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NX continuous update ?
I read with interest David's posts on the topic of NX continuous updates, and watched his videos.
I first download NX 1847 and installed, but did no updates, since 1872 was available.
I then downloaded 1872, installed it and turned on the software update notify and download option in customer defaults. I was informed there was an update, and it went smoothly, took a short amount of time, and as advertised it updated NX to 1892.
The next day, I was informed there was another update. This time it took a very long time to download. When it finally finished, I tried to install it to my NX folder (that 1872 was installed to), but it would not do it, it gave an an error that it could not overwrite it. I had to completely reinstall NX to a new folder. It was 1899 the 2x yearly release (non backwards compatible.)
I was not expecting this to happen. This to me means every user will have to have a full load of NX every 6 months to keep up to date?
And the network launch will have to be edited every 6 months in regards to the company custom customer defaults .dpv and .env setting all users use when they launch NX? These files contain literally 100s of edited company specific values and settings.
(To be clear, currently each design user has a full install of NX on their local computer, but when they launch a bat file sets all customer defaults and environmental variables per company standards.)
The company I work with has many seats. The viewer and gateway seats (many) can probably be controlled with a network install of NX (may be a lot slower) (and hopefully the server license manager will recognize the different users from different computers to check out the license), but the design seats are an issue.
A network install of NX (versus local to each user) may work, and I think resolve the issue?, but may be lots slower, and cause network related problems, and therefore be a bigger issue with user complaints on speed, and downtime issues? Need input on other companies with many seats and how and if they handle such?
My mistaken (?) impression was that the continuous updates of NX would not require a full install, much like Windows updates??
Please review and comment, and let me know if I am missing something?
Thank you for your time............James D'Aoust Consulting.
Thanks David for your response.
I know and read documentation / saw your videos on the "silent upgrade". I am a little fuzzy on it.
As a consultant now, I would like more clarity, if you can provide.
Have you experience with it other than the documentation?
If a "fundamental" release (non-backwards compatible for models every 6 months) is released does it work (As noted, that requires a complete reinstall of NX)?, or just for maintenance type releases?
Does it maintain all the customer defaults settings? Or just the ones that have not been rewritten or separated out like NX did from NX 12 to 1847 to 1872 to 1899?
Thank you sir..............JDC