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Transfer to a new server as of Allplan 2022

 | Last modified: 23.01.2023 13:39
 
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Question:


How can the "central file storage folder" of an existing Allplan installation be moved to a new server?

General:

Before the changeover, make sure that a current data backup of the central file storage is available.
The data is not moved but copied during the changeover.
To avoid duplicate data storage, all workstations of the existing network installation should be migrated in this way. These instructions apply equally to installations with and without workgroup manager.


Answer:

  1. Before the changeover, create a folder on the new server (e.g. Data) and share this folder with everyone with full access (e.g. as Data). Create a subfolder Allplan under it. (e.g. \\Server\Daten\Allplan).Allplan works with UNC path. This means that for a network installation, a folder must exist for the central file storage on which Allplan 2022 is to be installed, which is shared by all computers.
  2. Exit Allplan on all workstations.
  3. Open the Allplan Diagnostic Tool via Allmenu->Service->Allplan Diagnostics. There you switch to the tab "Settings"
  4. Under the "Workgroup Settings" field press "Browse". In the browser that appears, you can browse for the new share by entering the UNC name of the new server or the complete path at the top and confirming with Enter. Select your new central file storage folder and confirm with OK. Note that if you are using the Workgroup Manager, the new path must be entered in a UNC-compliant way only. (e.g.: \\Servername\ nemdata\2022)
  5. To start the changeover, press the "Set" button. The copy process starts and the configuration is changed. The data is not moved but copied and this workstation is now converted and accesses the new data store.

Note:

To avoid duplicate data storage, all workstations of the existing network installation should now be converted via the same path. For the other workstations, the copying process of the project and STD folder is prevented with a corresponding note, since the routine already recognizes these folders on the new server. only the configurations on the computer are changed.

Strange behavior in Allplan

Version:  Allplan 2023, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2021  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:56
 
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Question:

My projects in Allplan are suddenly incomplete, or projects are suddenly missing in the project list. What could be the reason for this?



Response:

Check whether the Windows synchronization is active. Sometimes it can happen that the synchronization was activated by a Windows update.
Then deactivate it again.

To do this, go to the Windows search and enter Control Panel.
Make sure that the Control Panel shows all items. To do this, go to Category at the top right of Display and select 'Small icons' or 'Large icons'.

In Control Panel, go to Synchronization Center ->click on left side Manage Offline Files.
Here it should say under General - Enable Offline Files.
If Disable Offline Files is displayed here, click on it and use it to disable synchronization.
Then click on Apply.
In order for the settings to be applied, you must now restart your computer.

Now test the behavior in Allplan again.

Allplan is running slow

Version:  Allplan 2020, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2019  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:52
 
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Question:

Why is Allplan running so slow?


Answer:

Check the following points:

1. Current version
Make sure you work with the current Allplan version.

  • Do the following or ask your system administrator to do this:
    Open Allplan and click the ‘?’ icon in the upper right-hand corner. Click ‘Update Allplan’.
    Select 'Find now'. If Allplan finds updates or hotfixes, download the installation packages.
  • Deactivate the virus scanner while your are installing updates or hotfixes. This might require administrator privileges. Contact your system administrator if you have problems.
  • Right-click the Allplan icon on the desktop. A shortcut menu opens.
    Select ‘Run as administrator’ and click ‘Yes’ to confirm the following message.
    As a result, Windows security settings do not block the installation.



2. System requirements:
Check the hardware and software required for your Allplan computer.

2.a)Download and run the system test.
Check the notes.
https://www.allplan.com/de/system/systemvoraussetzungen/

2.b)Check the Allplan system requirements:
https://www.allplan.com/de/system/systemvoraussetzungen/

2.c)You can find information about graphics cards at
https://connect.allplan.com/de/support/grafikkarten.html

2.d)You can find server operating systems you can use for the central file storage of Allplan at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20140924094923.html


3. Hotline tools:
Start the Services application, open the ‘Service’ menu and select ‘Hotline Tools’. To save your settings, select the following tools.

- savestd: Saves user defaults.
- savereg: Saves CAD registry settings.

Start the Services application, open the ‘Service’ menu and select the following ‘Hotline Tools’:

- cleanup: Initializes the display.
- cleanstd: Resets CAD defaults.
- cleanreg: Resets CAD registry settings.

Check whether this has solved the problems.
If this is not so, restore the settings you just saved. To do this, start the Services application, open the ‘Service’ menu and select the following ‘Hotline Tools’:
- reststd: Restores saved user defaults.
- restreg: Restores CAD registry settings.


4. Color scheme selected in Allplan:
Start Allplan, open the ‘View’ menu, point to ‘Toolbars’ and select ‘Customize User Interface’. Open the ‘Customize’ tab and set ‘Color scheme and icon design’ to ‘Windows’.


5. Check the availability of all projects that are not online (if you use Workgroup Manager):
Start Allplan, open the ‘File’ menu and select ‘New Project, Open Project’. Deactivate ‘Check availability of all offline projects’.


6. Virus scanner
Check whether an anti-virus program is running in the background of the computer or server.
If so, reduce protection to "programs only".

Scanning "all files" can take a long time, considerably slowing down your computer when you switch between projects or exit the program.
You can exclude the Allplan installation folders from real-time scanning.When you start the Services application, you can see a list of the folders to be excluded.
You can find more information at
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20091126145752.html
Changes in the settings of the virus scanner only come into effect when you re-start the computer.


7. Aero desktop effects
Deactivate the Aero desktop effects of Windows.
To do this, open the Control Panel, select ‘Ease of Access’ and go to the ‘Make things on the screen easier to see’ area.
Select the ‘Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)’ option.


8. Name resolution on the network
If Allplan takes several minutes to start, name resolution on the network may not work.
To check this, do the following:
Right-click the Windows Start Button, select ‘Run’, type in ‘cmd’, click OK, type in ‘Nslookup’ and press ENTER.
Go to the line following the > character, type in the name of the Allplan data server and press ENTER.
The reply starts with the name and address of the server providing name resolution.
You can find the name and address of the Allplan data server in the second group.
If problems occur, contact your network administrator and ask him or her to configure name resolution correctly.


9. Speed of Allplan projects
Check whether some Allplan projects are slower than other Allplan projects.
Start with the empty project and check whether it is slow too.
After this, select any other Allplan project.

If it is only the current project that is slow, the problem may be caused by the data of the current project.
In this case, the data of this project must be analyzed in detail.
Contact technical support.


10. Network: checking out Allplan using Workgroup Manager
If you use Allplan with Workgroup Manager, you can check whether the problems are caused by the network. To do this, check out the workstation with the project in question and use the project on the local Allplan workstation.
You can find detailed information on checking out an Allplan workstation using Workgroup Manager in the
Services application. Open the ‘Help’ and select ‘Workgroup Manager’.

After you have checked out the workstation, Allplan no longer accesses the central file storage of the server.
If this has solved the problems, they are caused by the network. In this case, the network must be checked in detail.
Contact your network administrator and ask him or her to do this.

If the project is still slow, the problem may be caused by the data of the current project.
In this case, the data of this project must be analyzed in detail.
Contact technical support.


11. Log files and system information files
If all the points above do not solve the problems, technical support requires more system information about the computer running Allplan.

  • So, we would be grateful if you could send us a support request (Allplan Hotinfo with Allplan logging).
    To create a support request, start the Services application, open the ‘Service’ menu and select ‘Create support request (Hotinfo)’.
    Several dialog boxes open. Select ‘Technical Support Allplan’ and ‘Enquiry with Allplan logging’. Enter all the data required. Finally, click ‘Finish’.
    Another dialog box opens, prompting you to start Allplan. Click the ‘Start Allplan’ button.
    Allplan starts, logging all processes.
    Try to reproduce the problem as exactly as possible.
    Exit Allplan as soon as possible, reducing the data in the log file to a minimum.
    Then click ‘Next’ to generate the support request with the log file.
    You can find more information about Hotinfo at
    https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20140528094911.html
  • To analyze the Windows system environment, we would ask you to send us the logs created by Windows Event Viewer of your computer.
    To start Windows Event Viewer, right-click the Windows Start Button, select ‘Run’ and type in ‘eventvwr.msc’.
    You can also type in ‘Event Viewer’ in the search box of Windows. This displays the link file to the Windows event logs.
    Using Event Viewer, create *.evtx files for the application log and the system log in the ‘Windows Logs’ area and for the ‘Administrative Events’ log in the ‘Custom Views’ area.


