Monday, December 20, 2010

Another Packaging Tip for AutoCAD 2011

This was posted on the Autodesk DWG TrueView discussion forum by user GTVic on 12/20/2010 in response to an ever-growing thread on doing silent installs of DWG TrueView (and spilling over into AutoCAD 2011 it seems):

I have my AutoCAD 2011 scripted deployment working. Here are the changes I made:


First, you have to use the "-for-GPO.msi" file with the deployment MST file. I ignored GPO.mst because it was in a different folder and had an old date and only set one property ADSK_SETUP_EXE=1.


With the GPO MSI you will properly install the english version 0409 instead of 0000 and then the subscription and service packs will be able to detect that AutoCAD is installed.


For the language pack you need to include a property INSTALLDIR=C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2011\. I also added ADMIN_INSTALL=YES but I don't think that is needed.


The Civil Object Enabler requires the same INSTALLDIR property.


If you want AutoCAD to be able to update the Hardware Graphics Card database xml file for a user without admin rights you have to make the following folder writeable: C:\ProgramData\AutodeskRendering\PTXML.

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