Join Gordon Luckett for an in-depth discussion in this video Check in and check out, part of Learn Vault: The Basics.
- [Voiceover] The process of checking in and out with AutoCAD is very similar to the Vault client. Once you check-out a file in AutoCAD from Vault, the file's locked for editing, but it's still available for visualization and read-only download. Let's go into our Exercise Files and open up the PARCELS.dwg in AutoCAD. Once the DWG opens, let's click on the Vault ribbon and log in. We're gonna log in to Vault. Again, the User Name here, I'm just using the default, Administrator, the Server is that IP, pick the Vault, the only one on this server is MYVAULT so we'll use that, and we'll click OK.
Let's check-in this file as is. We'll go into My Project and put it in the Source directory, click OK, and click OK, and that will upload the file from the desktop up into the Vault, creates a visualization file, or DWF in this case, automatically and uploads that as well, so when you check-in a DWG, it uploads both the DWG and it's associated DWF. Now, we are working on the Vaulted copy, meaning we're using the DWG from Vault, no longer the one from the desktop, and we look at the Vault, we're working on this, so if we want to check this out again, what we can do is we can say check-out, we'll save it, so let's edit this file now that it's checked-out.
What we're gonna is we're gonna take this large island in the middle of your screen, we'll zoom in a little bit, and we're gonna change the hatch color of this large section of this island. This is called New Castle Island, as a matter of fact, in the city of Nanaimo. We're gonna right-click and go Properties after we select it. We're gonna change it to a blue color, so under Color, we're gonna change it to Blue, and we're gonna change the Transparency to zero so it's a solid blue color. Now it's very obvious, and then we'll pick on the Vault, and we're gonna check it back in, and click OK, it'll upload it, Yes, we'll save and continue.
Once we've checked-in the file, let's open up the Vault client directly, go to the Source where we uploaded the PARCELS, and if we pick on the PARCELS drawing, now that it's been checked-in, you can see that we have two versions of the same file. We have version one without the blue New Castle Island, and if we flip back to version 2, you can see that it most certainly is now bright blue. Using Vault to check-in and check-out DWG files ensures that users don't overwrite files that are being used by others.
This process will ensure that most recent version of the DWG is always available for everyone.
This course concentrates on the administrative side of Vault Basic. Gordon Luckett shows how to install a Vault server on a central Windows Server, and install the Vault Basic client on a computer with AutoCAD. The server and client are used to track how AutoCAD DWG and other non-CAD files are added, searched, and checked in and out of Vault. Gordon also covers autoloading files to Vault, and backing up and restoring the system. The final chapter covers the premium features in Vault Professional, such as categories, rules, and revisions.
- Installing the Vault server and client
- Organizing files and folders with Vault Basic
- Adding files
- Searching files
- Setting up client administration settings
- Connecting to Vault from AutoCAD
- Checking files in and out
- Autoloading files
- Backing up and restoring Vault
- Working with Vault Professional