Solved: Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017 on Remote Desktop Services
I've been struggling to find a solution to this for many months but finally have it working.
Problem: Running DWG TrueView 2017 on Windows Server Remote Desktop Services / Terminal Services (RDS/TS) without having to change permissions or give users administrative privileges.
Solution: Create 11 registry entries per user and setup Group Policy to use dwgviewr.exe to open .dwg files.
Tested on: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2
The registry entries (all String values) can be copied from the user profile that was used when installing DWG TrueView 2017.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView\R15\dwgviewr-0001:409
Important: Three of these need tweaking per user (GraphicsCacheFolder, LocalRootFolder, RoamableRootFolder) to point at the appropriate user profile folder.
When each user opens a .dwg file for the first time (or runs DWG TrueView directly) then the Autodesk installer will run and populate all other missing entries automatically (without trying to elevate).
I did find that not setting GraphicsCacheFolder still allowed DWG TrueView to work but the installer does not recreate this registry value.Theo Gray on January 12, 2017 | Permalink | Comment