Slinger's Thoughts

January 17, 2008

AutoCAD and SharePoint

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — slingeronline @ 11:24 am

I need to make a correction from a post I put up the other day regarding xref’s in AutoCAD.  I checked from at home, to see if the xref’s would load, with the way I had them set up in a drawing model.  Alas they didn’t work.  So I tried again.  Instead of \\your server name\document library\file, go ahead and put the full url to the drawings in the xref path.  Such as http://your server name/document library/file and they will work.  I had to trouble shoot that for a few hours last night. That did create another issue though, since our clients will be using alternate access. They use a completely different domain to access our MOSS site.  When I opened the AutoCAD file, I was asked for my log-in credentials again by AutoCAD to get the xref files into the model.  This isn’t going to work either, since I have the path to the xref files as an absolute url, (which our clients will not be able to access,) so I need to find some way to set relative paths in AutoCAD that will allow pulling the files from the internet, not from a users temp directory. AutoCAD is proving to be the thorn in a SharePoint Admin’s side.But I’m still having the oddball issue of sometimes when you try to open an AutoCAD drawing from SharePoint, instead of popping up the dialog that asks you to open or save the item, it tries to embed the file in Internet Explorer.  I have tried adding I don’t know how many mime types to IIS in order to get it to resolve, and it still doesn’t work.  The problem we are having with this, is that we will also have some of our clients access this information and we need it to work properly for everyone.  The real catch however is that it works fine from my machine, and from one of our CAD user’s laptop, but not from her office machine, or any other office bound machine at our company.  We are still working on it, when I have an answer, I will definitely post my solution here.



  1. Whats that IIs all about?

    Comment by Fiber Optic Cable — January 17, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  2. This is really a cool fantastic blog!
    Its really a nice one to read on.. keep informing me ith the new post

    Comment by Fiber Optic Cable — January 17, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

  3. Sorry FOC, you got accidentally labelled as spam. IIS is short for Internet Information Services. It’s part of the Windows Server Operating Systems.

    Comment by slinger — January 24, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

  4. @slinger, I think it’s DWG TrueView’s problem. AutoDesk does not want people open online drawings without Buzzsaw.

    Comment by Zhang Mingquan — July 10, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

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