If you need to install Autodesk software to multiple computers then creating a deployment will save you time and money.
A deployment is an efficient way to install one or more Autodesk products to multiple computers with only completing the process once. The deployment process creates what is known as an “administrative image” which is essentially a set of installation files that are used to install a consistent configuration of programs on each computer.
When would a deployment be useful?
Benefits of creating a deployment
- You will only have to install on one machine creating a master copy
- The install can take place on multiple machines whilst they are being used
- Bespoke deployments can be saved as a template and used for future releases
Properly plan your deployment!
When you have established that a deployment is the right decision, there are some key areas that you need to address to ensure a successful installation.
The first area to address is Deployment Readiness which will set out the basic requirements for your deployment.
- Ensure your system requirements are correct e.g every machine is 64bit
- Locate product serial number and product key
- Identify a network location to store the deployment
It is important to understand that within a deployment there are certain areas that you can configure.
Revit out of the box
- Company template file, remove default Autodesk templates
- Don’t install content libraries, use an approved shared folder on server
- Change file path for inserting content to server
Customise user interface
- Disable Architecture/Structure/MEP tabs
- User interface colours
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Selection options
Additionally you can also configure
- ‘Local copy’ folder locations
- Create a shared materials library and shared parameters file once the installation of the main product is complete.
And finally don’t forget to include service packs!
- You can do this as part of the deployment or you can download a service pack from Autodesk once the installation of the main product is complete.
- You may want to bookmark this link for Revit service packs
Cadassist’s BIM consultants are on hand to help guide you in the right direction – a useful resource, particularly if you are tackling your first project.
You can find more information on ‘Creating a Deployment’ in our BIM Implementation Workshop running in London and Manchester in January 2015. Please contact your account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org for this and other BIM services.