Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category

Microsoft Windows Update KB2987107 (Critical)

October 20, 2014

philip.s from the Installation & Licensing forum made an important post about the Internet Explorer Security Update 2987107. Not only does it resolve serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, but it also fixes several issues regarding crashes with the Autodesk Standalone Licensing Wizard, as well as AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP. Read philip.s‘s post here and the complete details of the security update here.

The security update is deemed Critical for Internet Explorer 6 through 11 on affected Windows clients and Moderate for Internet Explorer 6 through 11 on affected Windows servers. A few of the vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer being addressed are remote code execution, memory corruption, elevation of privilege, information disclosure, and security feature bypass. Be sure to install the update to protect yourself.

Thank you philip.s for sharing this information!

We’ve Gone Platinum

October 23, 2012

For you that do not know, Total CAD Systems, Inc., has gone to platinum status.  We are the only reseller in Texas, one of the 6 resellers in the United States, and one of the 20 resellers worldwide to have achieved this status.

What does this mean?

This level, according to Autodesk, is achieved by our level of product and solutions expertise, services capability, and overall customer satisfaction rating.  You can review the Autodesk Partner Tiers by clicking on the link.

You can also read about it here.

We here at Total CAD Systems, Inc. want to continue our effort to provide the best in tech support, solutions, and training.

What Autodesk Product Version are You Currently Using?

September 19, 2012

Please select the Autodesk product version you are currently using below…


September 4, 2012

My next series of eNews posts are going to revolve around Autodesk licensing. Understanding your Autodesk licensing is as important as understanding what the best CAD product for your business is. Having the wrong installation or over activating your licenses can affect your bottom line.

I’ll start by the differences between standalone (SLM) and network NLM installations of Autodesk products. Both have their benefits but knowing which one works best for your organization can save you some serious headaches.

Autodesk licensing can easily be misunderstood. If you are managing multiple users, knowing what products you have and where they are installed is important. Keeping track of your installations can be a daunting task. Losing track of installations and having them run rampant can get you audited, which can be stressful and expensive. One of the common reasons a company gets audited by Autodesk, is because they are unaware that their licenses have been over installed.

Ultimately, you will have to decide whether a standalone or network installation is the best fit for your operation. Here is an easy litmus test:

If you must manage, multiple installations go with Network licenses.

Here are some reasons why:

  • License are granted as needed only
  • Able to install everything, everywhere
  • License not tied to workstation hardware
  • Supports the four latest versions (with Subscription)
  • Have centralized license control
  • Workstations cannot be over licensed
  • Access to usage reports and logs
  • Access to license borrowing
  • Works through VPN
  • Single serial number per product
  • Lower cost of ownership for part-time users (fewer licenses necessary)
  • Deploy with no need to activate
  • Can retire and replace hardware without worry
  • One file with all the serial numbers and seat counts
  • Easy license compliance

Standalone installations have their benefits. If you’re working by yourself of you’re constantly on the go a standalone license may be a good fit for you.

Here are some the other benefits:

  • Cheaper
  • No network necessary
  • No license manager necessary
  • Software will still run disconnected from the network
  • Install at home too (non-concurrent usage)

My next post will address activating your Autodesk product.

Take care.

2012 Rollout Event

May 26, 2011

Yesterday was our 2012 Rollout Event and 10 year anniversary for holding these rollout events.

We had a great turn-out.

We here at Total CAD System’s, would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to come out and join us for this once a year event.

We hope you learned some new things and had fun doing it.  Please let us know how we did by emailing us or commenting here on how we can improve our events and/or what you liked and disliked. 

Thanks again and we hope to see you for the 2013 rollout next year.