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Tekla Structures Installation Troubleshooting Guide Product version 14.0 April 2008 © 2008 Tekla Corporation

Tekla Structures

Installation Troubleshooting Guide

Product version 14.0 April 2008

© 2008 Tekla Corporation

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Contents

1 About this guide

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2 FLEXnet licensing system

7

2.1 Installing the Tekla Structures license server

7

2.2 Modifying the license file

8

2.3 Saving the entitlement certificate

8

2.4 Starting Tekla Structures License Administration Tool

9

2.5 Using a proxy server

9

2.6 Activating licenses

10

2.7 Notifying the license server about activated licenses

11

2.8 Starting Tekla Structures 14 with FLEXnet licensing

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3 Modifying existing installation

15

4 Upgrading from previous versions

19

4.1 Existing models

19

4.2 Replacing batch files with initialization files

19

Basic initialization file setup

20

Advanced initialization file setup

21

Creating customer or project-specific initialization files

22

Continuing to use batch files

25

4.3 Customizing Tekla Structures

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Have you used the Advanced options dialog box?

28

Have you used the user.ini file?

29

Have you used variables to customize Tekla Structures?

29

Have you used firm or project folders?

30

Have you created or modified drawing or report templates?

30

Have you added profiles, materials or bolts to catalogs?

30

Have you customized or created any conversion files?

30

Have you configured CNC options?

31

Have you configured the default plotter catalog?

31

Have you created any user-defined attributes?

31

Have you saved any dialog box properties to use with the Load command, either manually or using

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Save Defaults?

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Have you created a user menu, or your own toolbars or shortcuts?

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Have you created or modified symbol files?

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Have you created any connection properties files using AutoDefaults?

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Have you modified AutoConnections settings?

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Multi-user server installation

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5.1 Installing the server program

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5.2 Starting the Tekla Structures server

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Getting help

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6.1 Using Search

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6.2 Search tips

38

6.3 Adding Favorites

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6.4 Tekla Extranet

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6.5 Ready-to-print manuals

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6.6 Reporting problems

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1 About this guide
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About this guide

This guide provides you with information on the Tekla Structures installation, in addition to Quick Installation Guide, a card included in the installation DVD box.

The topics in this guide are:

FLEXnet licensing system (p. 7)

Modifying existing installation (p. 15)

Upgrading from previous versions (p. 19)

Multi-user server installation (p. 33)

Getting help (p. 37)

A note like this directs you to more information in the online help, which you

A note like this directs you to more information in the online help, which you can use once you have installed Tekla Structures.

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2 FLEXnet licensing system
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FLEXnet licensing
system

Tekla Structures uses a new licensing system, FLEXnet Publisher License Management (further FLEXnet). FLEXnet is an activation-based licensing system provided by a company called Macrovision.

In an activation-based licensing system you need to:

install and set up a license server

activate your licenses

point each client computer with Tekla Structures to the license server.

The main benefits of the FLEXnet licensing system are:

You do not need hardware locks and password files.

You can update and renew licenses more easily.

You can create user groups with different access rights for different Tekla Structures configurations.

You can handle licenses efficiently. You can activate licenses on a license server in a local area network. When you start Tekla Structures, a license is checked out from the license server. When you close Tekla Structures, the license is checked in and it is available for another user.

You have multiple options for managing licenses. You do not have to activate all of your licenses on the same license server. You can activate half of your licenses on a common server and the rest locally on each user’s laptop, for example. You can easily change the location of the licenses by deactivating them on one license server and activating on another server.

You can borrow licenses for offline usage.

2.1 Installing the Tekla Structures license server

The Tekla Structures license server installation package contains the license server files, the applications for license management and the user guides. To install the license server, run the

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installation application available on the Tekla Structures installation DVD. You can also download the license server installation package from Tekla Extranet.

2.2 Modifying the license file

You need to modify the tekla.lic license file if you run the license server and Tekla Structures on separate computers. If you run the license server and Tekla Structures on the same computer, you can skip this section.

To modify the license file:

1. \TeklaStructures\License\Server

Open the

folder on the server

computer.

