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Copy folders and deploying Autocad with K2000

06/19/2015 1551 views
I am looking for a way to do the following if anyone can give me some hints:
1: Copy a set of folders to a computer during deployment.
2: Install Autocad 2016 LT during deployment. I have created the deployment with Autodesk.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Autodesk need to be introduced to The Packager's Baseball Bat Of Explanation. Their wretched product checks for the presence of files in the user profile and, if they're missing, internally calls a repair using the Windows Installer object! Whilst that works for John Doe sitting in front of his PC, it is a monumental pain for enterprise deployment. The MSIs - and there are quite a few! - need quite a bit of customisation involving the disabling of CAs and so on.

Perform an installation and a first-time run on a VM so that you can grab the user profile junk. Where you go from there is a matter of preference.

To stay "native" with Windows Installer, add that junk to a new feature in the transform and do the feature tree-juggle to trigger self-healing when the shortcut is clicked (Google for John McFadyen's blog about self-healing if you need guidance on that).

To use the KBox to do that, I'll hand over to someone more knowledgeable than me.

Answered 06/22/2015 by: VBScab
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I have found that copying a set of folders is best accomplished by creating a folder that contains the files needed plus a batch file that will copy the files when executed. For example, this is the batch file that copies the files for VLC to the default user profile:
mkdir c:\users\default\appdata\roaming\vlc
copy vlc\*.* c:\users\default\appdata\roaming\vlc
The vlc folder along with the batch file are compressed in a zip and uploaded to the K2000 as an application post-install task. The parameter for the task is the batch file.

I found what may work as a silent install command for Autodesk here:

To deploy this with the K2000 you should be able to upload an compressed zip of the installation files to an application post-install task and specify this as the parameter.

Answered 06/22/2015 by: chucksteel
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