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Install Land F/X (Cloud Data) on a Shared Online Folder Using a Service Such as Dropbox, Google Backup and Sync, Box, OneDrive, Egnyte, or Amazon Drive

Looking for steps on how to move your existing Land F/X data, but not your installation of our software, to a shared folder? If so, see our Move Existing Land F/X Data to a Shared Online Folder page.

The steps on this page are for offices that do not have a central server, are using our Cloud Data service, and want to install Land F/X software on a shared online folder. Your office may want to use a service such as:

Why install Land F/X on a shared online folder?

Installing on a shared online location is a great option because it:

  • Allows you to share files and data seamlessly with colleagues anywhere in the world.
  • Requires zero overhead.
  • Provides a great backup system.
  • Involves very little time and effort to configure.
Important Note:

Our software will not work with Google Drive File Stream (GDFS), Microsoft's Distributed File System (DFS), or any other cloud file service where files are not hosted locally as well.

Step 1: Prerequisites

To complete this installation, you will need:

Your Land F/X Support ID*.

*You or your office will have received your Support ID in an email from Land F/X.

 

Dropbox, Sugarsync, Carbonite, Google Backup and Sync, or another online folder application installed on your computer.

You'll also need to know the location of the online folder on your computer. You'll install our software in this folder. Need help finding the shared folder? Ask your IT administrator.

 

A single office or home computer that already has a compatible CAD engine and DOES NOT already have our software on a server.

Land F/X is compatible with AutoCAD, F/X CAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, or AutoCAD Architecture, version 2014 or newer.

Land F/X is not compatible with AutoCAD LT.

Step 2: Download the installer

Right-click the Land F/X Installer download link below.

 

Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu that appears, and save the file to your desktop.
The installer is quite a large piece of software. Please allow 5 to 10 minutes for the download to complete.

 

Step 3: Install Land F/X on your shared online folder

 

3A. Go to your desktop, and locate the file landfx_cloudserver_setup if you saved it there. If you clicked the link directly, this file will likely be in your Downloads folder.

 

Double-click the landfx_cloudserver_setup file, and proceed through the installation steps, paying special attention to the screens pictured below..

 

 

 

3B. Enter your Support ID* when prompted.

*You or your office will have received your Support ID in an email from Land F/X.

"The Wizard was interrupted"

Did you receive this error after entering your Support ID?  Solution >

 

 

 

 

3C. Destination Folder

During the Destination Folder step, you'll set a folder path on your shared online folder where your Land F/X data and projects will be stored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D. Navigate to the location on your shared folder where you want to store your LandFX folder.

We recommend storing the LandFX folder directly on the shared folder. This example shows how to install our software on Dropbox. When you install Dropbox, it creates a Dropbox folder in your user path at C:/Users/(Your Username)/Dropbox – where (Your Username) represents your actual username on your computer. We'll navigate to this folder in our example. More information on the LandFX folder >

 

 

 

 

 

3E. You might receive a message that A 'LandFX' folder does not exist in the chosen destination. Create one there?

 

If so, click Yes.

 

 

 

3F. You should now see the intended location of the LandFX folder on your shared folder under Install F/X Server to:.

 

Click Next.

 

 

 


3G. InstallShield Wizard Completed

Click Finish

Step 4: Map your shared LandFX folder to a letter drive

Why do you need to map your installation to a letter drive?

The LandFX folder will be on a different path on each computer in your office because its folder path on each computer will include the user name assigned to that computer. In order for AutoCAD to treat all of these folders consistently, it requires a uniform path. Using a letter drive is the best way to do this.

4A. Locate the folder you want to assign to a letter drive. If you followed Step 3 above, you'll be mapping the LandFX folder in your shared online folder on Dropbox, SugarSync, Carbonite, etc.

 

For example, If your LandFX folder is in a folder on Dropbox named C:\Users\Your_Name\Dropbox\LandFX\, you would use that location.

 

 

4B. Open the Command Prompt:

 

 

        1. Open the Start menu.

 

 

        2. Type the letters CMD in the text field.

 

 

        3. Select the Command Prompt entry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4C. Now type the following at the Command prompt and press Enter:

 

 

net use L: "\\localhost\c$\***folder location***" /persistent:yes

(where ***folder location*** denotes the location after the C:\ found in Step 4A).

 

In our example, you would type

net use L: "\\localhost\c$\Users\Your_Name\Dropbox\LandFX" /persistent:yes

 

Having issues running this command? You can also try the following method:

 

1. Follow our steps to share the LandFX folder on your network.

 

2. Type the following at the Command prompt and press Enter:

net use L: "\\***computer name***\***folder location***"  /persistent:yes

(where ***computer name**** denotes the actual name of your computer and ***folder location*** denotes the location after the C:\ found in Step 4A). 

 

Don't know your computer name? Here's how to find it.

Step 5: Configure your workstations for F/X CAD or AutoCAD

You'll now set up the workstations in your office to use Land F/X with either AutoCAD or F/X CAD (our AutoCAD engine for Land F/X users).

 

 

 

 

On each workstation where you plan to use F/X CAD:

Install F/X CAD.

 

 

 

On each workstation where you plan to use AutoCAD: 

Configure Land F/X to work with AutoCAD by installing the F/X Workstation component.

 

 

 

 

If you're prompted to Enter the name of the Land F/X Data Server, type landfx.com in the text box.

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 from every CAD workstation in your office

This step will configure all your office's CAD workstations to read the LandFX folder on the shared folder.

What's next?

Our extensive Learning Resources section includes everything you need to know about our software, with resources ranging from instructional articles to short Power Tip videos, in-depth webinars, and more.

Last modified on Jul 24, 2018

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