How to deploy AutoCAD using SCCM

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This is going to be quite a lengthy guide but one that we think you might find very useful.

We have previously shown you how to report Autodesk serial numbers using SCCM and this has led to a number of questions being sent to us on how to deploy AutoCAD using SCCM and in turn, using the software catalog.

So, this guide will show you how to setup your CAD deployments as an application allowing you to either push out or allow as a request through the software catalog.


Before we start there are a few things that you should be aware of before using this guide:

  • For the purposes of this guide, we are going to use AutoCAD LT 2016 – English
  • This is not suitable for an upgrade – only a clean install
  • Should you wish to deploy to a machine with a previous version of CAD on it, you should ensure that it is fully uninstalled before allowing this application to be installed
  • When the deployment is created, it is for the site that you have deployed it to only – deploying it to multiple SCCM distribution points does not work – if you do this, it will still install to where you created the original AutoCAD deployment to. So if you have multiple sites, you have to create an AutoCAD deployment to each of those sites and then create a new deployment for each of those sites
  • You must have an excellent understanding of how AutoCAD and SCCM works


Once you are happy with the above, then we can start the process of adding AutoCAD LT 2016 – English into our software catalog as an application in SCCM.

You should login to your Autodesk customer portal and download the FULL installer, it should be around 1.3GB in total size and a single file. The filename should be similar to this:


Double click the file and it will ask you to extract to a location, for the purposes of this guide, we will extract it to the default C:Autodesk folder:

Depending on the machine you are using, this can take some time to extract the full 2.6GB of data.

Once this has completed you should then go to the C:Autodesk folder and run the standard setup file:

This will start to load the AutoCAD LT 2016 installer and will eventually give you the options to Create Deployment, Install Tools & Utilities or the standard Install. We want to create a deployment so click that button:

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7 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    Why are you importing the .msi and then going back to custom program and different sources?

  2. Kurt says:

    Thanks for this article, helped me a lot! However the de-/ reinstallation fails on my clients, at the moment I am using the default “msiexec /x {…}. ” What is the best way to implement a save deinstallation for the application distribution?

    • tghadmin says:

      Yeah the MSI uninstall wont work. Its a nightmare for uninstall to be honest, but this is the official documented way of doing it…

      To summarise the procedure, you first convert the deployment name_Uninstall.txt file to a batch file with ANSI encoding. Then you open the batch file and select the products to uninstall by removing the comment markers from the applicable command lines. Finally, you run the batch file to uninstall the products.

      Here are the detailed steps:

      1. In the deployment folder, open the file deployment name_Uninstall.txt in Notepad or a similar text editor.

      2. Click Save As, in the Encoding list, select ANSI, and then change the file extension to .bat. The recommended file name is deployment name_Uninstall.bat. Note that ANSI encoding is required to create an executable batch file.

      3. Open the created batch file, and enable the uninstallation commands by removing the “::” characters at the beginning of the “::call :funcUninstall” command line for each product that you want to uninstall.

      4. Execute the batch file with Administrative privileges.

      • Kurt says:

        Thanks for your help. Yes, but the following steps to implement that .bat into the application depliyment, so that users can uninstall autocad via Software Center, is left out in the documentation. So how do you handle deploying newer versions and general uninstalls?

  3. Paul says:

    Hi, I use the same procedure for ACAD LT 2017 but it ask for a reboot and launch a count-down after install. I can’t seem to find the argument for the command to prevent the reboot like a /norestart or something. If you have any ideas.
    Much appreciated.

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