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Solved: Autodesk DWG TrueView 2018 on Remote Desktop Services

Luckily this is very similar to Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017 on Remote Desktop Services just with one additional registry value.

Problem: Running DWG TrueView 2018 on Windows Server Remote Desktop Services / Terminal Services (RDS/TS) without having to change permissions or give users administrative privileges.

Solution for DWG TrueView 2018: Install once as an Administrator, then 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

For TrueView 2017, see Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017 on RDS.

The registry entries (all String values) can be copied from the user profile that was used when installing DWG TrueView 2018. The information below is for the English version of Autodesk DWG TrueView 2018; other language versions may vary the "1001:409" section of the key below.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView
    • CurVer
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView\R16
    • CurVer
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView\R16\dwgviewr-1001:409
    • AllUsersFolder
    • AutodeskShared32Folder
    • AutodeskSharedFolder
    • DownloadedProgramFilesFolder
    • GraphicsCacheFolder
    • LocalRootFolder
    • PublicFolder
    • RoamableRootFolder
    • SystemFolder

Important: Three of these need tweaking per user (GraphicsCacheFolder, LocalRootFolder, RoamableRootFolder) to point at the appropriate user profile folder.

There is also a set of files installed to C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk (or wherever your Public user folder resides) that need to be left in place.

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).

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April 11, 2018, Michael says:


Good article.
Unfortunately, never works with the new User Profile Disks (UPD).


April 17, 2018, Theo Gray says:

Thanks for the update Michael. Is this because there is no Users\Public folder available or due to restricting which folders are kept on the UPDs (e.g. is User Registry Data being included)?

As with normal user profiles, you would still need GraphicsCacheFolder, LocalRootFolder and RoamableRootFolder pointing to the correct location within each individual UPD.

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