Please send us the files.

New installation with a central file storage on a dedicated server without/with workgroup manager as of Allplan 2022

Version:  Allplan 2022  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:56
 
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Task:

In a network installation, in addition to the program folder located locally on the respective workstation computer, there is a central file storage folder on the data server via which all users can access the office standard and all projects.

How is a new installation of several Allplan workstations with a central file storage on a dedicated server carried out?
What are the requirements?
How is the workgroup manager installed if the license includes it?

1. Preparation

Server operating system or system requirements:

When selecting the data server to be used, please refer to our system requirements. We recommend
Windows Server 2022. Also check whether the system requirements are met on the clients and perform a system test on them.
The system requirements and system test can be found here: https://connect.allplan.com/support/sysinfo/2022.html

We explicitly point out that NAS (Network Attached Storage) is only supported on the basis of Windows Storage Server.
DFS (Distributed File System) with Allplan is not supported; it can lead to crashes, deadlocks and deleted files.

Share structure

Allplan works with UNC path. This means that for a network installation, the central file storage on which Allplan 2022 is to be installed must have a folder that is shared by all computers with full access.
Before installing Allplan, create a folder on the server (e.g. Data) and share this folder with everyone with full access (e.g. as Data). Create an Allplan subfolder under it. (e.g., \Server\Data\Allplan). Point to this path during installation.

Allplan Download:

Download the version Allplan_2022-X-X.zip as an installation package. You can do this via Allplan Connect at

https://connect.allplan.com/en/support/downloads.html

or from our Webdrive at the following link:

https://webdrive.allplan.com/s/4LrjrymoxESzC6p

The current full download is located in the folder /Allplan/2022


2. Installation on the first workstation:

Log on as administrator on the workstation where Allplan 2022 is to be installed.

Double-click AllplanSetup.exe in the folder that you used to unpack the installation package.
Confirm the welcome screen with Start setup. Confirm the terms of the software license agreement displayed in the following License Agreement dialog box by clicking Agree.
On the General tab of the Settings dialog box, select the country-specific settings to be installed under Select country and the language for the Allplan user interface under Select language.

Note: The country and language that are set for the operating system on the workstation in question are suggested. If the country and/or language are not recognized, English is used. Please avoid selecting unnecessary countries or languages, as this will greatly increase the data volume to be installed.

Now select the target paths in which the programs and files of Allplan 2022 are to be installed.

Program folder: Specify the folder for the program files. Normally, it is not necessary to change the folder suggested here. In any case, the program files must always be installed locally on each workstation.
Central file storage folder: Specify as the central file storage folder the folder created and shared on the data server as described in section 1. (e.g. \Server Data File Folder).

Click Install. The installation of Allplan 2022 is started.

Note: If the installation could not be completed successfully, you will receive a corresponding message. In this case, you will find the file Error Report of Allplan_Installer.zip in the folder C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp. The file contains important information that you can pass on to ALLPLAN GmbH Technical Support if you need to contact them.

In certain cases, you will be prompted to restart the computer after completing the installation of Allplan 2022. In this case, restart the computer and log in again after the restart as the local administrator or as a user with administrator rights.


2a. Installation with the Workgroup Manager option
(If your license does not include this option, go to step 3).

If your license includes the Workgroup Manager option, please proceed as follows before installing the other workstations.
Start Allplan 2022 once immediately after installing the first Allplan workstation in the network and then stop it again. Then activate the workgroup manager directly as follows.

To do this, start Allmenu 2022 on the first computer.
Call up Allplan Diagnostics. Allmenu->Service->Allplan Diagnostics
In Allplan Diagnostics, select the Settings tab and check "Workgroup Manager" in the Workgroup Settings area. Click on Set. The workgroup manager is now activated.

If the check mark for "Workgroup Settings" cannot be activated, it is because the central file storage folder "Net Path" is not entered in a UNC-compliant manner. (e.g.: \\Servername\Daten\Allplan). Change this if necessary. Under "Browse" the UNC name of the new server (e.g.: \\Servername) or the complete path (e.g.: \Servername) can be entered in the opening browser.
(e.g.: \\Servername\Daten\Allplan) and confirm with Enter. Select your central file storage folder and confirm with "OK".
Even if the central file storage folder is located locally on the same computer, the path must be entered as UNC address!

Exit Allplan Diagnostics by clicking Close.
Allmenu now additionally contains the Workgroupmanager menu.


2b. Creating the Allplan users

As a result of the initial installation, the installing Windows user is created in Allplan as a user with administrator rights. On the first installed workstation, create all other Windows users of the other workstations as Allplan users in the workgroup manager:

Allmenu -> Workgroupmanager -> Manage users -> Right click -> Create user.

Under "User name", a freely selectable Allplan user name with up to 8 characters in length can be assigned.
Under "Windows user name", the user name that the user uses when logging on to the computer must be specified.

Important: If the user logs on to the computer via a domain, this must also be specified under "Windows user name", e.g.: DOMAIN\User
Under "User group" the administration right can be granted:
Administrator" must be selected in the drop-down menu. Existing users can thus also be granted administration rights at a later date.


3. installation on the other workstations

Now install Allplan 2022 on all the other workstations as described above under "2. Installation on the first workstation". Enter the folder created and released in step 2 for the central file storage on the data server as the central file storage folder. (e.g. \Server DataAllplan).

Note: If the Workgroup Manager was activated after the first workstation was installed (see step 2a.), it is automatically activated on all other Allplan workstations installed in the same network by selecting the Central file storage folder.



Hint:

Detailed installation instructions can also be found at the following link:

https://help.allplan.com/Allplan/2022-0/1031/Installation/index.htm#286.htm

Installation on a new computer with data transfer from the old computer

Version:  Allplan 2015, Allplan 2017, Allplan 2014, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2013, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:57
 
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Question:

A new computer is to replace the existing one.
How can I transfer the existing data and settings of the existing Allplan installation to the new computer?



Solution:

Please note that this solution only works with stand-alone versions.
Install the same version of Allplan on the new computer and transfer the data as follows:

1st - transferring the data:
Transfer the following folders from the old computer to the new one:
Project folder (PRJ)
Office standard folder (STD) and
User folder (USR)

You can determine the path to these folders on both the new computer and the old computer as follows:
Services application->Service->Hotline Tools->Showcfg: shows system variables ->OK
You can find the paths to the folders after PRJ, STD and USR.

2nd - transferring the toolbar configuration:
Export the configurations from the old computer by clicking View -> Toolbars -> Customize... -> Export...
You can then import the configurations to the new computer by clicking View -> Toolbars -> Customize... -> Import...

License server - getting licenses by using VPN

 | Last modified: 06.02.2023 12:22
 
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Question:

How can I use a license server license outside the office (for example, when working with my own computer from home)?



Answer:

Computers that are not on the company network must use a VPN connection to access the server.
You can get licenses from the license server directly over the network or VPN.

Note the following points when you use VPN:
Communication with the license server is by TCP/IP via port 22350.
Make sure that the VPN connection does not switch to sleep mode. Otherwise, it is better to borrow a license by using VPN instead of getting the license directly from the server.
You can use only iPv4 for the VPN connection; iPv6 is not supported by Allplan.
The firewall must be configured on both sides - client and server - so that the connection is allowed. Otherwise, add the port as an exception to the firewall.

Allplan automatically finds the license server on the local network. If you have not selected a license, Allplan automatically selects the first available license.

