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SOLIDWORKS PDM Creating a Client Administrative Image

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE created/updated August 11, 2014

A SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image can be created in order to deploy a SOLIDWORKS PDM client installation, with preset options.

From Windows Start enter “Run

Run Command

Run Command

Enter the location of the SOLIDWORKS PDM setup.exe. The location will vary depending on whether you are installing the client from the original DVD, or if you downloaded the installation files. For 32 bit installations the setup.exe is in the \setup folder. For 64 bit it is in the \setup64 folder. the command switch /a needs to be added.

Command String

Command String

When the welcome screen appears, click Next and accept the license agreement.

Welcome

Select the default language and click on Next.

Default language

Default language

If you use Items, select Item Explorer and select Next.

Select the appropriate Product Type and click on Next.

Product type

Product type

If you choose the Editor option, you will then select which CAD product(s) you use.

CAD type

CAD type

Select the location where you wish to save the client administrative image.

SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image Location

SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image Location

The SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image can then be launched from a shared network drive, some sort of portable media, through Windows Active Directory, or by scripting a Silent Installation.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.

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