Whenever a user is installing multiple SOLIDWORKS installations, the administrative image can save time. During setup we can specify unique settings for a machine or group and select products for the install. Clients must have administrative privileges for proper deployment and installation.
This blog post is part 2 of 2 on how to create and deploy an admin image. It takes a step-by-step approach to manually deploying the admin image. We recommend reading our Creating and Deploying an Admin Image: Part 1 blog post first.
The admin image must be located in a location accessible to all users. For instance, the folder it is in must be a shared folder with permissions to all users or it can also be placed in a shared network drive location.
Deploy the Image Manually
Step 1: From the main Option Editor window, select Deploy Manually. This is the recommended method.
Step 2: Select the Machine or Group preferred and click Send Email. To deploy to multiple Groups repeat this process for each of them.
Step 3: This is the link that the client pc user's will see and open to install manually. Add addresses meant to send link to.
Before you've sent the email, you may see this window pop-up. Select your shared network folder. This folder was saved to during image creation and shared in the previous Pre-Deployment step. Click OK.
Run the Install
Step 1: Access the email from the client machine. The link will open the following Open File - Security Warning window. If the link doesn’t work from your email window, copy and paste it into the Windows Explorer address bar. Click Run.
Step 2: Choose Install SOLIDWORKS products now. It may take a moment while it accesses the server.
Step 3: Click Finish to complete installation. Activation should be automatic from here on. Clients will need access to the image upon the first run of SOLIDWORKS for access to license info if automatically activating.
If you have any questions or comments about the process, please send them to email@example.com.
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Written by Mike Strand
Mike Strand works with both the Marketing and the Application Engineering team at Alignex, Inc. During the week he attends engineering events, edits YouTube videos and writes posts for the Alignex Blog. On the weekend you’ll find Mike driving ATVs, snowmobiling and building tools like a cantilever lifting hoist.