2. Open the tekla.lic file with a text editor.

3. Replace text localhost on the line SERVER localhost ANY with the host name of the license server.

localhost ANY with the host name of the license server. 4. Save the changes and close

4. Save the changes and close the text editor.

2.3 Saving the entitlement certificate

You have been sent a Tekla Structures entitlement certificate in an e-mail. The entitlement certificate states the configurations, quantities and activation IDs of your Tekla Structures licenses. As a preliminary action for transferring license rights from Tekla to your license server, you need to save the entitlement certificate. Then you can open the entitlement certificate with

Tekla Structures License Administration Tool and activate your licenses.

To save the entitlement certificate:

1. Open your e-mail application.

2. Open the entitlement certificate e-mail.

3. Save the attached EntitlementCertificate.html file in the

\TeklaStructures\License\Server

folder.

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2.4 Starting Tekla Structures License Administration Tool

You need to activate the licenses on the license server to be able to use them. When you activate the licenses, the license rights are transferred from the activation server at Tekla to the license server at your company or, in the case of a single user, on your computer. Tekla Structures License Administration Tool is the application used for activating licenses.

To run Tekla Structures License Administration Tool, click Start > All Programs > Tekla Structures Licensing > Tekla Structures License Administration Tool.

The Tekla Structures License Administration Tool dialog box opens.

Structures License Administration Tool dialog box opens. 2.5 Using a proxy server If you do not

2.5 Using a proxy server

If you do not use a proxy server, you can skip this section. If you use a proxy server, you need to enter the proxy server settings.

If you are using a proxy server and direct communication to the Internet using SOAP over HTTP on the TCP/IP port 80 is allowed, you do not have to modify the proxy server settings.

To enter the proxy server settings:

1. In the Tekla Structures License Administration Tool dialog box, click Action >

Options. The Options dialog box opens.

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2. Select the Use proxy server checkbox. 3. Type the name of the proxy server

2. Select the Use proxy server checkbox.

3. Type the name of the proxy server in the Address field.

4. Type the TCP/IP port number of the proxy server in the Port field.

5. If your proxy server needs a username and a password, select the Proxy server requires username and password checkbox. Then type your username and password.

6. To save the settings, click OK.

2.6 Activating licenses

To activate licenses:

1. If you did not save the entitlement certificate in the

\TeklaStructures\License\Server

folder, you need to open the

entitlement certificate manually. To do so, click File > Open and select

EntitlementCertificate.html. Click Open.

The license information appears under the Entitled Licenses area.

E n t i t l e d L i c e n s e s

2. Select the number of licenses for activation from the Activate list box. You can also type the number.

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You do not need to activate all the licences at once. You can activate part

You do not need to activate all the licences at once. You can activate part of the licenses now and part of the licenses later on some other computer, for example. Different configurations and different versions need to be selected for activation separately, but when selected, they can be acti- vated all at once.

but when selected, they can be acti- vated all at once. 3. Click the Activate button.

3. Click the Activate button.

Your license server contacts the activation server at Tekla.

4. After successful activation the License Activated Successfully dialog box opens. Click

OK.

The activated licenses are displayed under the Activated Licenses area.

A c t i v a t e d L i c e n s e

2.7 Notifying the license server about activated licenses

The license server must be notified about activated licenses. To notify the license server:

1. With administrator rights, click Start > All Programs > Tekla Structures Licensing > LMTOOLS.

The LMTOOLS dialog box opens.

2. Go to the Start/Stop/Reread tab.

3. Click ReRead License File.

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The license server reads the license information. You have now completed the installation of the

The license server reads the license information.

You have now completed the installation of the Tekla Structures license server.

2.8 Starting Tekla Structures 14 with FLEXnet licens- ing

If you installed Tekla Structures 14.0 and the license server on the same computer, the system automatically uses the license server on the computer when you start Tekla Structures 14.0.

If you installed Tekla Structures 14.0 and the license server on separate computers, the system asks you to define the license server that you want to use when you start Tekla Structures 14.0 for the first time.