After having installed Allplan on the clients, you can use the “License Settings” dialog box to configure license selection.
Services application -> Utilities -> License settings
License selection
Find license server automatically:
When you select this option, Allplan automatically detects a license server on the LAN. In some cases, such as VPN connections, Allplan might not be able to detect a server automatically. In this case, you can enter the server manually (see Additional server name).
Note: Only the Windows administrator can change this option.

Additional server name:
If “Find license server automatically” is not selected or Allplan has not automatically found a license server, you can manually enter the name or the IP address of the server. Enter only the name or the IP address of the server; do not enter a UNC path. After having entered the server name, click “Update” to see the licenses of the license server. Use semicolons to separate several server names.

If the license is visible and the connection is stable, you can get the license directly from the server when you start Allplan. If the connection is not stable, we recommend that you borrow a license. To get instructions, use the following link:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20160523165423.html


Note:
VPN is not useful for common project storage, but you can use VPN to get a license.

Windows service for licensing is blocked by virus scanner

Version:  Allplan 2023, Allplan 2017, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2016, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2019  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 14:00
 
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Question:

Suddenly, one of the following error messages pops up: "This license is no longer available", "CmActLicense runtime system is not installed!" or "NemAll_DataResource20.dll: Start Error 102". After this, Allplan does not start anymore. How can I solve this problem?


Answer:

The local Windows service, which is used by licensing, is not running correctly.

If communication with the local Wibu service is blocked, Allplan cannot find the license anymore. This is often caused by the virus scanner.
So you need to exclude the "Codemeter" folder from virus scans.
You can find this folders in the following path:
C:\Program files (X86)\Codemeter
C:\Program files\Codemeter
C:\ProgramData\CodeMeter

Then restart the service:

Start CodeMeter Control Center.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen and enter Codemeter.

CodeMeter Control Center -> Process -> Start CodeMeter Service
If the service is running, stop it and restart it.



Important note:

Follow this link to find out how to configure the virus scanner in conjunction with real-time scanning. Exclude all Allplan folders with their subfolders from virus scans. You can display the paths to the Allplan folders in the Services application window.

https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20091126145752.html


Fixing Allplan

Version:  Allplan 2017, Allplan 2016, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2019  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:58
 
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Question:

How can I fix Allplan program data?


Answer:

You can fix Allplan program data by renaming the program folders and installing an update.
Due to the new names, Allplan cannot find the resources during the update. Consequently, it creates new resources.

To fix Allplan program data, do the following:

You need the latest installation package for your version.
You can download this package from Allplan Connect (www.connect.allplan.com)
Copy the zip file to the local computer and unzip the file.

  • Open the Services application of the Allplan version you want to fix.
  • Select Service -> Windows Explorer -> CAD program folder.
  • Rename the "PRG" folder "PRG_OLD". If Windows Explorer tells you that a file is still in use, restart the computer and try again.
  • Start the *.exe file of the installation package you just unzipped.
  • Select "Update installation".
  • When Setup prompts you for the license, select "Current license file" or "Use active license".
  • Select "Minimum" for the Setup type.



Allplan gets new program resources during installation.
As soon as the installation is complete, you can test how Allplan behaves.


Note:

If you are not sure, give these instructions to your system administrator.
Keep in mind that you install the version of the installation package you downloaded. This means that you may have to reinstall any subsequent hotfixes.

Enabling privilege set for user

Version:  Allplan 2014, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2015, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2016, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2017  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 14:00
 
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Questions:

Why can’t I see anything in a project or why are elements missing from drawing files?
Why are layers not visible?
Why is it not possible to select a privilege set in layer selection?



Answer:

Probably, you have not yet been assigned any privilege sets or the layers are frozen in the privilege set in question. First, check whether you can select another privilege set.


1. Selecting another privilege set

To do this, select the project in question and open the layer settings(Format -> Select, Set Layers). Go to the “Privilege set in list box” area at the top on the right and check whether you can select another privilege set (for example, ALLPLAN).
By default, all layers have full access rights in the predefined ALLPLAN privilege set.

If there is no privilege set with full access rights, you should assign the privilege sets correctly.
This can only be done by a user with administrator privilegesor, in the case of a project-specific layer structure, by the project owner.

Thus, log on as a user with administrator privileges and do the following:


2. Assigning a privilege set

Select the project with the frozen layers.

Open the layer settings(Format -> Select, Set Layers). Switch to the "Privilege Set" tab and click Define, modify privilege set.

Select the relevant user and assign the privilege set using the arrows.

Click OKto confirm.


3. Adjusting layers’ access rights in the privilege set

Finally, check the access rights of the layers in the privilege set assigned.
Go to the "Privilege set in list box" area at the top on the right and select the relevant privilege set (for example, ALLPLAN).

Check the area on the left to see whether there are frozen layers (gray or white). To change this, select these layers or simply select all layers using CTRL+A. Then click the Full access right (modifiable)icon in the “Change rights” area.
Click OKto confirm.

The next time you open this project, you can select this privilege set in the layer settings. You can then see all layers and set them to modifiable.

Do the same with print sets.


Alternative:

Since version 2006, the administrator has been able to select Show all users all print sets and privilege setsin the “Administrator options” group on the “Privilege Set” tab (“Design group” in version 2006). Thus, you do not need to assign new users to privilege sets. This option applies to all projects.

However, as soon as a user has been given a privilege set or print set, this option no longer applies to this user.



Note:

As a project can have its own layer structure, it is essential that you check the privilege set in the correct project.
To find out whether a project has its own layer structure, click
File -> New Project, Open Project-> right-click the relevant project -> Properties. Check whether the path settings for Layerstructuresare set to Officeor Project.

Turning on GPU rendering for Microsoft remote desktop

Version:  Allplan  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:51
 
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Question:

What might cause Allplan not to function correctly in a Microsoft remote desktop environment?
And what can I do to solve these problems?



Answer:

Running graphic-intensive software in a Microsoft remote desktop environment might be restricted because GPU rendering is turned off for Microsoft remote desktop by default. You can solve problems by configuring the Windows local group policy on the host so that GPU rendering is turned on during a remote desktop session.

Important notes:

  • It is the IT service provider or office administrator who is responsible for configuring the Windows local group policy. This is not part of the support services provided by Allplan’s technical support.
  • In this context, Allplan’s technical support does not assume any responsibility for possible problems you might have with your computer.

To configure the local group policy, do the following:
Start the local group policy editor in Windows: Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc

Local group policy editor starts.

Select the path in the area on the left: Local computer policy -> Computer configuration -> Administrative templates -> Windows components -> Remote desktop services -> Remote desktop sessions host -> Remote session environment -> RemoteFX for Windows Server 2008 R2.



Turn on the following settings in the area on the right:

1) “Configure RemoteFX“

2) “Optimize visual experience when using RemoteFX”

3) “Optimize visual experience for remote desktop service sessions”

Do not change the other predefined parameters in the dialog boxes.



Select the path in the area on the left: Local computer policy -> Computer configuration -> Administrative templates -> Windows components -> Remote desktop services -> Remote desktop sessions host -> Remote session environment.

(This is the folder superior to the one selected beforehand.)



Turn on the following settings in the area on the right:

1) “Use hardware graphics adapters for all remote desktop services sessions”

2) “Configure compression for RemoteFX data”

Do not change the other predefined parameters in the dialog boxes.

Restart the host to apply the new local group policy settings. Afterward, you can use the GPU of the host.

License server - borrowing licenses temporarily

Version:  Allplan 2019, Allplan 2017, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2020  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:50
 
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Question:

How can I temporarily borrow a license for a client from the license server?



Answer:

To borrow a license, do the following:

Notes:
You cannot borrow licenses on the license server. You can do this only at the clients.
You can only borrow and return a license if the client is connected with the license server.
Computers that are not on the company network must use a VPN connection to access the server.

