So what does the new AutoCAD 2017 installation wizard look like this time?
There are a couple changes, but not much has changed. One VERY important thing has changed and this is most likely due to one of the new features regarding serial numbers and licensing.
First we'll go through the "Install" screens and then to the "Create Deployments" screens.
When you run Setup.exe you get the initial screen, click the Install button.
Please check the Service and License agreement before selecting "I accept" and clicking Next.
Notice: we bypass the screen that prompts for the serial number, product key and if it's a standalone or network version. This is a new feature in AutoCAD. When you run the program it should prompt you.
Access more options by clicking the button to expand it.
Scroll up and down selecting the options you need then sync it back up with the up arrow.
Not much for install options while performing an "Install". However you have many more options when you create a "Deployment".
Launch the Setup.exe and select "Create a Deployment".
This page has some mighty helpful options.
Fill in the deployment configuration name, I don't use spaces because I create a lot of batch files and long filenames can be problematic. I should have made the name shorter.
Fill in the "Administrative image path" using a UNC location. Note: if the path gets too long you will not be able to install and will have to dig through the client side log files to find the 1603 error.
If you un-check the box "Include only products..." then the deployment will include all programs included in the software. This is helpful when creating a deployment from a suite and you want multiple configurations. If you leave it checked, then deselect one of the programs at the end (like Recap) then if you modify the deployment it will no longer show Recap as a product you can install.
We typically un-check the "Create a network log file" as we've bumped into too may 1603 errors during installs because the user didn't have enough permissions to the share.
Then click Next.
Please do read the Service and License agreement, there have been subtle changes in the last few releases.
Then select "I accept" and click Next.
They've re-designed it! Here are the new options.
We use network licenses... To obtain the license manager go to www.autodesk.com/licensetools
Red X means the number is incorrect, green check means carry-on and that goes for both fields!
Un-check the programs you do not need or want to install.
There are Many more options when you select to create a deployment…
And finally the bottom!
Now click Create.
A new feature that was introduced with the 2016 release is the new tool to add applicable service packs to your deployments.
Click the Update Software or the Updates, you can also go back and forth between "WELCOME" and "UPDATES" to refresh the screen.
If you get this screen and the spinning circle does not disappear, then check back later by going into the deployments “Tools>Apply Updates” folder and run the shortcut. If it still “sits and spins”, then check out our blog: https://blogs.rand.com/support/2015/03/autodesk-application-manager-stalls-when-checking-for-updates.html
Right now there are no service packs or anything available so just click Close.
After you've created the deployment and when a Service Pack, Update or Hotfix becomes available you can easily update the deployment by going into the Tools>ApplyUpdates folder and run the shortcut. Then Check all the updates you want to include.
You may have more than one "Update" shortcut if you have multiple configurations for your deployment.
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