Security and Vault 2008

Every place I’ve ever visited, at least once, I hear, “But I don’t want the Engineer (surveyor, planner, landscape architect, etc.) touching my data.” The data model for C3D really means that team members need to work together, not carrying separate projects like they might have in the past. Check out a new solution after the jump.

imageIn case you missed it, there’s a great new feature in ADMS 2008 (Vault.)  In the past, you could always assign groups to various vaults, but that was limited in functionality. With 2008, you now have the ability to assign user or group permissions at the folder level. In the example at right, Jim will only be able to read or reference the files in the engineering folder, he can’t check them out or modify them. Perfect for the new technician that’s just not ready for design! Take this a step further, add a new Survey folder to your project template and you can keep those dang engineers out of the plat by checking it into a survey folder.

Vault isn’t a scary monster. If your reseller doesn’t know how to deal with it, they might tell you it is. Don’t buy it. Talk to us, talk to Autodesk, get good information before you make a decision about your project management scheme.


  1. If I can learn to live with Vault anybody can.
    We will use this new feature and I’m kinda liking the new look.

  2. JasonSchmidt says:

    Very well put! The misconceptions about Vault seem to be mainly be based on mis-information… 2008 Vault is WONDERFUL by the way.

  3. JG Gerth says:


    Some of those who are interested in Vault may be dealing with misconceptions and mis-information. Others have considered Vault, contrasted it with other DMS choices, and rejected it due to the apparent limitations, the lack of migration to enterprise EDMS systems, fragility, limited documentation, lack of interoperability, inability to deal with any other back end RDB, poor security, poor integrations with AD accounts, and so on.

    Is it possible to learn to live with Vault? certainly. Is it possible to learn to live with a better DMS? Maybe even one that doesn’t limit ACL to a folder level, but actually understands granular security, incremental versioning, remote access/replication, Single Sign On, DB Roles, document administration, and can implement them with usable interfaces and scriptable administration tools? IMHO, yes.

    EDMS is _HARD_ to do well. Autodesk learned that lesson once with WorkCenter, and shut it down. the question today, can they learn to do EDMS well?