At the client:

  • Open the 'License settings' dialog box: Services application -> Utilities -> License settings.
  • Click License selectionon the left. Then click the license you want to borrow so that this license is highlighted in blue.
  • If this license is a license server license, the Todayand Borrowbuttons in the 'Borrow license for:' area are no longer grayed out.
  • The Todaybutton always shows the preset period of time. The default setting is Today. If you want to change the period of time, click the Todaybutton. You can then choose from various options.
    Note: When you select 'Today', the license will be available again for all Allplan users on the server tomorrow.
    When you select a number of days, borrowing will always be valid for 24 hours. For example, you borrow a license for 1 day and borrowing starts at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, the license will not be available on the server until 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The same applies to selecting days on the calendar.
  • After having specified the correct period, click Borrowto borrow the license at once.


You can immediately see the borrowed license in the license selection below your computer name. Click the green information button to get details about this license. For example, you can see when the borrowed license will automatically be returned to the server.

  • If you want to return the license to the server before the time period expires, click the license again so that it is highlighted in blue. The Return licensebutton is now available. Click Return licenseto immediately return the selected license to the server.


Options window / IFC window closed immediately when opened

Version:  Allplan 2016, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2017  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:55
 
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Question:

The windows for options and the window for IFC import and export are closed immediately when opened. How can this issue be solved?



Answer:


1. HP computer

If you are using an HP (Hewlett-Packard) computer, please take these steps. Otherwise proceed to number 2.

Check whether the security software "HP ProtectTools" is installed on this computer. If yes, then uninstall "HP ProtectTools". This software suite consists of several progams. In most cases, these programs are:

  • HP ProtectTools Device Access Manager
  • Embedded Security for HP
  • Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools
  • File Sanitizer For HP ProtectTools
  • Privacy Manager for HP ProtectTools
  • Theft Recovery
  • Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools
  • HP ProtectTools Security Manager



It is possible that more or less HP software than the listed is installed. When you uninstall the "HP ProtectTools Security Manager", no other dependent software should be listed during uninstallation.

If there is dependent software listed during uninstallation, please uninstall these programs first. As the last step, "HP ProtectTools Security Manager" should be uninstalled.

An example message, listing dependent software which is still installed:




Important notice: Please restart the computer to complete uninstalling the software.




2. Dell computer

If you are using a Dell computer, please take these steps. Otherwise contact the Allplan support.

Check whether the security software "Dell Data Protection" is installed on this computer. If yes, then uninstall "Dell Data Protection". This software suite consists of several progams. In most cases, these programs are:

  • Dell Data Protection | Security Tools Authentication
  • Dell Data Protection | Security Tools


It is possible that more or less Dell software than the listed is installed. When you uninstall the "Dell Data Protection", no other dependent software should be listed during uninstallation.

If there is dependent software listed during uninstallation, please uninstall these programs first. As the last step, "Dell Data Protection" should be uninstalled.

An example message, listing dependent software which is still installed:




Important notice: Please restart the computer to complete uninstalling the software.




Notes:

HP ProtectTools Security Suite was developed by McAfee in cooperation with HP. It is pre-installed on most HP business notebooks and on some HP desktop computers.

HP ProtectTools are using Full Volume Encryption (FVE) by McAfee Safeboot, which changes the Win32 API behaviour. This causes problems in Allplan.

Also Dell is using similar mechanisms for the Dell Data Protection Suite. They have the same influence on Allplan.

Please note that these programs in either case have negative effects on stability and functionality of Allplan, even if you might not notice it (example: working options and IFC windows in different Allplan version).


Installing and configuring the license server

Version:  Allplan 2018, Allplan 2016, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2017, Allplan 2021  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:55
 
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Question:

I purchased the license server. How can I install and configure the license server?



Answer:

Allplan is using since version 2016 a new protection system. Licensing is based on CodeMeter by Wibu Systems AG since then. You can no longer use NemSLock Server with Allplan 2016 and higher.

Allplan requires a Product Key. Using this key, you can activate your license online. The Product Key is a unique, 26-digit character string. You can use it to activate a license for Allplan.
You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect. Go to http://connect.allplan.com/license
Note: The license is downwards compatible til version Allplan 2016-1-4 even if a higher version is displayed.



To install the license server, download the software for the license server from Allplan Connect


The Wibu license server is part of the CodeMeter driver, which is installed along with Allplan. If you have already installed Allplan on the license server, you do not have to install additional software. But you can also install the license server separately; you do not have to install Allplan.
In any case, install and activate the license server before you install Allplan on the clients.

You can activate a license in online mode only if you have ...

  • Internet access
  • a Product Key
  • a license server license; you cannot use other licenses with the license server.




Installing the license server

  • You must install the license server on a 64-bit Windows system.
  • Start License Server Setup on the computer you want to use as the license server.
  • Click Install.
  • Start the license server by starting the License Settings program. Go to the License activation area, enter your Product Key and click Activate license.
  • If you have more licenses for the license server, enter the respective Product Keys and activate the licenses.
  • Afterwards, start CodeMeter Control Center.

To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen: enter Codemeter and press ENTER. A dialog box opens. Click WebAdmin at bottom right.

Or
Enter Localhost:22350in the address bar of your browser.

  • Select Configuration -> Server -> Access server in the Network server area and click Activate.
  • Click Apply.



Configuring the license server (optional)

You can use the CodeMeter WebAdmin application to administer the license server.
To start and stop the license server service, you can use CodeMeter Control Center.

  • CodeMeter Control Center -> Action -> Start or Stop CodeMeter Service


Access control
By default, all users on the LAN, who have installed the CodeMeter driver, can use a license from the license server.

  • Basic access control: you can enter a list of client computer names or IP addresses that are allowed to access the license server.
  • Advanced access control: you can specify global access rules (for all licenses) to control access to the licenses.


License tracking
To activate license tracking, you have to set the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WIBU-SYSTEMS\CodeMeter\Server\CurrentVersion\LogLicenseTracking registry entry to 1 and restart CodeMeter Service.

After having activated this key, you can use CodeMeter WebAdmin to create a report showing details about the licenses used over a specific period of time. To do this, open CodeMeter WebAdmin and go to the 'Server' - 'License Tracking' page. Select the period of time and the license for which you want to generate a report. Then click 'Create report'. If you click a single bar, you will get detailed analyses per day or per hour.

CodeMeter WebAdmin saves the reports to C:\ProgramData\CodeMeter\Logs.



Installing and configuring clients

Note for Version 2016: Install at least Allplan 2016-1-4 on the clients.

The license server license will be detected automatically on the network.
Install Allplan on the clients. When you are prompted to select the license file, click Use active license. Follow the installation instructions.

  • You do not need to activatethe clients.


Allplan automatically finds the license server on the local network. If you have not selected a license, Allplan automatically selects the first available license.

After having installed Allplan on the clients, you can use the 'License Settings' dialog boxto configure license selection.
Services application -> Utilities -> License settings

Areas:

  • License activation: this area is not relevant to clients taking their license from the license server.
  • License selection: use this section if you get the license from a license server or if you have several licenses and you want to select the preferred license.
  • Start as a viewer: click this button if you want to start Allplan as a viewer.



License selection

You can see the names of the available licenses with their seat numbers.
The 'Available' column indicates how many licenses are still available. Click the dropdown arrow to see a list of users currently working with a license.

Priority:
Select the check box in front of a license to select this license as a favorite. You can mark as many licenses as you want. Allplan will then prefer these licenses. Click to select one ore more licenses Allplan is not to use. If you do not select any license or if you have selected several favorites, Allplan will automatically use the first free license it finds.

Find license server automatically:
When you select this option, Allplan automatically detects a license server on the LAN. In some cases, such as VPN connections, Allplan may not be able to detect a server automatically. In this case, you can enter the server manually (see Additional server name).
Note: Only the Windows administrator can change this option.

