Thursday, March 14, 2013

Concealing Your Workset Username

Luke recently wrote a post mentioning a technique that AUGI member Navid offered to help lock down certain worksets. We can use a special username like Super Admin to be the owner of a workset to prevent other users from randomly altering the elements assigned to it. The tip offered involves creating a username with a symbol only font which leaves us with a meaningless username that we can't read or pretend we are. In his instructions he takes the username into Microsoft Word and changes the font. He then pastes the newly "encrypted" username into the Revit username parameter (Application menu > Options Dialog).

I'm not sure it is necessary or even good idea if we felt it was necessary. Nevertheless it is possible and there might be a circumstance someday (maybe a troubleshooting issue) where it will come in handy. Filing this in the "someday, but hopefully not" folder. Somewhere Dick Dastardly's dog Mutley is swearing...

3 comments:

N McClure said...

Agree that 'locking down' is a defensive measure - better to educate users of consequences -

Alfredo Medina said...

What happens if Mr. #$%^&*^%# (the super username with special characters) gets sick or it by a bus and does not show up at the office, and somebody needs to work on that portion of the project? :) . I agree with Steve. This is not a good idea.

mamiller said...

You there is probably a quick way to circumvent this lock down as well. Open the file detached from central and then recentralize the file. But before you even go down this path education is always better, even as frustrating as that might be at times