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Tutorial >> How to configure CADTool network license

For end users:        How to configure a network license

For system admin:  How to install CADTool license server

For system admin:  How to add seats/modules to CADTool license server

For system admin:  How to uninstall CADTool license server

For end users: How to configure a network license

Step 1: Install Office2CAD or AutoBlock

Browse to http://www.cadtool.net/trial.htm to download Offce2CAD or AutoBlock.

Unzip and run the installer to install Offce2CAD or AutoBlock on each user's PC.

Choose Register User option when install Offce2CAD or AutoBlock.

Step 2: Configure network license

Users only need to configure this once. Users need not to set it up again unless your system admin changes 

CADTool License Server's IP address.

In AutoCAD or MicroStation, click on CADTool >> Configure Network License

Key in the Server IP you obtained from your system admin. Port No is always 555

Click on OK button to finish

Once setup, users are able to use Offce2CAD or AutoBlock.
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For system admin: How to install CADTool license server
Step 1: Install license server

Unzip the license server installer Setup-Server-Company Name-License Num-Version No.zip you received from CADTool.

Run the installer on the server workstation to install license server.

The following steps are based on Windows 2000 , these steps apply similarly to Windows NT and XP.

Step 2: Go to Windows service control panel

Browse to Windows Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services 
Highlight CADToolServer and double click it. 

If you could not find CADToolServer service in the service panel, it is because your Administrator account is not named "Administrator". Rename the account to "Administrator" and run above installer again and see if CADToolServer service name appears. After that rename the account name back to original.

Step 3: Change service log on

Click on Log On tab, and check This account radio button.

Change log on to either local account or domain account.

For local account, use the form .\account , for example,  .\Administrator
For domain account, use the form domain\account , for example, mydomain\david

Key in the password, and click on Apply, then OK to continue.

Step 4: Start CADTool server
Highlight  CADToolServer  again and right click mouse to start the service
Step 5: Verify the license server is running properly

Browse to C:\CADTool\logs\  folder and open the log file using any text editor.

Make sure that Server started. Listening on port 555 ... appears and the license number you purchased is correct.

Step 6: Pass server's IP to end users

You can retrieve the server's IP address using IPConfig /all under Windows DOS shell. 

Pass the server's IP to your end users for them to configure their network license.

Step 7: About CADTool license server
  • The server runs as a Windows service. It is still running even there is no user login to a PC.

  • There is no user interface for the server. All activities and error messages can be traced by viewing the current date's log file inside C:\CADTool\logs\  folder.

  • Users can start/stop the server by clicking on start/stop in Windows service control panel as shown below.

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For system admin: How to add seats/modules to CADTool license server

All CADTool modules use the same license server. 

When users purchase more seats of license, or new modules, they should follow steps below to upgrade their license files.

The following steps are based on Windows 2000 , these steps apply similarly to Windows NT and XP

Step 1: Stop CADTool license server

Browse to Windows Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services 
Highlight CADToolServer, click mouse right button and stop the server.

Step 2: Update server license file

Open up the email CADTool sent you, there is an attachment file server.lic in the email.

Save this file, server.lic, to your server's C:\CADTool\DLL\  folder and overwrite the existing one.

Step 3: Re-start CADTool server

Browse to Windows Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services 
Highlight CADToolServer, click mouse right button and start the server.

Step 4: Verify the new purchased module or seats are added

Browse to C:\CADTool\logs\  folder and open up current date's log file using any text editor.

Make sure that Server started. Listening on port 555 ... appears and the new purchased module or seats are added.

Step 5: 

Get end users to try out the the new purchased module or seat licenses.

Email to  info@cadtool.net   if you have any problem.

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For system admin: How to uninstall CADTool license server
Step 1: Stop the server

Browse to Windows Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services 
Highlight CADToolServer, click mouse right button and stop the server.

Step 2: Remove CADToolServer service

In DOS Shell, go inside C:\CADTool\  folder, key in Instsrv CADToolServer remove

C:\CADTool>Instsrv CADToolServer remove

Step 3: Run uninstaller
Run Uninstall CADTool License Server as shown below.
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