This feature works by creating an empty group and copying your selected data into it, including any additional files, for easy distribution or backup.
The end package file that is generated from Pack and Go is a .drivepkg file. This is essentially a zip file that can be stored or sent to other people so that you can move your implementations easily. It can also be used to backup and restore old versions of your implementations.
Copying all relevant security information is mandatory as you will need it to sign into the group. This information is always copied for packaged groups.
Pack and Go is commonly used to easily create Backups of Projects. Detailed below is a example of how you would Pack and Go a Project, then create a Configuration XML file to allow you to easily rerun the same Pack and Go.
This is an optional step and not necessary to create a Drive Package.
Use Configuration is an option that allows you to upload an XML file that has the previous settings saved for the Pack and Go process meaning that you do not have to go through the Wizard again.
Please see the section How To Use Pack And Go Configurations for more information about this functionality and how to use it.
The Rule History for each project can also be included.
All components that have been added to the selected projects will be included in the dataset.
Components to be included in the dataset will need to be manually selected (see Step 9).
When using a configuration file to create subsequent datasets the following will apply:
Please note this is only required if Manually select components was chosen in Step 8.
Next select the Captured Components to include in the Drive Package.
Selecting the Top Level Components Only checkbox will show only the parent component set models.
Next select any additional options that you want to include in the Drive Package.
Selecting Copy All Specifications and Copy All Generated Files and Information will dramatically increase the size of the Drive Package so consider if it is truly necessary to back these up.
Please ensure that the Source Root Folder is high enough in the folder structure that it encompasses all relevant files and folders. This will ensure that all necessary files with their correct references will be included in the Drive Package.
Files included from the selections made will appear with a black box in the checkbox next to them.
To remove a included item simply uncheck the checkbox for the item in the list.
You can not uncheck the Project or Group selections
If changes are needed simply click previous to return to previous pages to edit what is being included.
A configuration file of the settings applied in the previous steps can be created by clicking the Save Configuration button.
This can also be done after the Pack and Go process has completed in the next step.
To save a configuration file, click Save Configuration and follow steps 14 to 15 below.
If everything is correct click Next.
This will start the Pack and Go Process
If a Configuration XML file is required please follow steps 14-15 instead.
In this example a subfolder has been created in the DriveWorks folder within the Roaming Folder called BackupConfigurations.
If a configuration file was loaded (Step 5 above) the Location and File name will default to the folder and name of the loaded configuration file.
If no configuration file was loaded a File name must be entered and the location will default to C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Roaming.
Click Save to created the file.
Click Finish to exit the Pack and Go Wizard.
When you create a Drive Package using the Pack and Go Tool there is the option to create a Configuration file. This file is an XML file containing a copy of all the settings you used when creating the Drive Package. This means you can replicate the same Drive Package without having to go through all the selection process again.
To see how to create a Configuration please see steps 13-15 above in the How To Pack And Go Your Project.
This example shows how you would use a Configuration XML file to create a new Drive Package.
When you upload a Configurations file the Use Configurations Window changes to show what is going to be included in the created Drive Package using the giving Configuration File.
If you want to change edit the contents then you can select the Modify Current Configuration option to go through the wizard to make the changes you desire.
This will start the Pack and Go Process
The Pack and Go Tool uses a very similar process to Copy Group. To learn more about this please visit the Copy Group Help File page.