Tekla Structures installation for administrators

Tekla Structures
2023
Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures installation for administrators

You can install Tekla Structures on users' workstations using the standard installation packages or by creating your own centralized installation using MSI packages. You can also run Tekla Structures in a virtual environment.

If you have legacy on-premises licenses, you must also install a license server on your own hardware.

Tekla Structures installation on workstations

You can install Tekla Structures on each workstation using the standard installation packages or by creating your own centralized installation using MSI packages.

You can download Tekla Structures software and environments from Tekla Downloads. To use the latest software, we recommend that you install the latest service pack of Tekla Structures. Service packs include improvements and fixes to the previous main version or service pack of Tekla Structures. Service packs are available for all users with a valid maintenance contract or subscription.

Note:

You must install Tekla Structures with administrator rights.

When you use centralized installation, the end users do not need administrator rights for the installation.

Installation files for Tekla Structures software and environments

The installers for the Tekla Structures software and environments are .msi installers. Environment installers include sets of .tsep installers that contain the environment files and settings.

When installing a new version of Tekla Structures, first install the software, then install one or more environments. The environment .msi installers are installed to your computer before opening Tekla Structures.

When you run the environment .msi installer, the installer creates the environment folder and copies the .tsep installers to the..\Tekla Structures\<version>\Extensions\To be installed folder. The installer also creates the RemoveEnv.bat and ToBeRemoved.txt files, and places them to the ..\Environments\<environment> folder. These files are used when uninstalling an environment.

When running the environment .msi installer, you can select in the installation wizard that the .tsep installers are run immediately when running the environment installer. If you do not run the .tsep installers immediately, the .tsep installers are run when you open Tekla Structures for the first time after the installation. In this case, Tekla Structures opens a dialog box that shows the installation progress of the .tsep installers.

You can cancel the installation of extension .tsep installers in the dialog box and postpone them to the next Tekla Structures start-up. The queued environment .tsep installers are not canceled, they are installed even if you cancel. The .tsep packages contain information about the product type: environment or extension, which is used to determine which installers can be canceled.

Running the .tsep installers does not require administrator rights. The .tsep installers install the environment files to the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\<environment> folder.

If you are installing several environments for the first time, we recommend that you do not run the .tsep installers with the .msi installer. Some of the .tsep packages are used in more than one environment and the same version of a .tsep package is only installed once. Starting Tekla Structures for the first time after installation can take a long time particularly if you have installed several environments, as all the .tsep installers are run.

Standard Tekla Structures installation

The Tekla Structures installation wizard has detailed instructions about the installation.

For more information, see Install and license Tekla Structures.

Centralized Tekla Structures installation

Installing Tekla Structures centrally across the company network saves time in a large company when there are many Tekla Structures users.

Centralized installation allows you to run the Tekla Structures installation silently in the background so that the users do not see the installation wizard dialog boxes. For detailed information about centralized installation, see Centralized distribution of Tekla Structures 2023.

Tekla Structures installation in a virtual environment

You can also run Tekla Structures in a virtual environment. Application and desktop virtualization allow users to run software from a server on the network without locally-installed Tekla Structures on their workstation. Using Tekla Structures from the server ensures that all users in a project are using the same project environment set-up. For detailed information about installation in a virtual environment, see Use Tekla Structures with application and desktop virtualization.

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