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To define the license server:

1. Type the host name of the license server in the Server address field.

You can type the host name of the server (for example, @server_host_name) or the complete address of the host name (for example, server_host_name.mycompany.com). You can also type the TCP/IP port (for example, 27001@server_host_name.mycompany.com).

2. If you want to check which licenses are available on the license server, click Check

licenses.

3. Click OK to start Tekla Structures 14.0.

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3 Modifying existing installation
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Modifying existing
installation

If you wish to modify your existing installation, simply re-run the installation wizard. You can:

add environment components

add interface languages

add new add-on modules

restore the default program settings

When the installation wizard asks you to select the destination folder, select the same folder where you have your existing Tekla Structures installed. The installation wizard detects your existing installation and asks you how to proceed.

If your version of Tekla Structures is other than the one specified in the installation

If your version of Tekla Structures is other than the one specified in the installation wizard, you can only perform a full re-installation.

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Select one of the following options: • Re-install (Full installation) : Select this option if

Select one of the following options:

Re-install (Full installation): Select this option if you want to add new add-on modules or if you want to restore the default program settings.

Your old installation files will be completely overwritten.

Your old installation files will be completely overwritten.

If you select this option, follow the prompts on the screen to re-install Tekla Structures.

Add environments and languages: Select this option if you want to add environments and/or interface languages to the existing installation.

If you select this option, the following dialog box appears:

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Select the environments you wish to add. Yo ur existing environments are marked with an

Select the environments you wish to add. Your existing environments are marked with an asterisk.

The selected environments will be installed with the default settings. If you have modified the

The selected environments will be installed with the default settings.

If you have modified the environment files and wish to keep the changes, do not select your existing environments from the list.

When prompted to select languages, select the languages you wish to add and then follow the prompts on the screen to finish the installation.

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4 Upgrading from previous versions
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Upgrading from previous
versions

4.1 Existing models

We recommend that you complete any models you are already working on using your current version of Tekla Structures. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 14.0, you cannot open it in previous versions.

4.2 Replacing batch files with initialization files

In Tekla Structures 14.0, startup batch (.bat) files are no longer used and the settings are defined in initialization (.ini) files instead. The change has been implemented to make Tekla Structures Windows Vista compatible. The change is useful also in Windows XP, because Tekla Structures now appears in the list of most recently used programs in the Start menu.

You can customize the initialization files according to your needs in the same manner as batch files. You can still create shortcuts by using parameter values.

We recommend that you make all your customizations in the user.ini file, which is located

14.0\nt\bin folder. This way the customizations are kept

when you install the next version of Tekla Structures.

in the

\TeklaStructures\

See Initialization files in the online help.

See Initialization files in the online help.

If you do not want to start using initialization files yet, see Continuing to use batch files (p. 25).

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Basic initialization file setup

We recommed that you check the contents of the user.ini file after the installation. See that the file includes all required settings. If needed, move the required settings from the user.bat file of the previous Tekla Structures version to the user.ini file.

To move the required settings:

Usage

1.

Open the user.ini file located in the

\TeklaStructures\14.0\nt\bin

 

folder using any standard text editor.

 

2.

Open the user.bat file located in the \TeklaStructures\<version>\bat\user editor.

folder using any standard text

3.

Copy the necessary lines from the user.bat file.

3. Copy the necessary lines from the user.bat file. 4. Paste the lines to the user.ini

4.

Paste the lines to the user.ini file.

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5.

Save the user.ini file.

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Advanced initialization file setup

This section applies to you if you are an administrator and you need to customize

This section applies to you if you are an administrator and you need to customize the installations on an advanced level.

You can use the initialization files in the same manner as batch files. You can create customer- specific initialization files that include custom settings particular to each customer, a company and/or a single project. A company can also create custom initialization files for multi-user mode if needed.

Initialization files have the following restrictions:

If EXIST and if NOT EXIST statements are supported, but you cannot use other if statements in initialization files.

You cannot use goto statements in initialization files.

You cannot pass parameters in initialization files.

You can call other initialization files, but you cannot call executable files in initialization files.

