Solid Edge ST6 Offers Multiple Version Installation
Solid Edge ST6 now provides the user with the
ability to run multiple release versions at the same time. This will allow
easier testing of new releases prior to putting them into production. The earliest
supported version of Solid Edge for multiple install with ST6 is Solid Edge
Solid Edge Multiple
Install will not allow certain combinations of the software to be installed
together. For example, users will not be able to have multiple versions of MP’s
(maintenance packs) installed from the same release version.
Users should also not install different 32/64 Bit versions of Solid Edge
on the same system.
Since this new feature is designed for testing
purposes, secondary applications are not fully supported with multiple installs.
For example, Solid Edge Embedded Client, Standard Parts, Automated Executions,
are not supported.
In order to successfully install multiple versions of Solid Edge, the
user must run a silent install on the latest version. Before running the silent
install, a few steps must be followed:
installing multiple versions of Solid Edge, it is recommended that users
install the oldest version first, followed by the latest.
that you install the associated MP for the oldest version prior to installing
the second version on your system.
that the user attempting the silent install has administrator privileges.
Solid Edge Silent
You can silently
install Solid Edge ST6 using the following command. Be sure to enclose path
names in quotes if they contain spaces.
Note: Do not silently
install Solid Edge if you use Standard Parts or Web Parts. These components
require the .NET framework, and the .NET framework is installed only when you
C:\>msiexec /i “D:\CM_SETUP\DISK1\Solid Edge ST6.msi”
INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\Silent Solid Edge\” /qn+
The string D:\CM_SETUP\DISK1\Solid Edge
ST6.msi represents the fully qualified path to the Solid Edge MSI file. The
drive letter D is only an example of the drive letter for the DVD ROM. Your
drive letter may be different.
The MSI property MYTEMPLATE indicates which
type template files are to be installed. Ignoring this property defaults the
installation to ISO template files.
The MSI Property INSTALLDIR is used to
specify the installation folder for the application.
The MSI Property USERFILESPECXML provides the
optional installation of a SE Admin file. You should supply a fully qualified
path and filename. This file is copied to the Solid Edge Program folder and
processed at the end of the setup.
The MSI Property USERFILESPEC optionally
provides a license file that setup copies to the Solid Edge Program folder at
the end of the setup.
The argument "/qn+" instructs the
Windows installer to provide NO user interface and alert you at the completion
of the setup using a dialog box. Refer to the Windows help system for further
information about Windows Installer arguments. Leaving this argument off the
command line will display the setup user interface with selections made and
Note: If you are
using this option, some installations that require user interaction could fail.
The argument "/l*v" tells the
Windows installer to create a log file of important messages, warnings and
errors and write it to the location provided, in this example,
K:\temp\mysilentsetup.log. Additional information regarding logging options can
be found in the Solid Edge readme.txt file.
Note: Solid Edge
requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express. Solid Edge setup.exe automatically
installs SQL Server 2008 Express, if it does not exist on the machine. The
msiexec utility, commonly used for silent install, will not install the SQL
Server 2008 Express software. This must be done manually.
Note: After you
complete the commands on the command prompt and press “Enter” there will be no
indication that the install is running. The install will run in the background
until complete, in which case it will inform you whether it was successful or
Set Active Solid Edge Version
When running multiple versions of
Solid Edge on a single machine, users will have to decide which version they
will want to be active.
Users will be provided with a
SESetActiveVersion.exe tool in order to switch between active versions of Solid
This will be located
within the “DVD\Solid Edge\SptTools\SESetActiveVersion” directory on the
installation disk. The User Interface provided with the tool will show which
major release versions of Solid Edge are present on the system. To activate a
different version, select the desired option from the drop down list and click
Upon completion of your testing of
Solid Edge ST6, it is recommended that you uninstall all versions and reinstall
the production version from scratch. The possibility of corruption of the
remaining versions exists following the uninstalling of only one version of