Solid Edge Installing Solid Edge to consistent C: drive location even when not enough C: drive space exists




Customer wants to install Solid Edge across their company to all users using a consistent install location.  All users have a C: drive.  However, some of these users do not have enough drive space on C: to install Solid Edge to and must use a secondary drive for installing Solid Edge to e.g. D:.  However, if the customer does this then there is not a consistent install base throughout the enterprise, which in turn impacts common defined preference settings, common folder location settings, etc.  How to install Solid Edge such that there is a consistent C: install location, even when having to physically install Solid Edge to a secondary drive e.g. D:.


The above defined scenario can be overcome by using symbolic links.  Symbolic links are a function of the underlying operating system.
On your systems with small, full C: drives and larger free D: drives...
1.  In Windows Explorer create the folder "D:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST10" 
2. Open a cmd prompt as an Administrator 
3. Enter the following command [this is the magic]: 
    mklink /J "C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST10" "D:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST10"
4. Install Solid Edge to the "C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST10" folder
You have now created a symbolic link on the C: and all the settings, registry, etc. used by Solid Edge will be set for the C: and everything looks like it exists on the C: yet the physical files are actually stored on your D: drive

Hardware/Software Configuration

Platform: INTL64
OS: window
OS Version: n/a
Application: SETUP
Version: V110.0
Function: INSTALL

Ref: 002-8002432

KB Article ID# PL8002432



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