How to deploy AutoCAD using SCCM
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: