On the release of the Autodesk Fabrication software, a new migration tool has been made available to assist users with migrating their existing database and configurations over to be used with the new installations.
The migration tool is installed with most of the new Autodesk Fabrication installations and can be found within the Start Menu group of your operating system.
Select the MAP to Autodesk Migration Tool.
Important: Ensure selection of the correct MAP to Autodesk Migration Tool relating to the application you are intending to migrate across - this is a requirement in order for a successful process.
Selecting “Import Old Configuration” will prompt for the folder of where the previous installation was installed. This needs to be the folder that the previous MAP.ini configuration file was located. Note: None of the old installation files will be changed – files will be copied, where required, to new configuration folders.
Note: The MAP to Autodesk Migration Tool caption displays which application you have run the migration tool from. If the application name is incorrect, close the Migration Tool and run from the correct version from the Start Menu group name.
Name the configuration using the prompt.
The configuration name used here will be the additional configuration that appears when first loading the new installation. Selecting OK will then begin the data transfer from the relevant locations in the MAP.ini file.
There are a number of tasks which occur during the migration process, including:
- A copy is taken of the local user data, contains custom views and graphics related data. These are placed in the local Windows user profile under application-specific folders.
For example in Windows 7, this would be: C:/Users/*username*/AppData/Local/Autodesk/Fabrication 2013/FABmep folder. * Each application will create its own subfolder and contain the local files individually.
IMPORTANT: If using an old installation, where the FOLDERS.ini file is not located in the same location as the MAP.ini file, you will be required to manually copy the FOLDERS.ini file in to the parent directory of the new configuration. The Migration Tool will only copy the FOLDERS.ini located in the same folder as the MAP.ini file.
Without the FOLDERS.ini present, Item Folders will not be displayed. Please view the Knowledge Base Technical Solution on Restoring Item Folder view post migration for further information.
- Each [PROGRAM PATHS] folder entry in MAP.ini file is scanned and either copied to the new configuration folder or, if it is detected to be a network path and the copy operation can be avoided then it is re-mapped in the new map.ini to retain the same, existing path usage. This process can take several minutes to complete. Do not interrupt the process.
Note: All new configuration folders are created in a sub folder under the public users folder, common to all users (eg. C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Fabrication 2013\Old MAP Database 23052012)
On completion, the Migration Tool can then be closed and the application for the Fabrication software can be started.
Running the application for the first time, or after migration, will prompt for a content pack selection.
The creation of the content pack on a local instance will now have copied all the folder structure from the existing MAP.ini file to C:/Users/Public/Documents/Autodesk/Fabrication 2013 folder ready for deployment. This would also be the folder to be copied to your network location if the pack were to be shared amongst multiple users or for backup purposes.
Users who have a partial network deployment, which consists of network paths to their existing configuration, either for the database, item, images etc., or for users who are running entirely from a network deployment.
Note: The migration tool would need to be run in ALL instances for each user requiring to share the configuration. This allows the migration tool to configure each installation of the Autodesk Fabrication software uniquely with a new MAP.ini configuration file.
Loading the Old Configuration
Selecting the configuration folder, named previously in the procedure, will now run the old configuration inside the new Autodesk Fabrication software applications.
Users can select existing configurations, particularly if sharing on a network, by selecting New in the top right corner of the Configuration dialog.
The Remember this next time option can be changed or reset by running the Edit Configuration item from the application Start Menu location (e.g. Start Menu > Autodesk > Fabrication 2013 > Application Name > Edit Configuration).