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Deploying Infrastructure Design Suite–Part 2

Although it applies to any installation package, not just IDS, the next really useful skill I’ve picked up is performing a silent uninstall.  In the case of my deployment, I would like to uninstall certain applications if they exist (Civil 3D 2010, LDT 2009 Companion, and Raster Design 2010).  Figuring out the right command with the right switches to uninstall a specific program has historically been very challenging, until I met my new best friend  Here you can take advantage of the kind folks who provided uninstall codes for lots and lots of different applications.  There’s no guarantee you’ll get the right one the first time but at least it narrows it down.  For example, I searched Raster Design 2010 and got this:

There are two codes listed here and lucky me!…the first one worked.  I had to doctor it up a bit by adding a /x and /quiet switches and also an IF statement that checked for a file to see if RD was even installed.  After that, I just added this line to the beginning of my batch file and Raster Design be gone!

IF Exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Raster Design 2010\acgiclipengine18.dll" Call MsiExec.exe /x{9E92FE3D-E224-0409-0002-69EA414E8E51} /quiet

Got a more eloquent way to silently uninstall program X, please share!

Go-Go Gadget Monitor!

Autodesk released a Performance Monitor for AutoCAD, including AutoCAD Civil 3d over at the Labs site

The Performance Monitor is a Windows desktop gadget that provides a color-coded status bar indicating the level of usage of virtual memory by AutoCAD products. When large amounts of virtual memory are in use, the running process may become unstable.

This should help you visualize your drawings memory usage and possible impending doom!  It includes some nice status information and some system variable to help you tweak your drawings performance.

Civil 3D 2010 – Download and install (Standalone)

I got to work this morning and did my daily check of emails and then onto my Autodesk subscription site to see if anything is new. finally, my Civil 3D 2010 download was there. So, I thought a quick blurb on the install would be in order. If you are not on subscription, then you will have to wait until your box(es) arrive.

So, first of all, the file sizes of the downloads are pretty menacing! Civil 3D 2010 is broken down into two self-executing files:

  • AutoCAD_Civil_3D_2010_English_WIN_32bit.part1.exe = 3,906,250 KB
  • AutoCAD_Civil_3D_2010_English_WIN_32bit.part2.rar = 675,180 KB

There is also a Vault specifically for Civil 3D 2010 available for download. If you are using Vault, MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE ONE DESIGNED FOR CIVIL 3D!!

I would also highly recommend using the Download Manager that Autodesk provides. If you network crashes in the middle of the download, you simply reconnect to the subscription site and it will pick up form where you got dropped. Without this, you will feel the pain of starting the download all over again. To download the two files above, it took about 1.5 hours – YMMV depending on your internet connection.

Double-click on the ….part1 file and now wait while it crunches and decompresses the install. For this part, mine took about 20 minutes.

Now you are at the main install screen. You can install standalone, create deployments, install utilities and read documentation. I’m going to install as a standalone. Note: I have an install of Civil 3D 2007 AND 2009 on my machine already (why not 2008? – we decided as a company to to an ‘every other year’ install. so my users won’t see 2010 until 2011 – company policy enacted)

So after I click on the Install, I am now asked to select the products I want to install. Since we are not a Vault shop, I disabled the Vault client.

Clicking on Next shows you a summary screen of what you have already selected and gives you the opportunity to change any items that are not correct.

Clicking on Next takes you to the User screen. Here you enter in your product code and Product Key. The Product key is a new addition to 2010. Someone else might blog on this , but I am thinking that it is a a checksum to make 100% sure that your license is valid.

Clicking on Next takes you to the main install screen. Here, you might as well go to lunch or do something else because your computer will not be usable during that time due to the large amount of memory taken for the install (at least that is the case with me). It installs Visual C++, Resign Review 2010 (another blog post at a later time), DirectX, Visual Basic Power Packs, Civil 3D 2010, and Language Packs. Time for this part was about 55 minutes.

Finally! after all of this the installer is done and you must restart your computer.

So to recap:

  • Download from Autodesk Subscription = 90 minutes
  • Decompression of files = 20 minutes
  • Actual install of Civil 3D 2010 and associated files = 55 minutes
  • Reboot computer = 2 minutes

Grand total of 2 hours, 47 minutes. And we haven’t even gotten into the customization part yet – perhaps another blog.