Vault Project Thunderdome
By Max Bodnar l Redstack National Technical Manager
This Vault application has an interesting name, reminds me of something out of a Mad Max movie but it’s a nifty and very helpful app. It was developed by one of the Autodesk programmers and currently maintained by AMC Bridge. It gets updated with every release of Vault. Its ONLY compatible with Vault Workgroup and Professional.
So, what is it? The application allows a Vault Administrator to configure different column displays and share these settings out with all users. Quite often users will forget or not bother with customising the different vault window pane columns, therefore the Vault metadata is not displayed consistently among all users. Other settings that can be shared are Custom Views, Saved Searches and Shortcuts.
Column Customisation on different windows panes.
This is how you get access to it.
Follow the link below and log in with your Autodesk account. If you don’t have one, register for one
Download the application (note; its version specific, so different downloads apply to different Vault versions, 2017 and 2018) and install it on every client machine.
If creating a Vault network deployment, you can include this add on under the section “Include additional Software”.
Once add on is installed log into Vault with Administrator account to create the deployment.
Note; ONLY Administrator role can create the settings and the deployment and users will read the settings.
Here are the exact steps to configure the deployment:
1. Log into Vault with Administrator account
2. Configure the different windows panes as required by using Customize View menu
3. Create and save searches and shortcuts as required
4. Create custom views as required
5. Once all customisation is completed, Exit Vault Explorer. This is a very important step and should NOT be missed. Exiting the Vault explorer, allows the saving of the settings configured so the application can read the settings and save them as deployment
6. Log into Vault Explorer again with Admin role and Tools Menu > Thunderdome > Create Deployment
7. Browse to select the “Deployment folder” I have selected my “Standards” folder, but any folder can be selected. I would recommend putting some permissions in place, but this is optional and not required since ONLY Admin role can create/update the deployment. Leave all “Deployment Contents” selected unless you don’t want to include “Shortcuts” or/and “Saved Searches”. Select OK once deployment is created
8. Deployment file created in Vault with complete version history
9. When users start Vault Explorer to log in, they will be presented with the following message. Yes > read settings, No > ignore settings, No, and never ask me again. Select Yes
10. Select OK and Exit Vault client explorer (File > Exit)
The add on will apply the settings and Vault will log in again
Some handy hints!!!
- After reading the settings if you want to be prompted with the Project Thunderdome dialog box, browse to location below and delete the “Settings” file. C:\Users\UserName\Documents\Thunderdome2019
- You can also use this tool to backup all settings that could be restored on users profile manually
I really like this app. It’s very easy to use, it free and allows an Administrator to push out company standards generic settings for users to choose to use as is or customise further as required.
Stay tuned for next topic – Vault Mirror
Autodesk Vault Professional can be purchased here: https://www.redstackshop.com.au/vault-professional