Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Enable WINDOWS 7 Administrator Account with Group Policy (GPO)

Administrator account is disabled by default on Windows 7.
Group Policy can be used to enable it.
Create a new GPO and go to: Computer configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Security Options. On Right Pane click on Accounts: Administrator account status and change the settings to Enabled.

To enter a password for the Local Administrator Account, Group Policy Preferences can be used:

Go to Preferences -> Control Panel Settings -> and right click on Local Users and Groups. Choose: New -> Local User. From Drop-down menu on User name choose: Administrator (built-in).
Put the password and confirm it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

FLEXlm license finder issue

During customization of 3ds Max 2009 Software Package for Network deployment described on AutoDesk web site (http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=14195309&linkID=9241177), Network License Server has been configured:

But after the installation when 3ds Max has been started, from some reason the value for Network License Server previously configured in Network deployment package is not accepted, FLEXlm license finder pop-up and ask for License File or License Server.

Solution for this can be adding System Environment variable ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE with the value of @SERVERNAME and deploying on the workstations using GPO Preferences.

@SERVERNAME - is the name of your Network License server

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Deploying 3ds Max 2009 using SCCM 2007 R2

Creating of Customized Network deployment of 3ds Max is described on AutoDesk web site:


When the creation of Network Deployment is done a shortcut 3dsmax_2009.ini is created.

Click on it will allow 3ds Max to be installed in silent mode (if silent mode is specified during network deployment creation).

This shortcut points to the subfolder AdminImage which call setup.exe, use switch /I and 3Dsmax_2009.ini file created by Network deployment procedure.

setup.exe /I 3Dsmax_2009.ini

setup.exe and 3dsmax_2009.ini contains network UNC path where they are physically located.

\\server\share\3dsmax_2009\AdminImage\setup.exe /I \\server\share\3dsmax_2009\AdminImage\3dsmax_2009.ini

Using this syntax  SCCM package can be created and 3ds Max 2009 will be successfully deployed:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

nvpxplugin.dlm failed to initialize

DLL C:\Autodesk\3ds Max 2009\PluIns\nvpxplugin.dlm failed to initialize.
Error code 14001 - This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect.

This error message appears when Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 has been launched on Windows XP SP2 64-bit.

Solution is to reinstall the following applications:

  • NVIDIA PhysX System Software
  •  NVIDIA_PhysX_Plug-in_3dsMax_x64_2.01.1222.0945.msi
        Plugin for 3ds Max is free but it requires to register to download it.