Well, everyone that knows me knows how much I love to talk about managing files. I have this instilled in me because it is one of the biggest questions or problems that companies face. So while you are in school I hope to instill in you a love for simple file management. It is called "the vault". The vault is simply a secure folder for all of your files. It does not damage your files in any way, but instead hides them from you (safe and secure). Most file management tools (also called PDM for Product Data Management) are not the easiest to understand or install. I did not find this with our tools which are designed to work out of the box.
So let's talk about working as a team. I was sitting in a lecture for ASME www.asme.org on "Computers in Education" and one of the professors asked the question about managing the many files that the students create. I thought what a great subject to talk about. Whether you are working as a team or working by yourself Autodesk Vault is a great asset to use. So how does Vault work?
It works with a client/server application. This means that if you want to work as a group that you will have two separate software installs.
You have the ADMS which stands for Autodesk Data Management Server which is the server side of the application. This is where your files are held secure. It also does an awesome job of keeping them together so no one deletes them or moves them by accident.
The other side is any machines that can access that ADMS and has the Autodesk Vault Explorer (commonly referred to as the vault or explorer) installed can view anything in the ADMS with the proper permissions. The install is painless and here is why.
When you installed Autodesk Inventor you had to choose whether to install the vault or not. Even if you decided not to install it you may has installed the ADMS anyway. How did that happen? Well, the content center which houses thousands of pre-spec'd parts is also safely housed in the ADMS. So if you are not sure whether it is installed or not, look at your Start menu like so....
So if you have the ADMS installed you may already be half way there. Next time we will go thru the install process. Have a great weekend.