Create Shared Folders for Your Deployments

Shared folders are required for both network license and multi-seat stand-alone methods of installation. The shared folder (network share) is created before you run the Installation wizard and is where product deployments are stored.

It is recommended that you name the network share folder Deployments on the desktop of the system where you want deployments stored. You can then add subfolders inside the shared Deployments folder that clearly convey the name of product you plan to deploy. This is also beneficial if you plan to deploy multiple products. For example:

Any subfolders that are placed inside a shared folder are automatically shared.

TipYou must have Full Control permissions set for your shared folder when you are creating your deployment images. Read permissions are necessary to access the network share and administrative permissions on the workstation where the program is deployed.

To create a shared folder

  1. On a network server, create a folder named Deployments.
  2. Right-click the Deployments folder. Click Sharing and Security (or Sharing).
  3. In the Properties dialog box, Sharing tab, select Share This Folder.
  4. In the Permissions dialog box, click the Permissions button. Make sure Full Control is active. Click OK.

    This is important when creating your deployment images.

  5. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
  6. For each product you plan to install, create a subfolder in the Deployments folder. Name each folder with the pertinent product name.