Over the years, the Admin Image deployment package has been changed and in this current release it is fairly easy to create them. The easiest way to get this started is from a media disk for the initial release of the version. This may not be what you would want to deploy for the clients. So then you need to do the download for this which can be time consuming for either the Full Download or even just the download for creating the Image. If you plan to go this route, plan ahead and download the package ahead of time. If you want to create the image for both 32 & 64 bit, get both of these downloads into the same folder so the Installation Manager (IM) knows where to find it.
To get this started, open the IM for either version 32 or 64 and when it is on the Welcome page select “Administrative image” here you are able to select how you would like to create it.
You can create a new image which will use SolidWorks default settings for the creation, or you can create it from an existing image you had deployed in the past. This second option will bring all of those settings and options into the image. If you do it this way and you have not downloaded any of the software, it will decrease the download time as it will only download what it needs to patch the old version to the new version. This is especially helpful for service packs, but not as much for new versions. Here we can also choose to create both 32 and 64 bit image as well. In this example, I selected to create a new image and only for x64 as that is the IM I started. We then will select Next to continue. The next page is for the Serial Number(s) you have for SolidWorks, Simulation, Flow, Motion and Workgroup Contributor. We can select Next for this once we have all the serial numbers recorded if they did not fill in automatically. It will then check the serial numbers and installs for verification.
From this page we can select what to include for SolidWorks to install. I recommend creating it with everything your serial number(s) allow, as we can edit what gets deployed with the option editor. We can also adjust our download settings if a download is needed and change the location where it creates the image and where it creates it from.
Next, select Create Now and it will ask if you are using a network serial number and where to point for the server. After that is OK-ed it will go through and create the image in the location selected and when it is done it will tell you it is complete and ask if you would like to see how to install this image on the clients. This will then prompt us to open the Option Editor to customize the Image. We will cover this in a future post.