Legacy user libraries that contain user-published content or standard content modifications must be migrated to make them usable in Content Center. If your legacy libraries reside on a server, you must first transform the libraries to the new server database schema. We recommend you to transform libraries by the migration process that is started automatically after installation. After you transform legacy libraries on the server, copy them to the server partition for the new Autodesk Inventor version. Then migrate and synchronize libraries by using the Update Tool.
Configure Libraries dialog box lists libraries available in the Desktop Content location or in the corresponding partition of the Vault server. Out-of-date user libraries are marked with the following icon:
|Migration needed marks a library that contains data from a previous version of Autodesk Inventor. The library cannot be used in Content Center until it is migrated.|
|Synchronization needed marks a
library that contains data families with a link to parent families
and some of the parent families were changed. |
The library can be used in Content Center but instanced members of parent families and copied families may differ.
Update Tool is a wizard that migrates the content of legacy libraries into the current Autodesk Inventor version and synchronizes the copied families with link and their parents.
Migration process transfers family templates and family data to a new Autodesk Inventor format. All legacy user libraries must be migrated before they can be used in a new version of Autodesk Inventor.
A legacy user library is marked as Migration Needed, when it is added into the configuration in a newer Autodesk Inventor version.
Synchronization process propagates edits from a parent family to the copied (child) family with link. Data overridden on the family copy are preserved, but all other changes are applied. If you changed the template file, your template file is overwritten on family update.
A family with a link becomes out-of-date if the parent family changes (that means if a new version of the parent family is installed or if the parent family is edited). The parent family must be available in the Content Center configuration to keep synchronization. If a parent family is not available, the corresponding copied family is marked as up-to-date. After you add the library with the edited parent family to the configuration, the copied family is recognized as out-of-date, and its library is marked as Synchronization Needed.
Failures in the synchronization process
The automatic data migration may fail for some families in the library. Then you must fix the families manually. Specifically, the following data or changes may require user interaction:
Migrate and Synchronize libraries by Update Tool
All user libraries created in Autodesk Inventor Content Center must be migrated before they can be used in a newer version of Autodesk Inventor. Library synchronization is optional.
Note: If you use the SQL Express server, the limit for size of each library is 4 GB. If a library exceeds the limit during the migration, the migration of the library prematurely stops, and the library cannot be used in new Inventor version. To avoid this problem, split large libraries or install a full version of SQL.
Tip: If you store libraries on a server, the installation imports your legacy libraries to server partition corresponding to the legacy Inventor version. To use legacy libraries in the new version of Autodesk Inventor, you must copy them to the corresponding partition. See the Manage Content Center libraries by using the server console page for more information.
Tip: Create a backup copy of your legacy libraries before you process them in the Update Tool.
Tip: Before you run the Update Tool, select the In Use option for all user libraries you want to migrate or synchronize.
The Libraries to Migrate list displays legacy libraries that need to be migrated. If you clear the selection for a library, the library will not be available for use in your version of Autodesk Inventor.
The Libraries to Synchronize list displays all libraries that include out-of-date copied families with link to parents. Parent families must be available in the current library configuration to perform the synchronization.
Note: Synchronization is optional. You can use a library even if it is not synchronized.
Tip: If appropriate, suppress links for families to defer their synchronization. Right-click the families in the Content Center Editor dialog box, and click Suppress Link.
Tip: User-defined family templates are replaced with templates from the new Autodesk Inventor library for synchronized families. To restore your templates, create their backup copies, and then manually replace the standard templates with your modified templates saved in the backup folder.
To save a log file, select Create Log File, and specify the folder to save the log file.
Click Next to start the process. The Update Tool process may take long, especially if a large amount of data is processed.
All problems are reported in the dialog box and in the log file. Content that was not migrated successfully cannot be used, and must be fixed manually.
Manual Fixing of Failed Families
Details for fixing a family are provided in a family tooltip in Content Center Editor. Two icons represent two different problems:
|New parameter mapping or re-authoring of the part template
is needed. The family can be used but may fail in applications. |
Open the Family Properties dialog box and map categories. You may need to modify the family template to provide a source for the new mapping to category parameters. Use the Open from Content Center command to open the template file, and modify it. Then replace the family template by using Content Center Editor.
Perform the authoring process for the family template, if needed.
|Values are missing in the family table. The family is
invalid and cannot be used. |
Edit the family table and add the missing data to correct the family.
Fixing families that need Authoring
Old legacy content that requires authoring must be re-authored and moved back to the appropriate category to be available in applications, for example in Design Accelerator or Tube and Pipe.
Note: The Authoring command recognizes the category where the part should go and the category (kind of part) is automatically set.
Use the Update Tool guide to migrate and synchronize user libraries.
|Click Manage Projects. In the Projects dialog box, click Configure Content Center Libraries. In the Configure Libraries dialog box, click Update Tool.|
Step 1: Welcome Page
Review the introduction and click Next.
Step 2: Libraries to Migrate
Select libraries to migrate and click Next.
The Libraries to Migrate list displays all legacy libraries that need to be migrated. If you clear the selection for a library, the library will not be available for use in your version of Autodesk Inventor.
Step 3: Migration Report
For Desktop Content libraries only.Review information about library migration and click Next.
The report lists the migrated libraries and informs you about successful migration or about migration problems.
Step 4: Libraries to Synchronize
|Select libraries to synchronize and click Next.|
The Libraries to Synchronize list displays all libraries that include out-of-date copied families with link to parents. Parent families must be available in the current library configuration to perform the synchronization. Synchronization is not mandatory.
Step 5: Library Analysis
|Set the options and click Next to start the process.|
Select location for family templates backup If appropriate, change the location of the backup folder.
Do not create backup of customized family part templates Select to discard your customized family templates. If not selected, customized legacy family templates are saved in the backup folder, and you can replace the standard templates with your customized templates.
Overwrite existing files Select to replace the existing files in the backup folder with the new files.
Create Log file Select to create a log file. The log file is saved in the specified folder.
Step 6: Update Finished
Review the process report.
Done lists all actions that are complete.
Final fix required lists families that require additional table fix.
Failures lists families that did not update and why the family failed to update.