Which is the best way to proceed re-packaging autocad 2010?
After getting source, which is around 2gb, I am totally stuck. :(
Please guide.
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I believe there is a package customistation tool supplied with the product - you should without doubt start there...
Answered 02/02/2010 by: MSIPackager
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I've just finished AutoCAD Map 3D 2010....

Rob's right - there is a customisation tool off the main installation menu. You have to dig through the options to find where to put your licence server information.

It will configure your options in an .INI file and give you a shortcut to run from your software deployment tool - in fact the documentation details how to deploy with SCCM.

Just be aware that one of the pre-reqs is Windows Installer 4.5, which will force a reboot at the end of your AutoCAD installation. Install 4.5 before you deploy AutoCAD and this will prevent the forced (unexpected) reboot.

Hope this helps,

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Answered 02/02/2010 by: dunnpy
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It creates admin installation point, and does not give us msi. We just get a .lnk file, which we have to double click. Are you telling about the same?
Answered 02/02/2010 by: abking99
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You use the commandline from the link in your SMS/SCCM program - it calls setup.exe with some switches and points to the .INI file that contains all of your configured installation options.

I suppose that you could pick through the .INI file and see what it's calling, but this is the method that AutoCAD recommend you use, and the one I've used successfully.

Thanks,

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Answered 02/02/2010 by: dunnpy
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In my case, client does not want admin install point. So I am trying to install extracted msi's seprately, 1 by 1...

but the problem is if i am installing autocad msi seprately, then i do not get any prompt for liscencing method, which i get at the time of exe

installation. So Installation is happening standalone, by default. If I want to change it then is there any way? to make it as per network

liscencing method?
Answered 02/03/2010 by: abking99
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Good luck with that then...

If your client doesn't want to use the method indentified by AutoDesk as the best way to install their product... then you're going to have problems.

All I can suggest is create your Admin Install Point and then pick through the .INI file for properties it passes over, log the installation so you can see what command lines are being used.

.NET 3.5 is a pre-req, as is Windows Installer 4.5 (they should be a pre-req folder on the CD).

Have fun and charge loads for the work [:D]

Dunnpy
Answered 02/03/2010 by: dunnpy
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Hi Dunnpy,
Thanks for the valuable info, till now. :)
I will convince client for this type of installation, but before that I want to ensure everything should work fine.
I created Admin Image and found that, 1 more ini file gets created with deployment name. on the machine where I have created this admin image on that machine it installs fine. but I am not sure how will be the result while deploying?
Below part of the ini file is making me little bit worry


#==================== Global MSI Properties
DEPLOYMENT_LOCATION=\\172.22.246.60\autocad\
DEPLOYMENT_PLATFORM=x86
NETWORK_LOG_PATH=\\172.22.246.60\autocad\Log\
NETWORK_LOGGING=YES

[GLOBAL_MSI_PROPERTIES]

#==================== Common UIs: install mode

You will see that ip address is hardcoded. How can I handle this?


Answered 02/03/2010 by: abking99
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When you created your Admin Image you specified that you wanted to enable Network Logging, and it asked for a path to create the log file on.
This is the the setting you set. If you don't want to enable Network Logging, modify your Admin Image and remove the option for logging.

The DEPLOYMENT_LOCATION path is where you specified for your Admin Image to be created, during my testing and deployment with SMS even though that path pointed back to my DEV environment it still deployed successfully from the SMS Distribution Point.

You could blank that property and it should still install correctly.

Thanks,
Answered 02/03/2010 by: dunnpy
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Thanks. I will implement this, and will let you know about that...
Answered 02/03/2010 by: abking99
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Don't forget to rate a post if you found it useful [:D]
Answered 02/03/2010 by: dunnpy
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This installation goes with basic switch, by default.(/qb)
If we try to change it, it does not work. Is there any way, we can make it fully silent?
Answered 02/03/2010 by: abking99
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Greetings,

I am trying to create a deployment for AutoCAD LT 2010. I have gone through the deployment wizard and have created an .lnk file. However, when the user cracks it open for the first time he/she has a dialog box asking about migrating their 2008 .dwg files, then a screen regarding the default preferences or what type of drawing that Autocad can have available for you (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineer or what not) we select other. And last but not least the activation key. I need this to be silent to all users. I am using Zenworks and see that there are several pre-reqs within the .ini file. Any thoughts on how I should proceed?

Thanks.
Answered 02/05/2010 by: trallen915
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