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*Herridge, John
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AC2ki: Create Image from Hard Drive

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11-19-2000 10:28 PM
NT 4.0 SP6

Does anyone know if you can create an Image from an AutoCAD installation on
the hard drive versus the Application CD for network deployment to client
workstations?

What other alternatives are available?

This would permit the IT Mgr. to configure AutoCAD as needed out-of-the-box,
but also permit Updates and Service Packs to be deployed in the same manner.
*Watkins, Jim
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Re: AC2ki: Create Image from Hard Drive

11-20-2000 08:21 AM in reply to: *Herridge, John
Use an ghost image program. I use Norton Ghost 6 but there are others that may
suite better
Jim

John Herridge wrote:

> NT 4.0 SP6
>
> Does anyone know if you can create an Image from an AutoCAD installation on
> the hard drive versus the Application CD for network deployment to client
> workstations?
>
> What other alternatives are available?
>
> This would permit the IT Mgr. to configure AutoCAD as needed out-of-the-box,
> but also permit Updates and Service Packs to be deployed in the same manner.
*Stachoni, Matt
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12-07-2000 01:17 AM in reply to: *Herridge, John
Ghost doesn't image applications, just complete partitions and/or disks. This
may not be an option when imaging systems that are to be installed on different
hardware. This is especially tough with Windows NT, which is not plug-n-play.
It's even tough with Win2K.

To image an application (that doesn't use the Windows Installer) you would need
to use the Veritas Winstaller application (discoz.exe) from Windows 2000. It's a
nefarious process typically fraught with danger, and I haven't gotten it to work
at all with AutoCAD 2000i. Still testing this out, however.

The Discoz.exe app takes before and after snapshots of your system, so you
typically start with a squeaky-clean freash install of Win2K, take a "before"
snapshot, install the application of your choice, then take the after snapshot.
DiscoZ compared the two and creates a Windows Installer package (complete with
an .MSI) that you can use to install the software on your machine.

I am playing with using the Custom Installation Wizard (part of the Office
Resource Kit, a free download) and modifying the Architectural Desktop's .MSI
file and create a Transform (.MST). Surprisingly, it seems to work in doing
this, I just have to test the installation. Thus, in theory, you could modofy
your .MSI to install the necessary components (e.g., a custom install without
the French-Canadian dictionary), and also do cool stuff like adding a custom
acad.lsp file to the batch (perhaps to launch a self-configuration application
upon first use), and also include directions to install the service pack of your
choice.

All very cool stuff, I'll post results later when I test it out further.

Matt
stachoni@bellatlantic.net
mstachoni@beyerdesign.com

On Mon, 20 Nov 2000 16:21:19 -0800, Jim Watkins
wrote:

>Use an ghost image program. I use Norton Ghost 6 but there are others that may
>suite better
>Jim
>
>John Herridge wrote:
>
>> NT 4.0 SP6
>>
>> Does anyone know if you can create an Image from an AutoCAD installation on
>> the hard drive versus the Application CD for network deployment to client
>> workstations?
>>
>> What other alternatives are available?
>>
>> This would permit the IT Mgr. to configure AutoCAD as needed out-of-the-box,
>> but also permit Updates and Service Packs to be deployed in the same manner.

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