Appending or Merging Service Packs with Civil 3D 2011

January 11, 2011 at 9:00 am 4 comments

When you create a network deployment, one of the interesting options I always found was the option to Append or Merge available Service Packs resp. onto the deployment or into the Administrative image msi file.

But what is the difference between Appending or Merging a service pack?

The difference is exactly as the option tell you:

Appending will append the supplied Service Packs onto the deployment, forcing the msi installation to re-run the installation process replacing files of the installed deployment with the ones delivered with the service pack

While merging will integrate the supplied Service Packs into the Administrative Image msi file. It will in fact do the same as above but only once, letting the installation to run on the client only once.

Depending on what you want to achieve with your deployment you choose one of the techniques. I prefer the Merge option so deployments only occur once on the client system.
Unfortunately due to a fault in the Setup of Civil 3D 2011, creating the network deployment of Civil 3D 2011 will not let you merge the service pack into the Administrative Image msi file.

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  • 3. Peter  |  February 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    “Unfortunately due to a fault in the Setup of Civil 3D 2011, creating the network deployment of Civil 3D 2011 will not let you merge the service pack into the Administrative Image msi file.”

    Do you know if this will be fixed? Or is there an other way to merge a SP to my deployment?

    Kind regards,

    Peter

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    • 4. draftworx  |  March 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Peter,
      No there is no other solution.
      At least Autodesk is not going to provide a solution for this.
      So you (and everyone else) is stuck with this problem, generating more installation time then needed.

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