A deployment provides an efficient way to install one or more Autodesk products with a standard configuration on multiple computers. The files required for the installation process are stored on the network, in an administrative image, in a folder to which all users have shared access. To install the products, users navigate to the deployment folder and double-click an installer shortcut (.LNK file).
NoteThe installer referenced in this guide applies only to Windows operating systems. However, some of the concepts and procedures may be useful to administrators of Autodesk products on Linux or Mac OS X networks.
Some essential facts about deployments:
- Deployments can be created for network licenses or multi-seat stand-alone licenses.
- Multiple deployments with different configurations can exist in the same folder, sharing the same administrative image, which is a set of installation files.
- Each deployment installs products in a single language. If you need to install products in different languages, each language requires a separate deployment.
- An existing deployment can form the basis for creating another deployment with a different configuration.
- Deployments can be configured to generate a log file for each installation. Network administrators can use these log files for troubleshooting.
- Each deployment creates a subfolder, <deployment name>\SMS_SCCM scripts, which contains two documents to help you with the distribution of deployments using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM): SMS_SCCM_ReadMe.txt and <deployment name>_SCCM.txt.
Deploying Language Packs
AutoCAD-based products, Inventor, and 3ds Max can use separate language packs to add one or more additional language versions to an installed product. Each language pack provides user interface strings, message text, and documentation in a specific language, without duplicating the product software. To distribute a specific language version to multiple instances of an Autodesk product, you can use the installer included with each language pack to create a language pack deployment. If you need to deploy language packs for multiple languages or multiple products, you can create a batch file to install a series of language packs on each computer.