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Using Administrative Images

An administrative image allows configurable installations of SolidWorks products from a single network location.

You can install the administrative image from any computer on the network, including a client computer.
  • The administrative image must be in a shared folder.
  • If you include all products, the administrative image disk space requirements can be 7GB or more.
  • If you update the share name when you upgrade the administrative image, the client upgrades automatically the next time the application is started. For details, see Upgrading Clients from Administrative Images.
  • Clients must have administrative privileges on their computers, unless the Run the installation as a different user option is specified for the client installation.
    This option is not supported on Windows Vista or later.

Once you have created an administrative image, the Administrative Image Option Editor can manage installation option settings for users and groups installing from that image. For details, see Administrative Image Option Editor.

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