This page provides steps for mapping a letter drive to your office's shared LandFX folder on either an office server or on a shared online location using a service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Carbonite, etc. You may need to map a letter drive because:
- You are installing our software for the first time.
- You already have our software installed, and you now need to configure the workstations.
- You moved your LandFX folder and are now unable to access your Land F/X data from CAD.
What's a mapped letter drive? It's a Windows Explorer shortcut that is assigned (or "mapped") to a specific folder – in this case, your LandFX folder. When mapping this location, you'll designate it with a single letter such as L (much like your computer's hard drive is designated as the C:\ drive).
Due to recent Microsoft Security increases, the use of XML files (critical to Land F/X) can be stopped over a UNC path. Anything other than a direct C:\LandFX folder location should have a mapped letter drive. Using a mapped letter drive instead of a full UNC path prevents issues in CAD for a number of reasons. For one, if you decide to move the server or change the server name, it will break UNC paths (e.g., \\servername\LandFX), whereas a mapped letter drive can be simply overwritten to point to a new location. UNC paths can also cause problems with uninstall packages when the network location is no longer available.
Already have a letter drive mapped to the file server where you intend to install our software? You can use this existing letter drive as long as:
- Each Land F/X user in your office has full read-write permission for this folder.
- Each Land F/X user in your office has a consistently mapped drive to the LandFX folder.
- The path to the LandFX folder does not include a space. For example, X:/LandFX and X:/AcadApps/LandFX are acceptable paths, but X:/Program Files/LandFX is not.
Before mapping a letter drive, set up your LandFX folder
Before mapping a letter drive, make sure your LandFX folder is configured to allow:
- Constant connection to each workstation in your office
- Full read-write permissions for each Land F/X user in your office
How to map a letter drive
• Map a letter drive to a shared online location
Use these steps if your LandFX folder is in a shared online location using a service such as Dropbox, Google Backup and Sync, Box, OneDrive, Egnyte, or Amazon Drive.
• Map a letter drive to an office server
Use these steps if your LandFX folder is on an office server. (Note: The steps will vary depending on whether you are running Windows 10 or Windows 7).
1. In Windows File Explorer, navigate into your shared LandFX folder (on the server, or within a shared online location uing Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.).
2. You'll see the path to your LandFX folder in the address bar of Windows File Explorer. Copy this path.
You should see a path similar to the one pictured to the right, depending on where your LandFX folder is installed.
3. Open the Map Network Drive dialog box:
3a. Click the This PC option in the left pane.
3b. Select the Computer tab at the top of the window.
3c. Click the Map network drive button.
4. Select the letter drive you want to use (example: L:). Then paste the path location you copied in Step 2 into the Folder text field.
Select your letter drive from the menu.
Then copy the path. Server users with the full UNC path copied (example: \\example-server\LandFX) can use exactly this path.
Congratulations! Your letter drive is now mapped.
From a workstation on your network, navigate to the LandFX folder on your server.
Right-click this folder, and select Map network drive from the menu that opens.
The Map Network Drive dialog box will open.
- Select a letter drive from the Drive menu. (We recommend selecting L, for "Land F/X.")
- Make sure the option to Reconnect on logon is checked.
- Click Finish.
You should now see the network drive under the Computer section in the left pane of Windows Explorer.
Windows Command Line alternative function (not recommended)
Want to use the Command Line method for mapping your letter drive? Follow these steps
In the vast majority of cases, the steps for mapping a letter drive outlined above will be sufficient – and much simpler.
Once you've mapped your letter drive:
After mapping a letter drive to your office's LandFX folder, keep the following considerations in mind.
The paths to the Land F/X database and our default blocks are both located in the LandFX folder. To use our software properly, Land F/X users require full read-write permissions to the LandFX folder. For example, if users need to modify blocks, or create their own blocks, all this activity will take place in the LandFX folder on your server. For instructions, please see our article on Granting Read/Write Permissions for the LandFX Folder.
If you are a member of a domain, you'll need to have your network administrator modify the Active Directory to allow you to obtain read/write permission for the LandFX folder.
• Verify the Support File Search Path
At this point, you'll also need to ensure that AutoCAD knows where to look for the mapped letter drive. Follow our instructions to verify the Support File Search Path.
Common Known Issue: "F/X CAD Cannot Function" Error
Seeing an F/X CAD cannot function without Land F/X installed correctly error after rebooting your computer, or after returning to work in the morning or after the weekend?:
We've had an ongoing issue with clients sometimes getting the F/X CAD cannot function error upon rebooting. This issue typically occurs because the user's office has a mapped drive that is not connecting correctly during the reboot, which in turn causes problems between F/X CAD and Land F/X.
The solution is to download the startup script linked below, and place the downloaded script file in your startup folder that runs each time you reboot your machine and forces the connection manually.
1. Download the Net Use Startup Script, linked below. Save it to your desktop, or another location where you can locate it easily.
2. Double-click the downloaded zip file to unzip it. You'll now have a folder named Net Use Startup Script.
3. Open the folder Net Use Startup Script. Right-click the file Net Use Startup Script.cmd, located in that folder.
4. Select Edit from the menu that opens.
5. Modify the line noted below to reflect the location of your Land F/X server share:
net use L: "\\insertfolderlocationhere" /P:Yes
(Replace insertfolderlocationhere with the actual location of your Land F/X server share.)
As long as all the computers are on the same network, the path shouldn't change. Configure it once, hand it out to everyone, and the issue should be resolved.
Shared online folder:
The script needs to be edited for each individual computer as the user name changes per machine (generally), but the rest of the path is usually the same.
6. Once you've finished editing the script, place it in your startup folder:
6A. Press the Win + R keys (Windows keyboard) or Command + R keys (Mac keyboard).
6B. The Run dialog box will open. Type shell:startup and press Enter.
6C. Place the script in the folder that opens.
F/X CAD not starting properly? Still getting the error after completing these steps? See our F/X CAD Cannot Function error page.