Hey guys I hate having to setup one pc to all the autocad setting that we need and then having to go do 27 more. I want to take my exact setup, menu, system variables, colors, file locations...everything and apply it to 27 more computers. We have tried using profiles but it only coppies over a few things and some are still missing. Is there are way to copy everything?
I do one setup on one pc, make all the settings to profile and to workspace. Then I follow two steps:
On other computers I start then the AutoCAD-installation (for more workstations I have a prepared network-setup) and copy the user-data from the backup-folder to the user-folder and start the AutoCAD with the /p startparameter pointing to the profile-ARG-file.
A few steps, simple to use, but effective.
- alfred -
Sounds like you're doing it right...
A lot can be done by configuring / customizing the network deployment.
Short of that...
Set up an AutoCAD the way you want it.
It helps to point to the network for support files, printer files, templates, tool palettes, etc.
Save the Profile.
Save the Workspace.
Export the profile.
Copy the CUIX file(s) to a network location.
On the other machines:
Copy in the CUIX file(s).
Import the profile.
Remove the /p argument from the shortcut unless you always want to start AutoCAD with a certain profile.
Exit and restart AutoCAD.
If you point to a CUIX file on the network for your main customization menu file, you could save a lot of time, but frustrate your users because they would not be able to save workspaces or customize their menus. It may cause some delays too, depending on your network speeds.
The workspace saves the screen appearance of your AutoCAD. It remembers which toolbars and palettes are showing and where they are located on the screen. (The Profile remembers background things like paths and other settings.)
The workspace can be saved while in AutoCAD using the workspace icon usually located on the bottom of the screen. It looks like a gear.
The Workspace is saved in the ACAD.CUIx file.
The workspace can be transferred from one cui file to another cui file with the Transfer tab in the CUI editor.
Well like I said we all use the same cuix file on the network. So it should get all the settings it can from there but even with the profile loaded it doesnt apply all the setting to the other computers.
Ok, so I am about to try this. So, basically if I save my local .cuix file and export my profile to lets say a usb drive and then go to the other cad stations and paste my .cuix file overtop of their .cuix file start autocad and then import my profile everything should be exactly the same as it is on my workstation? Of course I will have to select the workspace that I have created and named as lets say "company standard workspace" on the other cad stations. Should everything be the same, system variables that I have altered, other changes I have made lets say I set my background to a slight Gray color?
I do have one question, is it the profile file that saves my system variables that I have altered? Or is there something else I should be copying from my machine to the other machines other than just the profile and the .cuix file?
jgray, That should (mostly) work. There are some settings not saved in the profile (.arg) for some reason, but most things are. Screen color should be saved, I think. The profile saves most things you would set up using Options. The workspace saves the layout of your screen(s). Be aware of multiple monitors. Saving a profile or workspace on a multi monitor system and restoring that onto a single monitor system may result in palettes and dialog boxes off the screen. There is a trick to getting those back onto the screen. Hint: Alt+space then M then keyboard arrow keys.
I personally avoid customizing the main acad.cuix. We put all customizations in a partial menu file that's kept on the network in a read only folder. Everyone's machine uses the local cuix and loads the "enterprise" cuix from the network for our custom menus. Once a profile is loaded (from the network) all computers now have their options set the same, but give the user some flexibility to customize their own cuix.
Note that keyboard shortcuts and other things are customized in the acad.pgp, acad.doc and acad.lsp files which can also be referenced from the network.
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