Additional server name:
If 'Find license server automatically' is not active or Allplan has not automatically found a license server, you can manually enter the name or the IP address of the server. If 'Find license server automatically' is active, you can enter an additional server. After having entered the server name, click 'Update' to see the licenses of the license server. Use semicolons to separate several server names.


Note:

You can find detailed information on the license server in the License Settings help (F1 key).

Allplan communicates with the license server via TCP/IP. By default, communication is via Port 22350 unless you change the port in CodeMeter WebAdmin.

If a firewall is active on your computer, you must enable port 22350 for TCP and UDP. If the firewall filters in an application-specific manner, you have to enable the CodeMeter.exe license server service. You can find this service in the %Program Files (x86)%\CodeMeter\Runtime\bin Windows folder. Define the CodeMeter.exe service as an exception in the firewall. Some anti-virus programs also include firewall functions. If you are not sure, contact the manufacturer of the anti-virus program.

Installing and configuring the license server

Version:  Allplan 2022, Allplan 2023  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:53
 
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Question:

I purchased the license server. How can I install and configure the license server?



Answer:

Allplan is using since version 2016 a new protection system. Licensing is based on CodeMeter by Wibu Systems AG since then. You can no longer use NemSLock Server with Allplan 2016 and higher.

Allplan requires a Product Key. Using this key, you can activate your license online. The Product Key is a unique, 26-digit character string. You can use it to activate a license for Allplan.
You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect. Go to http://connect.allplan.com/license
Note: The license is downwards compatible til version Allplan 2016-1-4 even if a higher version is displayed.



To install the license server, download the software for the license server from Allplan Connect


The Wibu license server is part of the CodeMeter driver, which is installed along with Allplan. If you have already installed Allplan on the license server, you do not have to install additional software. But you can also install the license server separately; you do not have to install Allplan.
In any case, install and activate the license server before you install Allplan on the clients.

You can activate a license in online mode only if you have ...

  • Internet access
  • a Product Key
  • a license server license; you cannot use other licenses with the license server.




Installing the license server

  • You must install the license server on a 64-bit Windows system.
  • Start License Server Setup on the computer you want to use as the license server.
  • Click Install.
  • Start the license server by starting the License Settings program. Go to the License activation area, enter your Product Key and click Activate license.
  • If you have more licenses for the license server, enter the respective Product Keys and activate the licenses.
  • Afterwards, start CodeMeter Control Center.

To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen: enter Codemeter and press ENTER. A dialog box opens. Click WebAdmin at bottom right.

Or
Enter Localhost:22350in the address bar of your browser.

  • Select Configuration -> Server -> Access server in the Network server area and click Activate.
  • Click Apply.



Configuring the license server (optional)

You can use the CodeMeter WebAdmin application to administer the license server.
To start and stop the license server service, you can use CodeMeter Control Center.

  • CodeMeter Control Center -> Action -> Start or Stop CodeMeter Service


Access control
By default, all users on the LAN, who have installed the CodeMeter driver, can use a license from the license server.

  • Basic access control: you can enter a list of client computer names or IP addresses that are allowed to access the license server.
  • Advanced access control: you can specify global access rules (for all licenses) to control access to the licenses.


License tracking
To activate license tracking, you have to set the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WIBU-SYSTEMS\CodeMeter\Server\CurrentVersion\LogLicenseTracking registry entry to 1 and restart CodeMeter Service.

After having activated this key, you can use CodeMeter WebAdmin to create a report showing details about the licenses used over a specific period of time. To do this, open CodeMeter WebAdmin and go to the 'Server' - 'License Tracking' page. Select the period of time and the license for which you want to generate a report. Then click 'Create report'. If you click a single bar, you will get detailed analyses per day or per hour.

CodeMeter WebAdmin saves the reports to C:\ProgramData\CodeMeter\Logs.



Installing and configuring clients

Usually the license server license will be detected automatically in the network.
Install Allplan on the clients. There is no license druing setup necessary.
Follow the installation instructions.

  • You do not need to activate the clients.


Allplan automatically finds the license server on the local network. If you have not selected a license, Allplan automatically selects the first available license.

After having installed Allplan on the clients, you can use the 'License Settings' dialog boxto check and configure license selection.
Services application -> Utilities -> License settings

Areas:

  • License activation: this area is not relevant to clients taking their license from the license server.
  • License selection: use this section if you get the license from a license server or if you have several licenses and you want to select the preferred license.
  • Start as a viewer: click this button if you want to start Allplan as a viewer.



License selection

You can see the names of the available licenses with their seat numbers.
The 'Available' column indicates how many licenses are still available. Click the dropdown arrow to see a list of users currently working with a license.

Priority:
Select the check box in front of a license to select this license as a favorite. You can mark as many licenses as you want. Allplan will then prefer these licenses. Click to select one ore more licenses Allplan is not to use. If you do not select any license or if you have selected several favorites, Allplan will automatically use the first free license it finds.

Find license server automatically:
When you select this option, Allplan automatically detects a license server on the LAN. In some cases, such as VPN connections, Allplan may not be able to detect a server automatically. In this case, you can enter the server manually (see Additional server name).
Note: Only the Windows administrator can change this option.

Additional server name:
If 'Find license server automatically' is not active or Allplan has not automatically found a license server, you can manually enter the name or the IP address of the server. If 'Find license server automatically' is active, you can enter an additional server. After having entered the server name, click 'Update' to see the licenses of the license server. Use semicolons to separate several server names.


Note:

You can find detailed information on the license server in the License Settings help (F1 key).

Allplan communicates with the license server via TCP/IP. By default, communication is via Port 22350 unless you change the port in CodeMeter WebAdmin.

If a firewall is active on your computer, you must enable port 22350 for TCP and UDP. If the firewall filters in an application-specific manner, you have to enable the CodeMeter.exe license server service. You can find this service in the %Program Files (x86)%\CodeMeter\Runtime\bin Windows folder. Define the CodeMeter.exe service as an exception in the firewall. Some anti-virus programs also include firewall functions. If you are not sure, contact the manufacturer of the anti-virus program.


Fullsetup Download from Allplan 2023

Version:  Allplan 2023  | Last modified: 10.01.2023 08:32
 
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Question:

How can the complete setup be downloaded from version Allplan 2023?


Response:

As of version 2023, Allplan is installed via Minimal Installer, which downloads only those components that are actually required for the installation case.
If, for example, the complete installation package with all optional components is required for rolling out the setup, it can be downloaded via layout mode.

To do this, run the setup with the command line parameter "layout" and the desired download path.
To do this, download the installation package from Allplan Connect as usual. 
Create a folder locally, e.g. C:\AllplanSetup. Unpack the installation package and copy the Allplan_2023_x_x_Installer.exe into this folder.
Then start the command prompt or Windows PowerShell in the path of the already downloaded installation exe. (e.g.: Allplan_2023_0_0_Installer.exe).
Run the installation with the parameter.
The syntax is as follows:
[PathSetupExe] -layout [PathDownload].

Example:

C:\AllplanSetup\Allplan_2023_0_0_Installer.exe -layout C:\AllplanSetup\.

After starting the setup using this parameter, the installation progress window appears as usual. However, no installation is performed.
The successful download is confirmed accordingly in the dialog after completion.

The setup can now be executed by double-clicking the already existing installation.exe (e.g.: Allplan_2023_0_0_Installer.exe). 

Fixing NemSLock after Windows update

Version:  Allplan 2014, Allplan 2013, Allplan 2015  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:58
 
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Question:

After I updated Windows (8 to 8.1; 8.1 to 10), Allplan only starts as a viewer. What can I do?


Answer:

Windows update corrupts Nemetschek Softlock License Manager.
To fix Allplan, do the following:

You need the latest installation package for your version.
You can download this package from our webdrive

https://webdrive.allplan.com/s/4LrjrymoxESzC6p

You can find the installation packages in the following path:
Allplan/"Version"/Installationspaket/

Copy the zip file to the local computer and unzip the file.
Start the installation and run an update use our temporary license file.

