How To Configure for Mechanical Desktop Data Migration In Solid Edge

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Before translating Mechanical Desktop data, you must ensure that the Mechanical Desktop server and the Solid Edge client are properly configured.

Required Software for Mechanical Desktop Server
The MDT Data Migration command assumes that Mechanical Desktop version 6, 7, or 8 is installed on a computer somewhere on your network. Solid Edge is not compatible with Mechanical Desktop versions other than 6, 7, or 8.

Before getting started with any data translations, you must run a setup procedure on the computer where Mechanical Desktop is loaded. To run the setup procedure:

Step 1. Insert the Solid Edge CD into the computer running Mechanical Desktop.

Step 2. From the Solid Edge CD, navigate to the data Migration folder and double-click setup.exe.

No additional software or setup procedures are required for the Solid Edge client.

Supported Operating Systems
The Mechanical Desktop Data Migration command supports:

Windows Professional 2000

Windows 2000 Server

Windows XP

Solid Edge supports Windows XP SP1 and SP2. However, for SP2, you need to follow these steps if you are executing the MDT Migration wizard or Pro-e Migration wizard when the server is being accessed from a remote location.

Server running XP SP2
Under this configuration, you must modify the XP-SP2 firewall settings.

Step 1. From the Control Panel, under Windows Firewall, disable the firewall.

Step 2. On the Start menu, click Run, and on the Run dialog box, type GPedit.msc to run the Local Computer Policy.

      Step 2.1. Browse to Local Computer Policy ->Computer Configuration?Windows Settings?Security?Settings?Local Policies?Security Options.

      Step 2.2. Click on each of the security options related to DCOM and add the users to whom you want to provide launch and create permissions. You can add groups or individual users to this list.

Removing the Mechanical Desktop Configuration
You should use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel to remove the Mechanical Desktop Server software.

The following describes a server connection problem that might occur during Mechanical Desktop data migration along with a possible solution for the problem.

User Account Authentication
Client user accounts must be authenticated on the Mechanical Desktop Server for a connection to be established. This requires that the same user account and password be present on Mechanical Desktop server. For workgroups, all of the Solid Edge clients must be in the same workgroup as the Mechanical Desktop server. For domains, both the users logged in Mechanical Desktop server and to the client should be part of the same domain. Do not use one local user and one domain user. This will not authenticate the client user to launch Mechanical Desktop server.

The user account logged on Mechanical Desktop server must have administrator privileges.

Launching Mechanical Desktop
If you are unable to launch Mechanical Desktop on the server, there are a few things you should check.

You must install the Mechanical Desktop Server component on the Mechanical Desktop server before you can establish a connection between the server and client machines. You can install the component by executing Data Migration\setup.exe from the Solid Edge CD.

You may not have sufficient privileges to launch this program on the Mechanical Desktop server. To check if you have privileges to launch this program, check the permissions on the Solid Edge computer:

Step 1. Navigate to Start/programs\Administrative tools\ component services\computer.

Step 2. Click the right mouse button on My Computer and select Properties.

Step 3. Select the default COM Security and edit the Launch Permissions.

Step 4. Ensure that the person logged in to this computer is a member of one of the groups listed. If not, add the appropriate user or group to this list.

Step 5. Check the Default Properties tab on the Properties dialog box to ensure that the distributed COM is enabled from the Solid Edge computer.

Use Add/Remove Programs to remove Solid Edge Mechanical Desktop Server Side Component, and reinstall the component.

Access Denied
You may receive this error if you do not have sufficient privileges to write to the server working folder.

Incomplete Assemblies
You may incur a problem with incomplete assemblies because some of the Mechanical Desktop assembly links reside in different folders. If Mechanical Desktop does not find these folders in its search paths it fails.

To solve this problem, make sure that Mechanical Desktop searches all of the folders that might contain the Mechanical Desktop assembly or drawing files.

To do this, add a “search_path_file” entry to Mechanical Desktop configuration file. You should set the value to be the full path of the text file, which contains one or more folder paths in which the dependencies of the Mechanical Desktop assembly reside.

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