Distributing the Software To a Single Client Computer

This task explains how to distribute the software from the server to another computer. Note that the online documentation files can be distributed using the same scenario.

You can copy the software into a folder on the source computer, or simply insert the Version 5 CD-ROM into the drive. Then, you can log onto another computer, the client, on which you want to install Version 5, map the drive containing the folder (or the CD-ROM drive directly) and run the StartB batch command to install Version 5 over the network, as illustrated below:


Note that the default installation path can be:

C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\B18 (Windows XP Pro)
C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\B18 (64-bit code on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition)
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dassault Systemes\B18 (32-bit code on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition)

  When setting up the server you can:
  • copy all the software into the same folder (as illustrated above)
  • or, given that the software is distributed on several CDs ( 1, 2 ...), copy the contents of each CD into a separate folder for each CD, making sure that the name of each folder corresponds to the CD number ( 1, 2 ...) etc.
  Note also that, if an IBM License Use Management Runtime (LUM) license server is running on the computer on which you are installing Version 5, you must stop the server before starting the installation.
  When you insert the CD-ROM into the source computer, the installation procedure starts automatically. The Setup program displays a message telling you that it is preparing the installation procedure. In our example, you do not need to install the software on the source computer before distributing it, so at this point, you must stop the installation procedure from starting automatically.

One way of preventing the installation procedure from starting automatically after inserting the CD-ROM is to press and hold down the Shift key immediately after inserting the CD-ROM.

1. Log on as Administrator onto the remote computer on which Version 5 is to be installed.

You must belong to the Administrators group, or have the privileges assigned to the Administrators group.

  2. Run the Windows Explorer.

You need to use the Explorer to connect over the network to the computer containing the software, and access the StartB batch program in the folder

  3. Using the Explorer, select Tools->Map Network Drive...

The Map Network Drive dialog box is displayed:

  4. Select a Drive, then enter either the name of the folder containing the software (in our example, this would be something like \\Remote_Computer\My_CATIAV5_Folder) or directly the CD-ROM drive, or use the Browse... button to navigate, then click the Finish button once you have made your selection.

Note that if you browsed to select the folder, its name will be displayed like this in the Folder field:


Once mapped, the connection to the remote computer in the Explorer window will look like this:

My_CATIAV5_Folder on 'Remote_Computer' (L:)

You can only map to the other folder or CD-ROM drive if they have been previously set up as shared resources.
  5. Open a Command Prompt window and go to the folder on the source computer you mapped previously, and then go to the INTEL folder.
  6. Run the command:

StartB -h

to display help if you are not familiar with the StartB command.

7. Install the Version 5 software.

For example, running the following command will install the DP2 and MD2 configurations (and the corresponding nodelock licenses) for the CATIA product line into the following location, for example on 32-bit Windows XP Pro:

StartB -u "C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\B18" -newdir -l "DP2.slt MD2.slt" -lic E:\CATIAV5_Licenses\MYCONFIG.LIC

  For detailed information about the StartB command, refer to Installing in Batch Mode