Below is an example of a batch to initialization file setup process:

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Creating customer or project-specific initialization files You need to break down previously defined customer or

Creating customer or project-specific initialization files

You need to break down previously defined customer or project-specific settings in the user.bat file into separate initialization files. These new initialization files can then be called in the startup icon target line.

To break down the settings into several initialization files:

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Usage

1.

Open the user.ini file located in the

\TeklaStructures\14.0\nt\bin

 

folder using any standard text editor.

 

2.

Save the file with the required name, such as customer.ini or project.ini.

Do not overwrite or rename the user.ini file.

Do not overwrite or rename the user.ini file.

. Do not overwrite or rename the user.ini file. 3. Open the user.bat file located in

3. Open the user.bat file located in the \TeklaStructures\<version>\bat\user

Structures version using any standard text editor.

4. Copy the necessary customer settings from the user.bat file.

folder of the previous Tekla

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Copy to customer1.ini Copy to customer2.ini 5. Paste the individual customer settings to the customer

Copy to customer1.ini customer1.ini

Copy to customer2.ini customer2.ini

5. Paste the individual customer settings to the customer initialization files.

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6. Save the modified cust omer initialization files. Continuing to use batch files You can

6. Save the modified customer initialization files.

Continuing to use batch files

You can still use batch files if needed. If you have an advanced and complex system of company or project-specific batch files, you can keep on working the same way as before, as there is no technical need to change to initialization files.

• If you continue to use batch files, you need to check whether the initialization

If you continue to use batch files, you need to check whether the initialization files include any changes that you need to include in the batch files. You have to do this every time you upgrade to a new version of Tekla Structures. The installation does not copy or update any batch files.

If you continue to use batch files, you need to remove or rename the initialization files. You cannot use batch files together with initializa- tion files.

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If you want to continue using batch files, you need to make the following changes to the default setup:

Usage

1.

Copy the folder structure from the previous version of Tekla Structures.

 

a Create a new folder called bat under

\TeklaStructures\14.0.

b Create all the subfolders as in the previous Tekla Structures installations, like in the example below.

Tekla Structures installations, like in the example below.   2. Create the required en vironment batch
 

2.

Create the required environment batch files:

 

a Copy all env_*.ini files to the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\bat\environment.

b Rename the files from env_*.ini to *_env.bat. For example, rename the file env_usimp.ini to usimp_env.bat.

c Open the batch files for editing in a text editor, and add the following line in the beginning of each batch file:

@echo off

d Copy the file env_global_default.ini from the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\environments\country-

independent and rename it to env_global_default.bat.

e Add the following line in the beginning of the env_global_default.bat file:

@echo off

 

3.

Copy your user batch files from the folder

 

\TeklaStructures\13.0\bat\user

to the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\bat\user.

 

4.

Copy your language batch files from the folder

 

\TeklaStructures\13.0\bat\language

to the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\bat\language.

 

5.

Create the required Tekla Structures batch file:

 

a Move the file teklastructures.ini from the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\nt\bin

to the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\bat.

b Copy the file teklastructures.bat from your Tekla Structures 13.0 bat

folder to the folder

\TeklaStructures\14.0\bat.

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c Edit the file teklastructures.bat in a text editor so that the Tekla Structures 14.0teklastructures.ini content replaces corresponding entries in Tekla Structures 13.0 batch file.

d Add the line

call %XS_DIR%\bat\environment\env_global_default.bat

to the list of read batch files in the section for settings for language, environments and user defined, like in the example below.

teklastructures.bat

rem

======================================================= == rem --- SETTINGS FOR

rem

- LANGUAGE

rem

- ENVIRONMENT - USER DEFINED

rem rem ======================================================= == call %XS_DIR%\bat\environment\env_global_default.bat call %XS_DIR%\bat\language\%1.bat %* call %XS_DIR%\bat\environment\%2_env.bat %* call %XS_DIR%\bat\user\user.bat %*

e Delete the file teklastructures.ini.

6. Modify the program shortcut Target.

a To see the shortcut properties, right-click Tekla Structures US Imperial in the Windows Start menu and select Properties from the pop-up menu.

