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Saturday, May 8, 2010

6 Common Questions about Installing Content - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/05/6-common-questions-about-installing-content.html

The way Revit handles installing content can be confusing. I want to try and clear about some of it. Here are some common questions and answers about the way Revit installs content:

I want to have Revit content installed to a network location and deploy Revit to multiple users. How should I do this?

The best method to do this is to create a deployment of the Revit product and in the Deployment wizard, configure the deployment and set the content folder to the network location.

Screen shot  2010-05-06 at 5.08.22 PM

When you complete the wizard and it starts creating the deployment, the content you selected to have installed will be downloaded and automatically extracted to the folder you specified. This happens during the deployment creation. When you run the deployment on a client machine, the content is NOT installed again. Revit simply will point that installation of Revit to the shared Network location.

It is important that the client machine has access to the Network location and has permission to the folder.

I want to install the content on each local machines hard drive, but when I do this, Revit downloads the content onto each machine every time the installer is run with the Content Loader. How can I only download the content once and have it be extracted from where I downloaded it to the first time?

The best method is to use a deployment. A deployment will only download the content once during the creation of the admin image and each time the deployment is run on a client machine, Revit will pull the content from the admin image and not from the web.

However, if you are not comfortable or able to create a deployment for some reason there is an alternative workaround you can use. For the complete steps view the technical solution here:

Revit 2011 Product install from Web Download to multiple machines

I want to skip the content installation/download and point Revit to use our existing content. How do I make sure that Revit is looking at the correct location for our existing content?

In the installer or the deployment wizard, you can set the directories to point Revit to for your Content, even if you skip installing content.

Screen shot  2010-05-07 at 11.27.22 AM

Revit uses the paths you specified in the first screen shot above as a default, but if you have existing content, you should change these paths to match your current paths.

If you are skipping the content installation also skips its download.

My download of content failed while installing Revit. Where can I get the downloaded Content after Revit is already installed?

You can download content for your version after the fact by going here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=9262641

As a alternative, you can try the steps in this technical solution as well regarding the paths for downloading content:

Revit 2011 Product install from Web Download to multiple machines

I need to modify the locations of where Revit is looking for Content after I have already installed Revit on multiple machines. What do I do?

You need to modify the Revit.ini file on one of the machines and copy that file to the rest, placing it in the same directory. You can use a script or other method for the copy if you want.

The Revit.ini file is located in C:\Program files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2011\Program.

It contains the path information for where Revit will look for content files. Open the Revit.ini file and look for the [Directories] section of the file. Under this section are the paths that Revit is looking for when searching for content. You need to modify these paths to match your current paths and then copy the Revit.ini file to the other machines, placing it in the same directory.

I need to create a portable deployment that includes all the content (a deployment on a DVD, for example). Can I do this?

We’ve been successful in doing this in the past. It takes some practice and a little trial and error to get it right, but here are the steps to do it:

In order to do this you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Using the DVD media of Revit Architecture or a full build Download from www.autodesk.com/revitarchitecture-download , create a network deployment that exists on your local machine instead of on a server

    Two important notes about the deployment:

    a). Ensure that all content is set to install on a local machines hard drive. This process will not function if the content is to be installed on a shared network drive

    b). Ensure that all User files are set to the local machines hard drive
  2. Once the deployment is created you will need to make some changes to the deployment prior to burning it onto DVD

    Delete the Client Install shortcut that is created by the deployment in the directory of the deployment (next to the AdminImage folder)
    b) Open Microsoft Notepad
    c) In notepad, enter the text string:

    D:\AdminImage\setup.exe /I D:\AdminImage\Revit DVD Deployment.ini

    Where Revit DVD Deployment is the name of the deployment you created and replace D:\ with the your client machines DVD drive letter.
    d) Save the Notepad document to the deployment folder as Install.bat to create a BAT file.
    e) Navigate to the deployment folder using Windows explorer and open the following file in Notepad:

    …\AdminImage\RevitSetup\RevitBuilding\Content.rcl (RevitBuilding might be RevitArchitecture in some versions)
    f) Using the find function to located all lines starting with Fullpath=.
    Change the path information after Fullpath= to indicate the DVD drive of the client machines instead of the server

    For Example, each Fullpath= line should read like:


    Save the content.rcl file and overwrite the original
    h) Right click on the newly saved Content.rcl file in Windows explorer and select Copy
    i) Navigate to …\\AdminImage\RevitSetup\RevitBuilding\program files\Revit Architecture VERSION NUMBER\program, (might be \\AdminImage\RevitSetup\RevitArchitecture\program files\Autodesk\Root\program\ in some versions) right click in this folder and select Paste. Select Yes to overwrite the Content.rcl file
  3. Begin the process of burning the deployment to DVD
  4. Name the DVD that you are burning: RAC2009DVD (Note This is for Revit 2009, you need to match the Name of the DVD with the name of the orignal Revit product versions DVD for this to work)
  5. When copying the deployment to the DVD, do not include the folder that you created the deployment in. The AdminImage and Tools folders and Install.bat file should not be located inside of any directories on the DVD
  6. Burn and Finalize the DVD

    Following this process should create a DVD containing a deployment of Revit Architecture that includes all content on the local machine.

    Important Note: This process will only function if each machine that installs from the DVD has the same drive letter as was used when creating the Install.bat file and modifying the Content.rcl files.

Let me know if there are other content installation questions you would like to see answered.

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