Use an ghost image program. I use Norton Ghost 6 but there are others that may
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
> 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.
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
All very cool stuff, I'll post results later when I test it out further.
On Mon, 20 Nov 2000 16:21:19 -0800, Jim Watkins
>Use an ghost image program. I use Norton Ghost 6 but there are others that may
>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
>> 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.