In Tekla Structures 13.0, the Target of the program shortcut was:

\TeklaStructures\13.0\bat\teklastructures.bat

enu

usimp single

The default Tekla Structures 14.0Target for shortcut is:

\TeklaStructures\14.0\nt\bin\TeklaStructures.exe

-i

C:\TeklaStructures\14.0\environments\usimp\env_usimp.i

ni -i C:\TeklaStructures\14.0\nt\bin\user.ini

b Change the Target path to:

\TeklaStructures\14.0\bat\teklastructures.bat

usimp single

7. Open the folder lang*.ini files.

\TeklaStructures\14.0\nt\bin

and delete all

enu

If you delete the lang*.ini files, you cannot change the language from the user interface.

If you delete the lang*.ini files, you cannot change the language from the user interface.

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4.3 Customizing Tekla Structures

When you customize Tekla Structures (i.e. add or change drawing or report templates, catalog entries, etc.), we recommend that you create project and firm folders for customized files. This is a useful technique if you want to store the files for future use, or want to retain them when you install a new release.

Tekla Structures does not replace files in the project and firm folders when you install a new release, so you retain your customized files without having to copy and paste, or export and import from previous versions.

To learn how using project and firm folders makes upgrading easier, see To learn how using project and firm Project and firm folders in the online help. Project and firm folders in the online help.

Do not use the system folder to store customized files. You will avoid having problems or doing a lot of unnecessary work when you upgrade. having problems or doing a lot of unnecessary work when you upgrade.

If you have customized previous versions without using firm or project folders, you will need to transfer that information to Tekla Structures 14.0. We strongly recommend that you now use firm or project folders. Working through the following questions will help you transfer all the information you need.

Have you used the Advanced options dialog box?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Good, that makes upgrading very easy.

Start Tekla Structures and click Tools > Options > Advanced Options to open the Advanced options dialog box:

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Click File locations and check that the fo llowing variables point to the correct folders:

Click File locations and check that the following variables point to the correct folders:

Variable

Folder contents

XS_FIRM

Company-specific environment files

XS_PROJECT

Project-specific environment files

XS_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY

Your templates and reports

XS_PROFDB

Profile catalog and conversion files

XS_DRIVER

Your plotter catalog (plotdev.bin)

Alternatively you can add the variables to the user.ini file using any text editor. See

Alternatively you can add the variables to the user.ini file using any text editor.

See Setting variables in the online help.

Have you used the user.ini file?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Good, that makes upgrading very easy. Tekla Structures automatically copies the user.ini file from the previous version when you install version 14.0.

Have you used variables to customize Tekla Structures?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

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Yes: If you have used variables in files other than user.ini, copy and paste your modified entries to the Tekla Structures 14.0user.ini file or to the Advanced options dialog box

(Tools > Options > Advanced Options

).

See Setting variables in the online help.

See Setting variables in the online help.

Have you used firm or project folders?

Yes: Good, that makes your job easier. Update the paths for XS_FIRM and XS_PROJECT in

Tools > Options > Advanced Options

> File Locations, giving the paths to your firm and

project folders. Or set the variables in the user.ini file.

No: You will need to manually copy some information to Tekla Structures 14.0. Please go to the next question

To learn how using project and firm folders makes upgrading easier, see To learn how using project and firm Project and firm folders in the online help. Project and firm folders in the online help.

Have you created or modified drawing or report templates?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Copy your own *.rpt, *.tpl, and *.lay files to Tekla Structures 14.0.

Templates created with Template Editor 2.2 will work in Tekla Structures 14.0, but if you want to change them, you must first convert them using the latest version of Template Editor.

Have you added profiles, materials or bolts to catalogs?

No: Nothing to do, go to the next question

Yes: If you need to use them in Tekla Structures 14.0, see the following topics in the online help:

Merging bolt catalogs Merging profile catalogs (also applies to material catalog)

Merging bolt catalogs

Merging profile catalogs (also applies to material catalog)

Have you customized or created any conversion files?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Copy the relevant *.cnv files to Tekla Structures 14.0.

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Have you configured CNC options?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Copy the tekla_dstv2dxf_*.def file to Tekla Structures 14.0.