You can download the temporary license from Allplan Connect:
https://connect.allplan.com


After the installation, you can open License Manager again (Services application -> Utilities -> License -> License Manager). Next, install the temporary license (*_psd.nslock): "Install - Install license"
Note: the status of the temporary license is set to "Expired".

Next, create a new registration request.
To generate a registration request, do the following:

Open License Manager (Services application -> Utilities -> License -> License Manager). Select the license entry for your seat and click "Request license".
Follow the instructions displayed on screen. Complete the form. Do not forget to enter your email address.

Check that the Client ID and CD Key are correct.

Send the registration request to: register@nemetschek.de.

Fehlermeldung CodeMeter ist nicht installiert / CodeMeter neu installieren

Version:  Allplan 2021, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2017, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2022, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:54
 
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Question:

You suddenly receive the error message "System requirements not met. CodeMeter is not installed. An update installation might fix the problem." How can this be fixed?


Answer:

The service required for licensing is no longer running correctly on your computer.

Please proceed as follows on this computer:

In the first step, uninstall the existing components of Codemeter Runtime Kit. You will find the program in your Windows program list.

In the second step, install the Codemeter Runtime program again.
You can download a current and released version of "Codemeter Control Center" from the following link.

https://webdrive.allplan.com/s/4LrjrymoxESzC6p

The program is located in the folder.
/General/Wibu/

(Click on the three dots to the right of the file size and select download)

Start the file "CodemeterRuntime.exe" bypassing the user account control.
For installation, activate the file with the right mouse button and select in the context menu that is then available
"Run as administrator".
Confirm all messages in the setup, as well as the settings made with 'Next'.
Codemeter Control Center will then be installed.


Note:
We recommend excluding Codemeter from the virus scanner. You can get information about this at the following link:
https://connect.allplan.com/de/faqid/20151209133620.html

Allplan does not start after crashing - cannot find a license for running Allplan

Version:  Allplan 2022, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2017, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2016, Allplan 2021  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:52
 
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Question:

After crashing, Allplan does not start anymore. When you open license selection in the license settings, you can see the following message: "Cannot find a license for running Allplan." How to solve this problem?



Answer:

Restart the service:

Start CodeMeter Control Center.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen and enter Codemeter.

CodeMeter Control Center -> Process -> Start CodeMeter Service
If the service is running, stop it and restart it.



The crash causes this problem. The fact that the license is not available is a consequential error.

Note:

If Allplan crashes often,
send the following information by email to your Allplan Support:

  1. An exact description of the last step before the error or crash occurred.
  2. The error message itself (as a screenshot). To find out how to take a screenshot, look at
    https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/0001cb36.html
  3. A support request (Hotinfo) with question 01. To find out how to create a support request, look at
    https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20140528094911.html
  4. The 'Allplan.out' log file. To find out how to create a log file, look at
    https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/0001a27a.html

How to handle licenses when upgrading to Allplan 2022

Version:  Allplan 2022  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:56
 
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Question:

What license issues do I need to consider when upgrading from Allplan 2019/2020/2021 to Allplan 2022?


Answer:

Installation options during Setups

Upgrade - program update with transfer of all project data, office and user settings.
The existing Allplan installation is upgraded to version 2022. If several Allplan versions are installed, only the latest version will be suggested for upgrade. Projects, office and user settings are automatically transferred from 2019/2020/2021 to Allplan 2022. Allplan 2019/2020/2021 is then no longer available.

New installation without transfer of project data, office and user settings:
Existing Allplan installations remain unchanged. Office and user settings are not transferred to version 2022. You can import projects after installation using the following Allplan function:
New project, open-> Import projects.

New installation with transfer of office and user settings:
Existing Allplan installations remain unchanged. Office and user settings are automatically transferred from 2019/2020/2021 to version 2022. In the case of multiple installed Allplan versions, only the most current version is suggested for transfer. If you have installed with a central file store, make sure that you create a folder with a suitable share on your central file store (server) beforehand. This folder can then be selected as the "central file storage folder" during setup. You can import projects after installation with the following Allplan function:
Project new, open-> Import projects.



Depending on the licensing system you use, you need to consider different points.

There is no license request when installing Allplan 2022. Therefore, make sure in advance that your licenses are also suitable for this version, e.g. by purchase or a valid service contract.

1. Upgrade Allplan 2022 – stand-alone workstation

Your license for Allplan 2022 will be updated after installation, when you start Allplan 2022 for the first time. Start Allplan 2022 and you will be prompted to update the license. Select "Update now" here. The license is updated online. You can then start Allplan 2022 directly or close the license window.

Note:
To install Allplan 2022 on a new computer, please read on connect.allplan.com/license within the menu item Information on Installation and Licensing the instructions Transferring license to a new computer.

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to: connect.allplan.com/license


2. Upgrading Allplan 2022 with a license server


Start by updating your license(s) at the license server. After this, upgrade the clients. To do this, start the License Settings program on the server. Click License Activation on the left, and then click the license you want to update. Click Update License.

After the license(s) update, you can perform the Allplan upgrade installation on the client computers.


NOTE:
Check the version of your installed license server on the server. Starting with the license server version 2016-1-4, the detailed version status (Build-ID) is displayed directly in the lower left corner of the License Settings program.
At least version 1.1196.xxx.xxx should be displayed here. If an older Build ID is displayed, then you still have an older license server in use. In any case, please update your license server. Download the software for the license server from the Allplan Connect service portal. Detailed instructions can be found at connect.allplan.com/license under the menu item Information on installation and Licensing' and the instructions 'Updating license server and licenses'.

Note: You can update the licenses only at a license server you have already installed. If you want to switch to Allplan 2022 and move the license server to a new server, please read on connect.allplan.com/license within the menu item Information on Installation and Licensing the instructions Moving license server to a new server.

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to: connect.allplan.com/license


Downloading licenses from Allplan Connect

You can also obtain your activation codes for Allplan 2022 IBD in the Allplan Connect service portal.
To do this, click Profile > License Management.

You can only use this function as an administrator.

How to handle licenses when upgrading to Allplan 2023

 | Last modified: 20.10.2022 15:19
 
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Question:

What license issues do I need to consider when upgrading from Allplan 2020/2021/2022 to Allplan 2023?


Answer:

Installation options during Setups

Upgrade - program update with transfer of all project data, office and user settings.
The existing Allplan installation is upgraded to version 2023. If several Allplan versions are installed, only the latest version will be suggested for upgrade.  Projects, office and user settings are automatically transferred from 2020/2021/2022 to Allplan 2023. Allplan 2020/2021/2022 is then no longer available.

New installation without transfer of project data, office and user settings:
Existing Allplan installations remain unchanged. Office and user settings are not transferred to version 2023. You can import projects after installation using the following Allplan function:
New project, open-> Import projects.

New installation with transfer of office and user settings:
Existing Allplan installations remain unchanged. Office and user settings are automatically transferred from 2020/2021/2022 to version 2023. In the case of multiple installed Allplan versions, only the most current version is suggested for transfer. If you have installed with a central file store, make sure that you create a folder with a suitable share on your central file store (server) beforehand. This folder can then be selected as the "central file storage folder" during setup. You can import projects after installation with the following Allplan function:
Project new, open-> Import projects.



Depending on the licensing system you use, you need to consider different points.

There is no license request when installing Allplan 2023. Therefore, make sure in advance that your licenses are also suitable for this version, e.g. by purchase or a valid service contract.


1. Upgrade Allplan 2023 – stand-alone workstation

Your license for Allplan 2023 will be updated after installation, when you start Allplan 2023 for the first time. Start Allplan 2023 and you will be prompted to update the license. Select "Update now" here. The license is updated online. You can then start Allplan 2023 directly or close the license window.

Note: To install Allplan 2023 on a new computer, please read on connect.allplan.com/license within the menu item Information on Installation and Licensing the instructions Transferring license to a new computer.

