Create a Custom Deployment

To alter your deployment by removing features or restricting access to online resources, customize the configuration of each product included in the deployment.

To create a custom deployment

  1. Start the AutoCAD Installation wizard.
  2. On the initial page, select a language for the deployment instructions. Click Create Deployments.
  3. On the Begin Deployment page, specify the following:
    • Administrative Image Field. Enter or locate the path to the shared network location where you want to create and store your administrative image. Users install the program from this location.
      NoteFor information on how to create a network share, see Create a Network Share.
    • Deployment Name Field. Enter the new deployment's name. This name is used for the shortcut from which users will install the product.
    • This is to be a: Select either 32-bit or 64-bit for your target operating system.

    Click Next.

  4. On the Select the Products to Include in the Deployment page, select the products, and language to include in your deployment. Click Next.
  5. Review the Autodesk software license agreement. Click I Accept, and then click Next.
  6. On the User and Product Information page, enter your user information, serial number, and product key. Click Next.
    WarningAfter you click Next, you cannot change the information entered on the this page unless you uninstall the product.
  7. On the General Deployment Settings page specify whether to
    • Create a network log file. Specify the log file’s location by entering either a valid UNC (universal naming convention) path or a hard-coded path on your network.
      NoteThe folder that contains the network log file must be a shared folder for which users who install the program have Change permissions. Otherwise, successes or failures for user installations cannot be written to the log file.
    • Create a client log file.
    • Run the installation in silent mode to prevent users from changing installation settings.

    For more information on log files, see Creating Log Files. For more information on silent mode, see What Is Silent Mode?.

    Click Next.

  8. On the Create Deployments page, click Configure to customize the product configuration.
  9. On the Select the License Type page, select Stand-alone or Network license, and click Next.
  10. On the Select the Installation Type page, specify the following:
    • Installation Type. Select Typical to install the most common application features. Custom to install only the application features that you select from the Select Features To Install list.
    • The following table lists features that are available for selection with a custom installation.

      CAD Standards Contains tools for reviewing design files for compliance with your standards.
      Database Contains database access tools.
      Dictionaries Contains multi-language dictionaries.
      Drawing Encryption Allows you to use the Security Options dialog box to protect a drawing with a password.
      Express Tools Contains AutoCAD support tools and utilities (not supported by Autodesk).
      Fonts Contains AutoCAD fonts and TrueType fonts.
      Autodesk Seek Autodesk Seek.
      NoteSeek will only be installed in the English version of AutoCAD.
      Welcome Screen Contains learning resources to help discover the product.
      License Transfer Utility Allows users to transfer an Autodesk product license between computers.
      NoteThe utility will not be installed on unlocked versions of AutoCAD.
      Migrate Custom Settings Migrates custom settings and files from previous version of your product to this version.
      Initial Setup Allows users to perform some basic customization of AutoCAD (online content, workspaces) based on their units system, industry, and commonly used task-based tools.
      Reference Manager Allows users to view and edit the paths of externally referenced files associated with a drawing.
      Samples Contains various feature sample files.
      Tutorials Contains tutorials.
    • Install Optional Tools. Specify whether to install AutoCAD Express Tools Volumes 1-9 which contains a library of productivity tools designed to help you extend the power of AutoCAD.
    • Product Install Path. Specify the drive and location where you want to install the product.

    Click Next.

  11. On the Select Installation Folders for Support Content page, choose the location for your support content. For more information about support file locations and options, see Select Installation Folders for Support Content. Click Next.
  12. On the Define Search Paths and File Locations page, specify the necessary search paths, file names, and file locations. Click Next.
    WarningDo not remove the DRV path. Always add paths as secondary paths.
  13. On the Install Additional Files page, specify the installation location and the filesnames of any additional files you want to include in the deployment. Click Next.
  14. On the Specify User Preferences page, specify whether to display the Welcome Screen, whether to require Internet Explorer, the default publish format, the default profile name, and whether to create a desktop shortcut. Click Next.
  15. On the Include Service Packs page specify whether to include any available service packs. The installer automatically checks for available updates.
  16. On the Configure InfoCenter Communications Center page, specify whether to allow users access to the latest information and product discussions through live updates from Autodesk, Information and CAD Manager channels, and RSS feeds. Click Next.
  17. On the Configure Access to Online Resources page, you can set up access to online tools such as DesignCenter, Subscription Center, and Online Help. You can also specify Customer Error Reporting settings, and allow users to customize InfoCenter searches. Click Next.
  18. On the Configuration Complete page, select a product tab to configure another product, or click Configuration Complete to review your settings.
  19. On the Create Deployment page, click Create Deployment. To retain a copy of your deployment settings, click Copy to Clipboard.
  20. On the Deployment Complete page, click Finish.