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rvoland
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Registered: ‎01-17-2007
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AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

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01-17-2007 06:42 AM
We recently purchased AutoCAD 2007 and I need to deploy it to all my users. I have managed to create a couple AutoCAD 2007 deployments (Network and Multi-user Standalone) with SP1 using the Deployment Wizard. They install fine on clients (WinXP-SP2), but then I need to customize them for our setup. After AutoCAD is installed, I need to modify the following:

1) Add Support File Search Paths. (Tools>Options>Files Tab)
2) Change the default save file type to 2004. (Tools>Options>Open and Save Tab)
3) Set Load Applications. (Tools>Load Applications>Add to the Contents of the Startup Suite)
4) Copy plotters and plot style table files from network location to the users profile.
5) Load a custom menu using CUILOAD and add it to the pull-down menu between the Window and Help menus.

Is there a way I can have all this done automatically at install time and if so, what is the best way?

This is where I’m at so far:
1) I have figured out where to add to the support file search paths in the deployment, and it also loads if I import from a saved profile.
2) I have not been able to figure out how to set the default save file type at deployment time, but it does set it from an imported profile.
3) I have not been able to figure out how to do this at deployment time.
4) As AutoDesk suggested, I have tried to copy my Plotter and Plot Style files into the \\AdminImage\Program Files\Root\UserDataCache\ folder, but it didn’t work. I tried to add the files by adding them with the Deployment Wizard under the Install Additional Files section. It did not work for the windows profile AutoCAD was installed with, but when logged off and logged on as another user, it did copy the files from the folders under program files.
5) I got this working by installing AutoCAD and finalized the setup and then copied the acad.cui to \\AdminImage\Program Files\Root\UserDataCache\Support.

Thanks,

Rick
*James Allen
Message 2 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-17-2007 07:56 AM in reply to: rvoland
Hi Rick,

3) I would recommend loading your applications from an acaddoc.lsp file in
the search path.
Then 3) is taken care of from then on by virtue of having done 1).
4) You might consider just using plotter configurations and plot style
tables from that network location.
--
James Allen
Malicoat-Winslow Engineers, P.C.
Columbia, MO


wrote in message news:5454194@discussion.autodesk.com...
We recently purchased AutoCAD 2007 and I need to deploy it to all my users.
I have managed to create a couple AutoCAD 2007 deployments (Network and
Multi-user Standalone) with SP1 using the Deployment Wizard. They install
fine on clients (WinXP-SP2), but then I need to customize them for our
setup. After AutoCAD is installed, I need to modify the following:

1) Add Support File Search Paths. (Tools>Options>Files Tab)
2) Change the default save file type to 2004. (Tools>Options>Open and Save
Tab)
3) Set Load Applications. (Tools>Load Applications>Add to the Contents of
the Startup Suite)
4) Copy plotters and plot style table files from network location to the
users profile.
5) Load a custom menu using CUILOAD and add it to the pull-down menu between
the Window and Help menus.

Is there a way I can have all this done automatically at install time and if
so, what is the best way?

This is where I'm at so far:
1) I have figured out where to add to the support file search paths in the
deployment, and it also loads if I import from a saved profile.
2) I have not been able to figure out how to set the default save file type
at deployment time, but it does set it from an imported profile.
3) I have not been able to figure out how to do this at deployment time.
4) As AutoDesk suggested, I have tried to copy my Plotter and Plot Style
files into the \\AdminImage\Program
Files\Root\UserDataCache\ folder, but it didn't
work. I tried to add the files by adding them with the Deployment Wizard
under the Install Additional Files section. It did not work for the windows
profile AutoCAD was installed with, but when logged off and logged on as
another user, it did copy the files from the folders under
program files.
5) I got this working by installing AutoCAD and finalized the setup and then
copied the acad.cui to \\AdminImage\Program
Files\Root\UserDataCache\Support.

Thanks,

Rick
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rvoland
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎01-17-2007
Message 3 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-18-2007 06:57 AM in reply to: rvoland
Thanks for your response James!

I'm the IT guy and afraid I don't know much about AutoCAD and creating a .lsp file to get #3 done. I can look in the customization guide, but in the mean time, can you point me to some examples of how to do this, or should I post in the customization area? After creating acaddoc.lsp, does it matter where the file is located as long as it is included in one of my support file search paths?