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to: connect.allplan.com/license

2. Upgrading Allplan 2023 with a license server

Start by updating your license(s) at the license server. After this, upgrade the clients. To do this, start the License Settings program on the server. Click License Activation on the left, and then click the license you want to update. Click Update License.
After the license(s) update, you can perform the Allplan upgrade installation on the client computers.

NOTE: Check the version of your installed license server on the server. Starting with the license server version 2016-1-4, the detailed version status (Build-ID) is displayed directly in the lower left corner of the License Settings program.
At least version 1.1196.xxx.xxx should be displayed here. If an older Build ID is displayed, then you still have an older license server in use. In any case, please update your license server. Download the software for the license server from the Allplan Connect service portal. Detailed instructions can be found at connect.allplan.com/license under the menu item Information on installation and Licensing' and the instructions 'Updating license server and licenses'.


Note: You can update the licenses only at a license server you have already installed. If you want to switch to Allplan 2023 and move the license server to a new server, please read on connect.allplan.com/license within the menu item Information on Installation and Licensing the instructions Moving license server to a new server.

You can find your Product Key in Allplan Connect as usual. Go to: connect.allplan.com/license


Downloading licenses from Allplan Connect

You can also obtain your activation codes for Allplan 2022 IBD in the Allplan Connect service portal.
To do this, click Profile > License Management.
You can only use this function as an administrator.
 

Switching to a new server (Allplan 2014 and higher)

Version:  Allplan 2017, Allplan 2020, Allplan 2018, Allplan 2019, Allplan 2021, Allplan 2016  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:50
 
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Question:

How can I move the "central file storage folder" of an Allplan installation to a new server?



Note:

The procedure described below is not approved by Allplan. Do this at your own risk.
You are strongly advised to clarify all issues in advance.
If you are not sure what to do, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall Allplan or consult technical support.
Always copy a file before you change it.



Answer:

A. General information
Copy the "central file storage folder" from the old server to the new server.
You can find this folder under a shared folder.
Create the same folder structure and share (including the share name) on the new server, making things easier for you. However, this is not mandatory.


B. Allplan installation with Workgroup Manager

1. Changes on the server
Enter the new server name in the following files on the new server. You can find these files in the NET folder, which is a subfolder of the central file storage folder. You can open the files in an editor and edit them there.

data.cfg
· Enter the server name in CAPITAL LETTERS (also applies to user.cfg and project.dat!), for example, SERVER.
· Do not delete the blanks after the server name.
· If the share name or folder name has changed, you need to enter the new name after the blanks.

user.cfg
· Since Allplan 2014 this file is encrypted and is saved in ANSI format
· Open the files with editor. After the = change the server name to new name, use CAPITAL LETTERS (without any blanks).
· When finished click on file in the left top and chose save file as
· File name: user.cfg
· File type: text file (*.txt)
· Encyryption(Coding): ANSI
· Save

Note: if the server name is not shown in user.cfg please contact us again by sending your fuser.cfg and the new server name.

project.dat
· Rename the "project.dat.xml" file "project.alt.xml".
· Then go to step "2. Changes on the workstations". Complete the process for one workstation!
· When you have finished, do the following:
Services application -> Service -> Hotline Tools -> reorg -> Restore project management file -> OK


2. Changes on the workstations
On each workstation, you must adjust a value using the registry editor.

Switch to the following key:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Nemetschek\Allplan\'version number'\InstallRoot


In the "NetDrive" value, enter the new server name and the new share name, for example, \\SERVER\Nemdata.
In the "NetPath" value, enter changes in the subfolders, for example, \Nemetschek\Allplan.
Together NetDrive and NetPath define the valid path of the "central file storage folder" on the new server, for example, \\SERVER\Nemdata\Nemetschek\Allplan.


C. Allplan installation without Workgroup Manager
If Workgroup Manager is not installed, use the procedure described in B. You can ignore step "1. Changes on the server".


D. In addition: check the licensing system you are using!

Standalone license:
If you run Allplan using standalone licenses, there are no particular issues to bear in mind.

Wibu license server:
If you want to use the license server also on the new server, you need to return the license on the old server. Install license server on new server and activate the license on the new server again. You can find detailed instructions at:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618134224.html


Note: If you want to create an image of the server or virtualize the server, please contact the technical support team.

License server - activating a license offline on the server

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Question:

Although the server is not connected with the Internet, I would like to activate the license with the Product Key for the license server. What can I do?

Information:

The easiest way to activate and return Allplan licenses is to do this online. In other words, the server has Internet access. However, you can also activate your license on a computer without Internet access (offline licensing).

Requirements for activating a license offline:

  • You have a valid Product Key.
  • The license server is installed on the server. At least license server 2016-1-5 is installed.
    You can find detailed information on the version (Build-ID) at bottom on the left in the License Settings program.
  • You have another computer with Internet access.


Important: Activating a license offline involves two steps. In addition, you need to upload a receipt file so that you can return the license offline later.

There are the following basic steps:

  • Creating and uploading the license request file
  • Downloading and importing the license update file
  • Creating and uploading the receipt file


If you have several license server licenses, you need to do this for each license.

The online computer uses the following web page:
http://lc.codemeter.com/59885/depot/index.php



Note:

As both the license file and the receipt file are saved with the name of the container number by default, it may happen that you mix up these two files. Thus, we strongly recommend that you use meaningful names for the files. For example, include the word “license” in the name of the license file and “receipt” in the name of the receipt file.
This is particularly important if you want to activate several licenses offline.


Answer:

Activating licenses offline

To activate licenses, use CodeMeter Control Center.
Start CodeMeter Control Center.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. An an alternative, go to the Windows search box and type Codemeter.

Select the empty Allplan CM6container (long number starting with 130; gray symbol).
If the container is not available, save the file attached to the C:\Program Files\Allplan GmbH\License Settings folder. Then open this file using the shortcut menu. This imports the empty container to CodeMeter Control Center.

Select the new, empty Allplan CM6 container and click Activate licenseon the right. Select Create license request. Create a *.WibuCmRaC file for this container.


Take this file to a computer that is online. Go to the following web page:
http://lc.codemeter.com/59885/depot/index.php

Enter your Product Keyin the “Ticket” line and click Next. You can now see your license. Click Activate license.

Next, select the Fimcode 6000100area on the right.

You can see your license with all available updates. Make sure everything is selected. Click Offline License Transferat the bottom on the right.

You can now upload the *.WibuCmRaC file (Browse....) by clicking Upload license request now. This creates your license, which you can download by clicking Download license update file now. Install this license on your server.

To do this, open CodeMeter Control Centerand click File -> Importlicense.


The activated license is now visible in the License settingsand can be used for the Allplan clients.


Finally, upload the receipt file.
To do this, open CodeMeter Control Centeragain and select the new Allplan CM6 container (with the number 130-XXXXXXX).

Then click License update -> Next -> Create receipt.
Create the receipt file for this container.
Upload this receipt file using the web page.

Take this file to the computer that is online. Click Nexton the web page.
If you have already closed the web page, use the link given above and enter your Product Key once again. Then select Continue with license transfer.
Select the receipt file and click Upload receipt now.
Click OKto confirm. This completes license activation.


Note:
After you have activated the license on the server, proceed as described in “Installing and configuring the license server”. You can find this guide here:
https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20150618084450.html.


Returning licenses offline
You can return licenses in the same way:

  • Creating and uploading the license request file
  • Downloading and importing the license update file
  • Creating and uploading the receipt file

Download
- Allplan_CM6.002.WibuCmLIF (2 KB)

First steps to solving hardlock license problems

Version:  Allplan 2014, Allplan 2015, Allplan 2013  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 13:51
 
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Question:

Allplan starts as a viewer. What can I do?



Answer:

Do the following:

1. The Allplan license folder contains the servcfg.nse file.

Open this folder:
Services application -> Service -> Windows Explorer -> General program data (ETC, LIC) -> License.

Delete the servcfg.nse file from this folder.

