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Migrate Land F/X (Local Data) to a New Server

Need to move your installation of our software from one server to another using Local Data (MySQL database)? The Multi-User server migration steps on this page will show you how to:

  • Back up an installation of Land F/X software on your "old server"
  • Install Land F/X software on your new server
  • Restore your projects, Preference Sets, and other data on your "new server"
Do you have just a few Land F/X projects and no custom blocks? Consider this easier method!

These server migration steps provide a great way to copy everything in your LandFX folder, but we understand that the instructions on this page might sound intimidating. If you have fewer than 20 Land F/X projects and you haven't created a lot of custom content, such as blocks, you can just use our Backup and Restore tools to back up all your Land F/X projects. Find out how.

Step 1: Prerequisites

Before completing these steps, make sure that:

 

Your office has Local Data – not Cloud Data. Don't know which one you have? Ask your IT Administrator.

 

You have admin permissions on both your old server and your new server.

 

You have a USB drive handy.

 

Nobody in your office is currently using Land F/X software.

Step 2: Back up your Land F/X data

Complete this step on your old server.

 

 

2A. Download the Land F/X Local Data Migration tool using the link below.

 

Save the downloaded file to a location where you can easily find it, such as your desktop.

 

 

 

2B. Locate the file LocalDataMigration.exe, which you just downloaded, and drag it into your LandFX folder. In most cases, this folder will be at the location C:/LandFX on your server.

 

 

 

2C. Run (double-click) the file LocalDataMigration.exe in your LandFX folder.

 

 

 

2D. If asked whether you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, click Yes to begin using the Local Data Migration Tool.

 

 

 

2E. In the screen that pops up, ensure that the LandFX Directory field is pointing to your LandFX folder. If not, click Browse, then browse to and select your LandFX folder.

 

Once you're sure the location of your LandFX folder is listed correctly, select the option to Backup Land F/X content and click Next.

 

 

 

2F. In the next screen, you'll select the database type you'll use when backing up – SQLite or MySQL. You'll see two options:

  • Backup SQLite database
  • Backup MySQL database

 

If you have both database types installed, the tool will automatically select the one that has been used most recently. Otherwise, the appropriate database for your situation will be selected by default. In the vast majority of cases, you should keep the default selection.

 

Click Next to back up using the selected database type.

If you prefer to choose your database type manually, check the Override Database Selection box and select the option for the database type of your choice.

If you see the message LandFXCopy directory already exists, would you like to overwrite it?, click Yes.

 

 

 

2G. If the backup was successful, you'll see the following message:

Backup process complete! Please bring the landfxcopy directory along with this utility to the new system to begin the restore process.

 

Click OK.

 

 

 

2H. Open the LandFX folder on your old server, and locate the following items within that folder:

  • A folder named LandFXCopy
  • A file named LocalDataMigration.exe

 

Copy both of these items onto a USB drive.

 

 

Once you've copied the folder LandFXCopy and the file LocalDataMigration.exe onto your USB drive, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Install Land F/X on your new server

Complete this step on your new server.

3A. Log in to your new server, and follow our steps to install Land F/X.

Note: You will need to contact us to unlock your Support ID for the installation.

3B. Once the installer completes, verify that you have a LandFX folder on your new server.

The installer should have automatically created a LandFX folder on your new server. Our default location is the C: drive. Can't find a LandFX folder on your new server? Verify that you've completed the installation correctly.

 

 

 

3C. Follow our steps to map a letter drive to the LandFX folder on your new server.

 

 

 

Once you've installed Land F/X and verified that you have a mapped letter drive pointing to the LandFX folder on your server, you can move on to the next step.

Step 4: Copy the backups to your new server, and restore

Complete this step on your new server.

 

4A. Drag the following items from your USB drive into the LandFX folder on your new server.

  • The file LocalDataMigration.exe
  • The folder LandFXCopy

 

 

 

4B. Verify that the LandFX folder on your new server contains the following two items:

  • A file named LocalDataMigration.exe
  • A folder named LandFXCopy

 

Double-click the file LocalDataMigration.exe from within the LandFX folder.

Don't see these items in the LandFX folder? They may not have copied correctly from your USB drive. Try dragging them from your USB drive into the LandFX folder again. Once both items are in the LandFX folder, double-click the file LocalDataMigration.exe.

 

 

 

4C. If asked whether you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, click Yes to begin using the Local Data Migration Tool.

 

 

 

4D. In the screen that opens, ensure that the LandFX Directory field is pointing to the LandFX folder on your server. If not, click Browse, then browse to and select your LandFX folder.

 

Once this field is pointing to your LandFX folder, select the option to Restore Land F/X content and click Next.

 

 

 

4E. In the next screen, select the Restore to MySQL option and click Next.

Multi-User installations will always need to restore to MySQL. Because you are remaining on a Multi-User installation, it's imperative that you use MySQL as your database type – even if you used SQLite when backing up.

 

 

 

4F. You may be asked Are you sure you want to continue? All Land F/X data in this installation will be overwritten.

 

If so, click Yes to overwrite the existing Land F/X data on your new computer with your backed-up Land F/X data.

 

 

 

4G. If the restoration was successful, you'll receive the following message:

Restore process complete!

 

Click OK.

 

 

You have successfully restored your Land F/X data on your server.

Step 5: Reconfigure the workstations

Complete the following steps on every CAD workstation in your office that will be using our software.

Important: You do not need to uninstall anything before completing these steps.

 

5A. Prerequisites:

Before configuring the CAD workstations in your office, make absolute sure that:

Land F/X software is installed on your new server.

You have a LandFX folder on your new server.

You have a mapped letter drive pointing to that LandFX folder.

 

 

5B. Download the Land F/X Workstation Installer (Setup64.exe) – linked below.

 Workstation Installer  (62.41 MB) 
Updated Jun 06, 2019

 

 

5C. Double-click the Setup64.exe file you just downloaded.

Make sure that the LandFX folder on your server is mapped to a letter drive. The example to the right shows an installation that's mapped to the L: drive. The LandFX folder on your server may have a different letter drive assigned to it.

 

 

5D. Verify that the workstation is configured correctly with your new server.

 

Open the General Preferences screen from the F/X Admin ribbon.

 

Click Installation and Server Info.

 

You should see the name of your new server listed next to Project Data Server.

 

 

 

5E. Verify that your Land F/X data has been transferred successfully to your new server.

 

Open the Projects dialog box from the F/X Admin ribbon.

 

You should see all your existing Land F/X projects and templates in the Land F/X Projects list.

 

 

5F. Migrate the licenses. Note: You only need to complete this step once, on the first workstation you configure.

Open CAD. When the License Management screen opens, assign all licenses to the new server.

 

5G. Repeat Step 5 on each additional workstation in your office network.

 

5H. Have your office IT administrator remove any unused CAD workstations from the License Manager on your old server.

Your IT admin should complete this step on your old server, after all workstations have been configured. Note: This step is only necessary if your office plans to take one or more computers out of commission as CAD workstations.

 

 

 

IT admins:

Log in to your office's old server, and open CAD.

 

 

Open our License Manager screen, then follow our steps to remove each of your unused workstations from the License Manager.

Do not attempt this step if you are not your office's IT administrator.

Congratulations!

Once you've configured all CAD workstations in your office, you've completed your Land F/X server migration.

 

Each workstation user will check out a license from our License Management screen when he or she opens CAD and needs to use our software.

Last modified on Mar 25, 2019

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