I am trying to set up Bridge to work in one of our student labs but am running into issues getting it to work for any user other than the admin user that I used to initially install it.
Sunny Teich from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, originally contacted you and organized an Educational License for our institution (see your request #37764)
Our environment is running Windows 10 with Houdini v17.5.229 as the primary application it's to be used with. Students log in using roaming profiles and have Documents folders redirected to network shares.
We have been provided with the license file and I have been through the process outlined in your Quixel Educational Program document regarding setting up the apps for shared machines. I have also downloaded the assets and set up the Megascan Repository on a network share. I have created the environmental variables for the QUIXEL_LICENSE_PATH and the QUIXEL_DEFAULTLIB_PATH. These worked fine with the Quixel Mixer and it reported that it was licensed and had the Local Library path set as per the variable value. However with Bridge when I launched that I still had to point it to the license file and activate it, and once activated it only then revealed the "Network Library Path" field, which had nothing entered so I had to manually enter the path to the shared repository. It appears that Bridge is not reading the environmental variables. Ideally it would be good to be able to silent install the application with the correct settings and not have to manually enter anything, especially when rebuilding re-imaged computers.
Additionally the Local Library Path by default points to the user's local C: drive Documents folder. However in our environment users have this redirected to the network share. When I try to change this as a standard user I am unable to save any changes. Additionally I am unable to select the DCC or Engine - nothing shows up in the drop-down box.
Also as the Houdini plugin is located in the Megascans Library, when a standard user opens Houdini the menu option for Quixel Megascans doesn't show up. This is of course because their houdini.env file doesn't have the right Houdini Path variable. Ideally we don't want every user to have to manually copy the Megascans Library to their Documents folder and change the houdini.env file to point to their copy of the plug-in. I have tried copying the library to a local location on the C: drive and updated the Houdini path to point to that and it does seem to work, but I'm unsure of any other potential consequences of doing that as it means that all users on a specific computer are pointing to the same library on that computer rather than to their own library.
Additionally, even when I get the plug-in working for standard users and Bridge activated with relevant paths I am only able to export as the admin account that Bridge was installed using. The Export option in Bridge is greyed out for all other users.
Standard users are restricted from installing software on our computers.
I'm sure you have other educational institutions using Bridge in a similar environment to ours so it would be much appreciated if you are able to advise how I can set up Bridge to run successfully for all users on our computers.
Faculty of Architecture & Design
Victoria University of Wellington
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