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Install Multi-User Land F/X on an Office Server

The steps on this page will result in a multi-user installation of Land F/X software. Your office workstations will access Land F/X through either:

  • An office server or shared online folder using Cloud Data, or
  • An office server using Local Data (MySQL)

 

Database Options

 

Cloud Data Setup:

If you choose the Cloud Data option, you will have:

  • The Land F/X Server component installed on your central office server.

  • A shared LandFX folder on your office server. This folder will store your firm's shared Land F/X content.

  • A connection from your server and each CAD workstation in your office to LandFX.com, which will enable access to the Land F/X Cloud Database.

 

 

 

Local Data Setup:

If you choose the Local Data (MySQL) option, you will have:

  • The Land F/X Server component installed on your central office server.

  • A shared LandFX folder on your office server. This folder will store your firm's shared Land F/X content.

  • A connection between each CAD workstation in your office and your Land F/X server, allowing users to access content from the shared LandFX folder.
Cloud or Local Data?
  • Don't know whether to install using a local (MySQL) or Cloud database? We recommend our Cloud Data option in most cases. Not sure which database option to pick? Ask your IT Administrator.
  • Synology NAS users: Although NAS installs will work with Local Data (on NAS servers that support MySQL), we recommend that Synology NAS users choose Cloud Data. Please take a moment to review our System Requirements for Servers.

  

Cloud Data

These steps will help you install multi-user Land F/X using our Cloud Data option. Don't have a reliable Internet connection, or don't want to use Cloud Data? Use the Local Data installation steps instead.

 

Step 1: Prerequisites

To complete this installation of Land F/X software using our Cloud Data option, 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.

 

The location where you will be storing your LandFX folder.

The LandFX folder is a folder on your computer, office server, or shared online folder that contains a number of important items our software requires in order to function. Learn more about the LandFX folder and where to store it

 

The name of your office server.

Land F/X is compatible with AutoCAD, F/X CAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, or AutoCAD Architecture, version 2013 or newer.

Land F/X is not compatible with AutoCAD LT.

 

If you are unsure of any of these items, please contact your IT administrator.

 

Step 2: Download and run the installer

 

2A. Right-click the Land F/X Cloud Installer download link below.

 

Planning to use Cloud Data? Use this installer link:

 

 

2B. Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu that appears, and save the file to your desktop.

 

Step 3: Install Land F/X

 

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

 

Double-click the cloud_setup file and proceed through the installation steps, paying special attention to the Installation Type and Destination Folder steps, as described below. 

 

 

3B. Installation Type

During the Installation Type step of the installation process, select Server Only and click Next.

 

3C. Destination Folder

During the Destination Folder step, you will be asked where to install the LandFX folder. This location will need to be shared on your network, so make sure it's an appropriate location. Make sure your users have full permissions for that location.

More information on the LandFX folder and where to place it

Ideally, this location should be accessible through a mapped letter drive on all workstations. How to map a letter drive to your LandFX folder >

 

Do you have many remote users? Consider putting the LandFX folder on a third-party shared online folder – like Dropbox, Onedrive, or something similar. You are also welcome to use the default location of C:/LandFX and then move your LandFX folder to a shared online folder later.

 

Step 4: Share the LandFX Folder

4A. Share the LandFX folder on your network, and ensure that your users have full permissions.

 

 

Step 5: Configure the workstations

Set up the workstations in your office to use Land F/X:

Workstations with AutoCAD

Workstations with F/X CAD

Step 6: Set up a backup system for Land F/X

It's extremely important to implement a good backup system for the Land F/X database.

Please read this article about complete backup solutions and automated procedures.

 

 

 

 

Local Data

These steps will help you install multi-user Land F/X software using our Local Data option. If your office does not have a reliable Internet connection, you should be using these steps to install Land F/X. For most offices, we recommend the Cloud Data installation steps.

 

Step 1: Prerequisites

To complete this installation of Land F/X using Local Data, you will need:

To be physically on and logged in to your office server.

 

Your Land F/X Support ID*.

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

 

The location where you will be storing your LandFX folder.

The LandFX folder is a folder on your computer, office server, or shared online folder that contains a number of important items our software requires in order to function. Learn more about the LandFX folder and where to store it

 

The name of your office server.

Land F/X is compatible with AutoCAD, F/X CAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, or AutoCAD Architecture, version 2013 or newer.

Land F/X is not compatible with AutoCAD LT.

 

If you are unsure of any of these items, please contact your IT administrator.

 

Step 2: Download and run the installer

2A. Log in to your server.

It's important that you're physically logged in to your server when completing our steps to install Land F/X software using Local Data.

 

2B. Right-click the two Land F/X Installer download link below.

 

2C. Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu that appears, and save the file to your desktop.

 

Step 3: Install Land F/X

 

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

 

Double-click the complete_setup file and proceed through the installation steps, paying special attention to the Installation TypeDestination Folder, and Database Installation steps, as described below. 

 

 

3B. Installation Type

During the Installation Type step of the installation process, select Server Only and click Next.

 

3C. Destination Folder

During the Destination Folder step, you will be asked where to install the LandFX folder. Be sure to choose a local drive. Remember: You need to be running this installer while physically logged in to your server.

 

The location of  your LandFX folder will need to be shared on your network, so make sure it's an appropriate location. Make sure your users have full permissions for that location.

More information on the LandFX folder and where to place it

Ideally, this location should be accessible through a mapped letter drive on all workstations. How to map a letter drive to your LandFX folder >

 

Do you have many remote users? Consider putting the LandFX folder on a third-party shared online folder – like Dropbox, Onedrive, or something similar. You are also welcome to use the default location of C:/LandFX and then move your LandFX folder to a shared online folder later.

 

 

3D. Database Installation

During the Database Installation step, select Local Data.

 

 Click Next when finished.

Are you sure you want Local Data? We recommend the Cloud Data option in most cases, although offices without a reliable Internet connection will be better served by Local Data. Why we recommend Cloud Data >

Step 4: Share the LandFX Folder

4A. Share the LandFX folder on your network, and ensure that your users have full permissions.

 

 

4B. Create a firewall exception

Add exception in your firewall for port 3306 (if using a firewall other than Microsoft Windows Firewall).

 

 

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Step 5: Configure the workstations

Set up the workstations in your office to use Land F/X software:

Workstations with AutoCAD

Workstations with F/X CAD

Step 6: Set up a backup system for Land F/X

It's extremely important to implement a good backup system for the Land F/X MySQL database.

Your normal automated backup steps will be incomplete due to the MySQL database file permissions.

Please read this article about complete backup solutions and automated procedures.

 

 

Last modified on Tue, 17 October 2017

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