Also, Tekla Structures 14.0 does not use the machine#.ini and pop_mark_parts.inp files. To define NC file and pop-mark settings in Tekla Structures 14.0, use the NC files dialog

box (File > Export > CNC > Create NC Files

).

See Setting up NC files and Pop-mark settings in the online help.

See Setting up NC files and Pop-mark settings in the online help.

Have you configured the default plotter catalog?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Copy the plotdev.bin file to Tekla Structures 14.0.

Have you created any user-defined attributes?

See Adding properties in the online help, if you are not sure what this See Adding properties means. means.

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Check which user-defined attributes Tekla Structures 14.0 already includes.

Tekla Structures 14.0 searches for the attributes in the objects.inp files in the following folders, in this order:

Folder

Defined by variable

Model

 

Project

XS_PROJECT

Firm

XS_FIRM

System

XS_SYSTEM

inp

XS_INP

To merge your user-defined attirbutes with the default ones, save your objects.inp file in the model, project, or firm folder.

See Adding properties in the online help.

See Adding properties in the online help.

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Have you saved any dialog box properties to use with the Load command, either manually or using Save Defaults?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: If you have used firm or project folders to store these files, you do not need to do anything. If not, copy the relevant files to Tekla Structures 14.0.

See File extensions in the online help for a complete list of dialog box file

See File extensions in the online help for a complete list of dialog box file extensions.

Have you created a user menu, or your own toolbars or shortcuts?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Tekla Structures 14.0 will automatically copy them from previous version.

Have you created or modified symbol files?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Copy *.sym files to Tekla Structures 14.0. Check that the variable DXK_SYMBOLPATH points to the correct folder in the teklastructures.ini file.

Have you created any connection properties files using AutoDefaults?

No: Nothing to do, please go to the next question

Yes: Copy the connection properties files and the defaults.zxt file to Tekla Structures

14.0.

See Connection properties files in the online help. See Connection properties files

Have you modified AutoConnections settings?

Yes: Copy rules.zxt to Tekla Structures 14.0.

No: Nothing more to do.

To get help with upgrading your existing version of Tekla Structures, please contact your local

To get help with upgrading your existing version of Tekla Structures, please contact your local Tekla Structures helpdesk.

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5 Multi-user server installation
5
Multi-user server
installation
This section is for users who set up and maintain the Tekla Structures multi-user system.

This section is for users who set up and maintain the Tekla Structures multi-user system.

A Tekla Structures multi-user system runs on a TCP/IP network and consists of:

A server computer running xs_server.exe

A file server computer containing the master model

Client computers running Tekla Structures

You can use the same Tekla Structures server computer for all multi-user models. However, if you run only one server instance on that server, you cannot restart the server in one job without disturbing the other models. Therefore, if you are familiar with TPC/IP ports and Tekla Structures shortcuts, you can easily set up several server instances running on the same computer but using different ports. When you have a separate server instance for each multi-user model, you can shut one server down without disturbing the other projects.

This requires that you know how to check which ports are available. You also need to create one shortcut for each server instance. For example, if you have one server running on port 1238 (the default port) and another one running on port 8080, you need to create the following shortcuts:

C:\TeklaStructures\MultiUserServer\2.2\xs_server.exe servername 1238

C:\WINDOWS\system32\TeklaStructuresServer

C:\TeklaStructures\MultiUserServer\2.2\xs_server.exe servername 8080

C:\WINDOWS\system32\TeklaStructuresServer

The first shortcut starts the server on port 1238, and the other one on port 8080. When you create a new multi-user model, you must enter the server name and port in the New dialog box. For example, if the server name is teklaserver and the port is 8080, you must type teklaserver,8080. If you are using the default port (1238), you do not have to define the port number.

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Do not change the server of a multi-user model if any users are currently working

Do not change the server of a multi-user model if any users are currently working on the model. working on the model.

See Multi-user mode in the online help for more information on setting See Multi-user mode up and using Tekla Structures in multi-user mode. up and using Tekla Structures in multi-user mode.

