The deployment image can be shared on the network as a UNC path or pushed using SMS/SSCM.
This example uses SS4, 08.11.09.593. The process is very similar for many other Bentley applications, including MicroStation and PowerDraft. Please follow the links at the foot of the page for SS5 and SS6 updates.
From the original download pick Run as administrator:
This will extract the installation files to a temporary location:
The first installer options dialog will open. Select the extract and deploy options. The folder selected here is where the files used to create the admin image are extracted to, the default location will be:
in this case
this can either be treated as a temporary folder or saved to a network location for reuse (which avoids unpacking the files if the originals are needed again).
The deployment image files will be put in another location that is selected during the next step.
Click OK to proceed, the second installer options dialog will open:
Click Advanced Settings to select the Deployment Image location, this will contain the unpacked files and all of the necessary downloads from Microsoft plus Bentley's Visualisation Content download.
Note: some corporate networks may require firewall changes to allow the installer to access the Microsoft and Bentley downloads required to create the installation image.
Select the installation options
Enter the appropriate values for the site proxy server if there is one.
Click Browse to select or create the Admin Install location, in this example C:\BentleyAdminInstallPoints\ABD_SS4:
Note that all components are shown as required so every component is available if the target machine requires them. The only exception is the Visualisation Content shown as Recommended.
When a Reduced Mode installation is run it is possible to omit the Visualisation Content.
Visualisation Content contains sample data. In a network environment it may be preferred to separately install this content in a shared location.
Click the Create button to continue:
The required Microsoft components are downloaded:
.NET takes a while… so does the Visualisation content…but in the end it says:
To install, run setup.exe as administrator from the Deployment Image location.
This location can be used as the source for a Windows Managed Installation.
When initially unpacked theC:\BentleyDownloads\AECOsimBuildingDesigner_08.11.09.593 folder contains thefollowing:
These are all the Bentley files with the exception of the Visualisation Content download. 32 and 64 bit versions of the Bentley extension installers are included. (The primary application is not available as 64 bit yet.)
Note that it contains a Create Deployment shortcut. This can be used to rerun the Deployment process.
In the Deployment Image location C:\BentleyAdminInstallPoints\ABD_SS4 the Deployment shortcut is omitted but an additional 9 files are added including the Visualisation Content.
Note that 32 and 64 bit versions of the Microsoft Downloads are included.
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