I have being installing upgrades of these product suites for a few years now. The last couple of years, the amount of software that has to get uninstalled before you install the latest version is getting very time consuming. I only have 6 machines to look after and I fit it in around my actual engineering role.
I would find it really useful if on the next version, there were a tick box on the setup menu that said 'automatically uninstall previous version'.
That way I could set it off in the evening, let it run overnight to remove the old software and install the new software, come in in the morning to a rebooted machine ready to go - all without the need for user interaction. It would be even better if I could configure the template paths as part of the setup, then it really would be ready to go, just link it to the vault and the user is away.
bypmascaro01-03-201309:56 AM - edited 01-03-201309:58 AM
There has to be a better way to deploy licensing across corporations. I'm in the process of upgrading our North American licensing to 1 Consolidated licenses server.
There should be away to install any application or suite in any order and have the license server see and use the lowest license in the pool of licenses. I understand that this was an oversight at first but I would say the workaround should not be considered long term solution and some serious thought should go into managing license pools from within suites.
What the current license structure means for me:
I will have to create multiple deployments onto an external hard Drive. Then send a drive to all IT managers and make sure they first install AutoCAD, then IDSS, then IDSP, then P&ID, then PDSU.
I also for a fail Safe. I have to exclude the lower apps from the higher deployments. (eg. IDSP will exclude Map 3D and AutoCAD from the deployment)
This is a logistical nightmare and makes annual subscription upgrades extremely difficult for my dept. Alone, much less when I strait building the deployments for North America.
I hope this helps and that you consider building tiered licensing into your network suites. You have tiered solutions for applications now (suites) but no tiered solution for licensing these suits... Installing in order is a workaround not a long term solution.
Push the suites for all that they are worth, but please don't forget to clean the crumbs that are left behind...