5.1 Installing the server program

To install the Tekla Structures multi-user server program on the server computer:

1. Insert the Tekla Structures installation DVD into the DVD-ROM drive of the server computer.

2. On the DVD menu, select Installation > Install Tekla Structures Multi-user Server.

3. Select the language to use when installing the server program, and then click OK.

4. Follow the steps in the InstallShield Wizard. After each step, click Next to continue.

5. In Select Multi-user Server, type in the name or IP address of the server computer.

By default, the server computer runs on port 1238. If you want to change the port, define the port after the server name (for example, teklaserver,8080).

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Use the IP address of the server comput er only if the IP address is

Use the IP address of the server computer only if the IP address is static. Use the IP address of the server comput er only if the IP

To find a computer’s network name, go to the Windows Start menu and

To find a computer’s IP address, go to the Windows S t a r t menu, click A l l Start menu, click All

click Control Panel > System > Computer Name tab > Change Computer name.

>

Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt, and then ping the server

name.

6. In InstallShield Wizard Complete, click Finish to complete the installation.

5.2 Starting the Tekla Structures server

To start the Tekla Structures multi-user server, go to the Windows Start menu and click All

Programs > Tekla Structures Multi-user server > Tekla Structures Server.

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Keep the Tekla Structures Server window open. If you close the window or log out

Keep the Tekla Structures Server window open. If you close the window or log out from the server computer, the Tekla Structures server will shut down.

Users should save their working models to the master model before the Tekla Structures server is shut down. If the server closes down prior to them saving their working models, simply restart it, then have users save their working models to the master model.

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6 Getting help
6
Getting help

Tekla Structures 14.0 online help is a detailed guide to Tekla Structures concepts, tools, commands, and features, with plenty of examples. Use the F1 key to access the online help. If you have a dialog box open, Tekla Structures takes you straight to the related topic. Use the following tabs to navigate the online help in different ways:

Contents – Online books

Index – Alphabetical list of key words

Search – see Using Search

Favorites – see Adding Favorites

You do not need an Internet connection to use Tekla Structures online help.

6.1 Using Search

To find a topic using Search:

1. Click the Search tab in the online help:

using Search: 1. Click the Search tab in the online help: 2. Type the word(s) to

2. Type the word(s) to search for.

3. Click List Topics to perform the search.

4. Double-click a title to display that topic. Or click the topic title, and then click Display.

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6.2 Search tips

The online help searches for topics containing all the words you enter.

Enclose words in quotation marks (“ ”) to search for topics that contain the entire phrase, for example “bolt catalog”.

To search with certain start of a word, always use asterisk after the search term, for example dimens* to search for dimension, dimensioning, etc.

Click

to search for dimension, dimensioning, etc. • Click to refine your search using AND, OR, NEAR,

to refine your search using AND, OR, NEAR, or NOT:

 

Help displays topics that:

AND

Contain both words or phrases

OR

Contain either word or phrase

NEAR

Contain the words or phrases within 8 words of each other

NOT

Do not contain the word or phrase

6.3 Adding Favorites

To add a topic to your list of favorites in the online help:

1. Open the topic in the Search window.

2. Click the Favorites tab.

3. Click Add (bottom right of navigation window).

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6.4 Tekla Extranet

Anyone with a current maintenance contract can use Tekla Extranet. Register now to get free access to our online discussion forums, hints & tips, software downloads, tutorials, and more.

To register, go to https://extranet.tekla.com. You can also access Tekla Extranet from Tekla

Structures by clicking Help > Online Support > Tekla Extranet.

clicking Help > Online Support > Tekla Extranet . 6.5 Ready-to-print manuals Tekla Extranet also contains

6.5 Ready-to-print manuals

Tekla Extranet also contains ready-to-print manuals in PDF format.

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To view or print these manuals, go to Tekla Extranet and select Downloads > Versions

To view or print these manuals, go to Tekla Extranet and select Downloads > Versions > 14.0 on the menu.

You need Acrobat Reader to view and print the PDF manuals. This free software is available at http://www.adobe.com.

6.6 Reporting problems

If you think you have discovered a problem in Tekla Structures, please report it to your Tekla Structures representative using the form available in Tekla Structures at Help > Online Support

> Maintenance Request

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