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    Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Does anyone have any experience of installing this software over the network? There is a tool included which configures MSIs for network deployment and all looks happy, but I cannot get the MSIs to install via GPO.

    As always the documentation is poor (although there is loads for actually using the software) and there are no hints supplied for getting this software onto remote PCs.

    Any ideas anyone?

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Don't know the software myself but http://appdeploy.com/packages/detail.asp?id=220 is a good place to start - these instructions are for v8 but how different can it be?

    www.appdeploy.com is a genius website

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Thanks for that. I had a cursory glance before posting here but I obviously didn't look hard enough. Sorry. :blush:

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    I'm new to this software deployment stuff (or setting it up anyway!) so I'm not quite sure how to add the command line switches to an MSI.

    Any advice for a newbie please?

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    type 'msiexec /?' and you will get the full list of Windows installer switches.

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    How does one compile those switches back into the MSI though? I tried using WWIW and all seemed to have installed but the application and files were not loaded to the C: drive. Strangely the application was available for uninstallation in the Control Panel though (all 4GB of it!)...

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Did you ever get this going? We have 40x licences and have used the deployment wizard which creates an MSI, at which point I just send it down via GPO. But it's the licencing server that's doint my head in, I want to avoid it if possible.

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    The teacher who purchased the software left and with her went the request for the installation....

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Ravening_wolf perhaps this will help, I recently installed the same product (royal pain in the behind it is too).

    Problem is that the network path you give it is what it uses in the MSI, so if you create the MSI in \\staff\msi\cad then move it to \\staff\inventor11 it won't work.

    Fortunately I stalled the department until the summer holidays then imaged the suite, but I have used the MSI 3 times so far and it works.

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB
    Did you ever get this going? We have 40x licences and have used the deployment wizard which creates an MSI, at which point I just send it down via GPO. But it's the licencing server that's doint my head in, I want to avoid it if possible.
    put simply you can't and will have to make a new MSI if you didn't have the server up and running when you initially deployed it. I didn't find it that hard but the interface is an absolute horror to use as there's lots in it you simply don't go near!

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Thanks for the heads-up Halfmad. I'll give it another go this year

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    If your using imaging software (Ghost), the new deployments in the 2008 Autodesk software will let you install the network deployment software on a standalone machine. Just make sure when you get to the point where you need to pick "configure" it will go through a wizard. By default, it points to standalone install, but you can pick network install. At this point you would put the ip or name of the license server. It works very well.

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Oops I should said also that this is using the DVD or CD's on a local machine.

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Yup I've done that for our two stand alone licenses, although annoyingly I needed to call up and get codes for them to work.. so much for the 20+2 license scheme our vendor was offering, was an absolute pain to get details out of them, intially they denied it existed even though it was on the invoice!

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    Re: Autodesk Inventor Pro v11 network installation

    Yes, Autodesk has messed up the education software this year. I install the autodesk software at quite a few schools (I work for a consulting firm). It seems like every school that I'm at, the software is not registered with autodesk, so it's not just you...if that makes you feel any better

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