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Is the DuctDesigner 3D software compatible with the Windows 10 Operating System?

Trimble has performed initial testing using the Windows 10 Operating System. These tests include installing and running the DuctDesigner 3D® software. The program appears to operate with few problems; however, several issues have been identified. Please review the information below thoroughly before upgrading to the Windows 10 operating system on the computer with the Trimble applications present.

Autodesk® Compatibility

Autodesk has announced full product compatibility with the Windows 10 Operating System with the AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1 release (September 28, 2015). The DuctDesigner 3D software runs on the AutoCAD®, AutoCAD® Architecture, and AutoCAD® MEP platforms.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

The DuctDesigner 3D databases use the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express software. This software is automatically installed with the Trimble applications (if not already resident on the computer).

Note: The Windows 10 operating system no longer supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express. 

New DuctDesigner 3D Installation

When performing a new installation of the DuctDesigner 3D software on a Windows 10 system, a warning displays indicating that Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is not compatible with Windows 10. The software successfully installs, however, and the PipeDesigner 3D database is restored as expected. Periodically, a warning message may be posted in the Windows 10 Action Center indicating  incompatibility.

Tip – The DuctDesigner 3D application is compatible with newer Microsoft SQL Server versions. Please contact your IT Professional for assistance in installing and setting up more recent versions of the SQL software.

Upgrading to Windows 10

When the DuctDesigner 3D software is already installed on a computer being upgraded to the Windows 10 operating system, the SQL Server incompatibility message is not displayed.

Known Issues/Workarounds

Some functions in DuctDesigner 3D may provide a list of SQL Server instances, allowing you to select the desired instance. This list of instances is no longer provided and you must manually enter the name of the SQL Server instance you want to connect to.  This requires you to locate the name of the computer hosting the SQL Server and the Trimble databases.

Tip - This will be on the local computer system or on a network drive.

The functions affected:

  • Database Backup
  • Restore functions

Backup and Restore

In the Backup, Restore and QuickMerge functions, the Server Name field requires manual entry each time the function is run.