios. There's a key called SYSTEMSTATE. If its still on standalone despite selecting a client/server or advanced during the modify, change it from Standalone to either Advanced or Client. 

Another possible issue with re-configuration could be the Data Sources 32bit ODBC entry for ArtiosCAD. The existing entry should point to the new ArtiosCAD server and not to the local system anymore (i.e. Good example: \\ACADSVR01\Esko, Bad example: MYWS\Esko).


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