As described in the post “Setting the Survey database Units (Coordinate System) could be CRITICAL” and followed up in the post “Pushing Survey Database Defaults” there are settings you may want to pay attention to so you avoid a 5’ shift in your survey base mapping! Additionally, if you have any type of customization you want to complete in the Pipe Network Catalog you probably want to copy the default catalog that comes with the product to a network location and point each workstation to the new location.
In the past, I though you had to push these setting to each machine by a registry merge. A much simpler way is to set the paths before you export your company AutoCAD Profile. Learn more after the jump…
A pretty standard – and reliable – method of setting up any AutoCAD product is to install the product on the first workstation and setup a company CAD “Profile”. In the profile you set things like the plotter paths, template, support paths, etc… and then export the profile to an .ARG file (images below).
The next step is to copy one of the application icons and edit it to import the .ARG when the program is kicked-off by the icon the first time.
Example: for Civil 3D 2009 – on Win XP – and to import the example profile above, the “Target” portion of the icon would be revised to:
"C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009\acad.exe" /ld "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009\AecBase.dbx" /p "N:\Autodesk\Deployments\2009\HRG Settings\Profiles\HRG-C3D.arg"
Where N:\Autodesk\Deployments\2009…ect… is the network location of the exported ARG file.
OK, so this method is not a big secret. What I wanted to add is, did you know that the Pipe Catalog and Survey User Settings paths are saved along with the CAD Profile? They are, and it is a good thing since Windows 7 makes it a little more difficult to run a registry merge at the startup of AutoCAD (security features of Win 7 get in the way).
So, as you are setting up those new Windows 7, 64-bit, deployments 😉 make sure to pay attention to the Survey User Settings and Pipe Catalog paths before you export your company profile.
If you already have the systems setup in this method – company icon that kicks-off C3D and imports an ARG if it is the first time – but want to release some changes that include getting the Survey User Settings squared away you can:
- make the appropriate adjustments on your system
- save over the company .ARG file on the network
- open the .ARG file in Notepad
- in the .ARG file revise the name of the profile as shown below (note: you need to do a find and replace for the entire document)
This will cause the profile to re-import into each system the next time users launch CAD from the company icon.
BE AWARE THIS WILL RESET EVERYONE’S PROFILE SETTINGS BACK TO COMPANY DEFAULTS!
Thanks, and I hop this helps… 🙂