Has anyone tried to apply service pack 1 to an administrataive image of
This is my first attempt at using the admin image install technique.
The above link says that once a service pack is applied to the admin image,
the next time a client computer starts SolidWorks it will be upgraded to the
same SP as the image as long as the client computer was installed using the
HTML file that the Admin image creates.
This is not working for me.
After upgrading our image to SP1, we had 6 users automatically update, but 2
did not. One of those two automatically updated after a reboot, but the
other did not. After two days, impatience and a lack of new ideas from our
VAR led us to try having that user click on the button in the HTML file with
the hope that it would patch their install. It didn't- it installed SP1
into a new directory :(
Do all users regularly connect to the drive with the admin image? In 2005
we used a drive that people didn't frequent, and they each had to visit that
directory with Windows Explorer (and supply a password in that case) once
before it would realize there was a new patch.
Interesting why 6 updated and 2 did not.
I ran across an exe file in the solidworks directory of the client computers
that is named swspmanager.exe. I launched the Service Pack manager software
and this automatically started installing sp1 on the client, apparantly
looking to the ADMIN image and realizing that there was an update to
install. After SP01 was installed I tried launching swspmanager.exe again
and it fires up Solidworks2006sp01. So what I've concluded is you can
actually launch solidworks using a link to swspmanager.exe and this will
look at the ADMIN image for update everytime before launching solidworks.
The image resides on a Linux server. I had problems with write access while
updating the image even though I have full read/write access. I copied the
image to my local C:/ and then applied the SP to the image and then copied
it back to the Linux server.
None of the clients have the network share to the image mapped as a drive,
ADMIN image requires a UNC path anyway and the HTML file points to the UNC
path, i.e. //server-name/share-name/SW2006-admin-image/
FYI, I didn't have any problems installing SP0 using the html file.