As for #4, would I just modify the settings under Options > Files tab > Printer Support File Path? This could be set in the deployment wizard.

How do you and most people perform your installs and customize for your environment?
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Dazzman
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Registered: ‎06-27-2006
Message 4 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-18-2007 07:24 AM in reply to: rvoland
We deploy a default installation to each system and then we configure it using a modified AutoCAD desktop icon this calls a server based arg file that contains all of the configuration information required to set paths, menus and save as information.

We keep as much information as possible on the server so that any system changes are kept to a minimum it also makes it easy to change the AutoCAD preferences we just make the changes and then export a new arg file to the server, when users run AutoCAD using the modified shortcut they the get these changes.

It is all nice and simple and keeps support to a minimum level.
*James Allen
Message 5 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-18-2007 11:15 AM in reply to: rvoland
You're welcome Rick. This is a good subject for the customization area
and/or the cad managers area. But here's a head start on that customization
guide, which will tell you all of this and much more of course.

#3 Create a plain text file and name it acaddoc.lsp. It doesn't matter
where as long as it is in the search path. If there are more than one in
the search path, only the one that is highest in the path will be loaded.
What you put in the file depends on what type of applications you are
loading. I've attached a sample.

#4 Yes.

I make a deployment with the network folder our acaddoc.lsp file is in
appended to the top of the search path. Our in house Lisp and VBA
customization does the rest from there. This is probably not typical
though.

James


wrote in message news:5455839@discussion.autodesk.com...
Thanks for your response James!

I'm the IT guy and afraid I don't know much about AutoCAD and creating a
.lsp file to get #3 done. I can look in the customization guide, but in the
mean time, can you point me to some examples of how to do this, or should I
post in the customization area? After creating acaddoc.lsp, does it matter
where the file is located as long as it is included in one of my support
file search paths?

As for #4, would I just modify the settings under Options > Files tab >
Printer Support File Path? This could be set in the deployment wizard.

How do you and most people perform your installs and customize for your
environment?
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brandon.nguyen
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-18-2007
Message 6 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-18-2007 01:44 PM in reply to: rvoland
Rick.. i'm trying 2 setup the network verison on our server (3 seats) but keep getting this error 1308 (most are .dll files that it wants to look for on the 2nd disc set for 2007 autocad revit series building 9.1). I've tried copying the all files from the discs and put them on the desktop to run and tried running it from the cd as well with the same results. Any suggestions would b gr8t... is there a way to combine the 2 cds into one folder so it doesn't get that error?
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rvoland
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Registered: ‎01-17-2007
Message 7 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-26-2007 01:30 PM in reply to: rvoland
Sorry I'm taking so long to get back to you, I got pulled off on another project.

Install the deployment wizard from the install CD and use it to create a deployment. This will put all the files in one deployment package which you can share on your network. I found a couple other posts here which helped me figure most of it out. I can't remember what the subjects were offhand, but just do a search for deploy and it should get you started. One thing I do remember gave some people problems, that the location you chose to install the deployment package has to be a network shared location and make sure you have full rights to it at the share level and the file level.
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rvoland
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Registered: ‎01-17-2007
Message 8 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-26-2007 02:05 PM in reply to: rvoland
Thanks Dazzman. I thought about looking into having AutoCAD startup with an existing .arg file, but it didn't look like that would load the startup applications that my users need. I am going to look into using the acaddoc.lsp that James suggested. I like and agree with your suggestion to keep as much information on the server as possible. Sounds like it will make future upgrades less painful.
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rvoland
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Registered: ‎01-17-2007
Message 9 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-26-2007 02:13 PM in reply to: rvoland
Thanks James! I looked at the acaddoc.lsp example you provided (Thanks!) and it looks you have to load the commands in the files one by one. Can you just load the entire file? We are loading 3 types of files (.lsp, .arx, dvb).
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brandon.nguyen
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-18-2007
Message 10 of 11 (148 Views)

Re: AutoCAD 2007 install/deployment

01-26-2007 02:17 PM in reply to: rvoland
i got it workin correctly. i was trying to run it from the network (a copy was on one of the servers). i used the cd's instead and they worked w/out a hiccup. thanks for all your help! :smileyhappy:
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