2. Install the new, appropriate license, which you can find in the attached file. Save the license to a folder on your computer and install it as follows:
Services application -> Utilities -> License -> Install HARDLOCK License

3. Check that the light indicator of the connected USB dongle (blue or white stick) is on all the time. To test it, you can connect the dongle to a different port.

4. Install the current hardlock driver if the light indicator is off.
You can find detailed instructions here:

https://connect.allplan.com/en/faqid/20131028125253.html

5. Select the Services application -> Utilities -> License -> License settings -> Licenses.
Check if "Allplan FT" is displayed in the white window on the left. If this is so, Allplan has accepted the dongle.

If this is not so, send the logmes.nse file, info.001 file and the new servcfg.nse file (license folder) to support.de@allplan.com


License server - assigning access rights for seats to individual users

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Question:

How can I give individual users the right to see and select specific seats on the license server? And how can I deny users this right?
Sometimes, it may be necessary that a specific user does not see the seat with, for example, the terrain option so that this user cannot use this seat inadvertently.


Answer:

Using WebAdmin, you can give users rights for specific seats on the license server.
Please note the following points:

1. Before you start, check that at least CodeMeter Version 6.50 is installed on the license server.
Start CodeMeter Control Centeron the server.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen. Enter Codemeter and press ENTER. Select Help -> About to see which version of CodeMeter is installed. If the version displayed is older than version 6.50, you must install the latest version of CodeMeter Control Center. Go to the following website
and download the CodeMeter User Runtime for Windowsprogram.

https://www.wibu.com/de/anwendersoftware.html

2. Open WebAdmin. Start CodeMeter Control Centeron the server again.
To do this, use the Windows start menu and select CodeMeter -> CodeMeter Control Center. As an alternative, open Search by clicking the Search button on the Start screen, enter Codemeter and press ENTER. A dialog box opens. Click WebAdminat bottom right.

Or
Enter Localhost:22350in the address bar of your browser.

3. Go to "Configuration -> Server -> License Access Permissions".
Select Mode: Advanced.

4. Go to "Advanced Mode Configuration -> Specific access rules -> Add Firm Code"and select "6000100 - Allplan GmbH". Click Add. "Specific access rules"now inlcude "6000100 - Allplan GmbH".





5. Click "Add Product Code"to select the seat for which you want to define access rights. However, this is only possible if the "Distinction based on Product Item Text" check box is selected.
The "Note" section below in this FAQ lists the abbreviations given at the end of each seat. These abbreviations represent the license contents.
Select the required seat and click "Add" again. Repeat these steps to assign more seats.





6. After having defined the product code, you can now assign an access rule.
By default, all users are allowedto access this seat.
Select the product code you just defined and click "Add new access rule".
Click "User" and enter the required user.
When you click in the field next to "User", you can see all available users with their domain names.
Select the user or enter the user manually. For example, enter DOMAINNAME\SSample and select the right you want to assign to this user by clicking "Allow" or "Deny".

If the default setting is "Allow", you can thus deny users access to the license. If the default setting is "Deny", you can thus allow users to access the license again.
You can add more rules. When you have configured all rules, click "Apply" to apply the changes.

7. You need to restart CodeMeter Service so that the changes take effect.
To do this, select CodeMeter Control Center -> Process -> Stop CodeMeterServiceand then click Restart CodeMeter Service.Before you restart the service, make sure all users have closed Allplan.


Information:

Client access can be defined by one of the following parameters: computer name, IPv4 subnet, user name or group name.
Enter the required parameter in the corresponding field. If you use an active directory, the program auto-completes entries in the "User" and "Group" fields.


Here comes a practical example:

Think about which setting is most useful to you. For example, you have two seats: seat 01 with 7 architecture licenses and seat 02 with 1 architecture license and 1 terrain license. Only two specific users should be able to use seat 02. If you want to deny all other users access to seat 02, you need to add seat 02 to specific access rules and define a rule for this seat 02. First, set the default setting to "Deny". Then, add these two users and select or "Allow" for these users. As a result, all other users can only see seat 01 and these two users can see seats 01 and 02.

However, if you want that these two users can only see seat 02, you need to add both seats to specific access rules and define a second rule for seat 01. Add these two users to this second role and select Deny for these two users. The default setting, which applies to all the other users, is still Allow. As a result, all other users can see seat 01 and these two users can only see seat 02.


Note:

The following abbreviations are used:

T Terrain
B Bamtec
W Workgroup
K Key Plan
M Bridge Modeler
L Cadastral plans for conduits
S Language option
V Visualization
A Architecture option
E Engineering option

Here are some examples:

Architecture:
"Allplan Architecture 2017”

Architecture + Terrain
"Allplan Architecture 2017 T"

Architecture + Bridge Modeler
"Allplan Architecture 2017 M"

Architecture + Terrain + Bridge Modeler
"Allplan Architecture 2017 TM"

Creating PDF files

Version:  Allplan 2013, Allplan 2012, Allplan 2011  | Last modified: 17.10.2022 14:00
 
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Question:

How can I use Allplan to create PDF documents (Portable Document Format) that can be opened and viewed using PDF viewers such as the free Acrobat Reader?



Answer:

You can export PDF files directly from Allplan.
In addition to the design, bitmap areas and text, the direct export tool transfers layers, OLE objects, transparency and gradients.
Of course, you can also use external programs such as Adobe PDF and FreePDF to create PDF files. However, these programs do not provide all the options mentioned above. For example, transparency is not transferred.

Allplan provides the following options for exporting PDF data:

1. using the layout editor:
Create -> Plot Layout -> Export PDF Data

2. using the print preview:
Click the Export PDF Data icon in the toolbar at the top

3. exporting 3D PDF files from the animation window:
You can create a PDF file from the animation window. This file contains the 3D model displayed in the animation window.
This option is not described any further in this FAQ.


General settings:

When exporting PDF data, you specify the file name in a dialog box, where you can also make basic settings for the PDF file:

  • Resolution (in dpi)
  • Document size (paper size (with margin) or printable area (without margin))
  • Entire layout content
  • Archiving format PDF/A 1a
  • Export layers
  • Embed TrueType fonts
  • ...
  • Add to file (first select an existing PDF file in this dialog box and then select this option -> the PDF file is attached as a new page to the existing file)
  • Grayscale (version 2011 and later)
  • Open file with associated application (should be selected. After you have created it, the PDF file automatically opens in this application so that you can check it.)



Note on the page format (new in Allplan 2011):

In Allplan 2011 and later versions, you set up a page in Allplan. The page size should be used as the size for the PDF file.
You need to exactly define the size you require for the page.

To use the page size for exporting the PDF file, select the following options:

  • Select 'Paper size (with margin)'.
  • Clear the 'Entire layout content' check box, if necessary.



Notes on 1. settings in the Plot Layout module:

You can make advanced settings in the "Plot Layouts" dialog box.
The following settings are used for exporting PDF data:

  • Plot elements / options (Selection tab)
  • Paper format and orientation (Output tab); see the above notes on the page format.
  • Resizing: Resizing factor, resize pen thickness and rotation by 90° (Settings tab)
  • Pen and color assignments... (Settings tab)
    -> Line thickness for monochrome output and line colors for color output
    -> Line display in color, black or using shades of gray (can only be changed when you select a color printer beforehand)
    -> Gamma correction
  • No pen optimization/ Use one pen only (number:)
  • Plot profile (Settings tab)




Notes on 2. settings in the print preview:

The PDF file is exported as it is currently displayed on screen.
You can make the settings that are used for the "Print" tool directly in the print preview (Display tab in the Print Preview Options).



Notes:

To export PDF data in color, you need to install a printer driver that supports color and select this driver in the layout before you start exporting the PDF data.
It is advisable to install a printer driver for a large-format color plotter such as an HP DesignJet even if your office is not equipped with a large-format printer/plotter.
[Install as a local printer/ without plug & play, port: FILE, do not share the printer, do not print a test page.]

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