Change Revit 2013 Standalone Installation to a Network Installation

Below, James Pray details a very technical document meant for BIM/CAD Manager/I.T.-types who have historically been frustrated by transitioning Autodesk licenses from standalone to network installation. This is specifically for transitioning Revit 2013 standalone to network; but, take it for what it’s worth and feel free to modify it for your specific needs.

By: James Pray – Super I.T. Geek at initial.aec

Before implementing anything in this document, you will need to have a system setup with all network versions of any Autodesk product you have. You will then need to copy the “ProductInformation.pit” file from C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Adlm to the network or any system you are changing.

Registry Changes – Make sure to back up your registry before making any changes

HKCU\Software\FLEXlm License Manager

Create or Modify String – “ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE”
Add paths to Autodesk program folders (Ex. C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2014; C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2013\Program)


Copy “REVIT-XX:XXXX” Key and Create REVIT-05:0409 key
In REVIT-05:0409, modify they following strings:
SerialNumber = network serial number
InstallationType = 2
InstallationTypeTxt = single

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013\ADLM

Change type to 1

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013\Components

Change ProductCode = 7346B4A0-1300-0510-0409-705C0D862004

File Changes – Make sure to back up all files before making changes or replacing


Rename and Replace “ProductInformation.pit” file with same file from other system with properly installed network license of all programs that should be network license on this system.
Rename “CascadeInfo.cas” file


Modify LicConfig.ini file
SerialNumber = Network License serial number
Type = single

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\<RevitProgramFolder>

Modify License.ini file
ProductKey = Network version product key

Create Environment Variables

Create System Variable = ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE
Value = @Server1, @Server2, etc (ex. @D-VSH1-LICENSE, @C-LICENSE)

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FormIt – Getting Started

In this click saver I want to talk about Autodesk FormIt. Some of you might have been trying out FormIt already but at the Chicago AIA Conference they previewed a significant update with some enhanced features that really takes FormIt to the next level.

FormIt can be used on multiple platforms; IPad, Android, or through your browser. Autodesk has been working hard to make all of the platforms behave the same way and have the same features in it. For this article I’m going to be using the browser version.

Also, if you would like to be on the beta please contact  Tobias “DOT” Hathorn “@” (trying to filter the spam for him), he is the Sr. User Experience Designer for FormIt.


The website to get started is: and from here is where I’m going to start building a conceptual design model. Take note that you will need an Autodesk 360 account which is free: The reason for the Autodesk 360 account is for saving the FormIt models. Along with saving the conceptual design model as an AXM file it also automatically converts it to a RVT file. With that said, Autodesk is bridging the gap on being able to take the conceptual design model directly into Revit, no more throw away models.


Here are a few examples, if you pick on the Gallery button on the website you can see many more.


As for navigation most of it can done though the mouse. The wheel does the normal zoom that we all know and love, holding down the wheel will do pan, and pick and drag on the drawing plane will orbit. There is a toolbar on the right that you can also use.

All of the main tools are at the top. When drawing lines to create a closed shape remember that it is a pick and drag motion. If trying to create a line from an existing line make sure your cursor is over the endpoint and drag again to draw the line.


Once you have a closed shape a surface is created, just double-click on the surface and drag it to turn it into a solid. While dragging to create the solid you will notice a temporary dimension. You can pick on it so a dialog box pops up so you can type in an accurate dimension.FM5

You can also double-click an edge and drag the edge to taper it.


FormIt automatically detects when you are on a surface when you draw lines. With that in mind you can create recesses or additions to the model by drawing additional closed loops.


When dragging an edge and you want it to align to another edge just drag your cursor over to the edge that you need. You will see a icon showing that FormIt sees the edge.


This will help you start modeling in FormIt but let’s put some context to the shape that you are creating. On the bar at the top is the ability to set the location of your design which will give you accurate shadows.


Once this is done you will probably want to move the model to the desired location. Just double-click on the model to highlight it and right-click to see the editing tools. You have the standard move, copy, rotate, and array. You can also select two solids using the CTRL key and Join them together as one object.


You can adjust the sun settings using the top bar to get a real-time daylight study.


One of the last things to look at is adding materials to the surfaces to make the model a little more lifelike. On the left is a tiny vertical bar that if pick on it will open the material manager. To use a material first double-click on a surface and then select the material that you would like to use.


The great thing about FormIt is when I want to take the model into Revit I just need to login into my Autodesk 360 account and download the RVT file.


Next month we will look at taking the model into Revit and the tools to covert the mass into building objects. Hopefully be then they will have released a few other beta features that I been working with to enhance this great tool.

Talking about design tools, another tool to keep a watch on is InfraWorks. This tool is great at site design and pulling together all of the GIS and 3D terrain. This year Autodesk is really getting focused on bringing us conceptual design tools that easily come into Revit when we want to move further into design development. See you in class or at your office, Jarod

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Fast and Accurate Lighting Analysis

Lighting Analysis for Revit is a fast cloud service that uses Autodesk 360 Rendering to expose electric and solar lighting results directly on the Revit model. The results are validated against Radiance, a commonly used simulation tool, and displayed in-canvas more quickly. The service also offers automated daylighting analysis for LEED.

Lighting Analysis

Learn More Here

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