Pragmatic Rollouts

Deployments that Fail to Suck
  • Lectures 48
  • Video 11 Hours
  • Skill level expert level
  • Languages English
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Pragmatic Rollouts has moved! Please come to our new home at PragmaticPraxis(dot)com to learn about all the great new features in version 3, and get a free upgrade from v2 to v3 for Single Location!

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Deploying Revit and related software is a chore. And a singularly unpleasant chore at that. In this Revit Training course, we will use various tools and techniques to customize Revit to make it a more productive tool, and automate the deployment and post-deployment management of Revit to make it much less of a chore.

Expect to spend a day or two customizing and testing, and less time than ever before actually deploying, with consistent results and user facing customization you never thought possible.

New features in version 2.0 include:
- Automated Uninstalls including file, folder and registry cleanup
- Automated Hotfix management
- Environment Variable management
- Refined control over settings for individual Rollouts
- Improved (100% hidden) User Initialization & Management
- Simplified customization
- Improved logging
- Expanded user initialization including folder deletion and user Registry/Environment Variables

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to automate the software Install/Uninstall/Management process
  • Interest in customizing Revit installs for better user productivity
  • Willingness to do a little script customization (actual script writing NOT required)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 48 lectures and 10.5 hours of content!
  • Customize and Test deployments prior to rollout
  • Automate deployments to save time
  • Automate install of fonts, addins & updates
  • Automate FlexLM settings and disable CommCenter once and for all
  • Automate office standards at deployment and for long term maintenance

What is the target audience?

  • BIM & IT Managers

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:02

Revit deployments done right!

2.0/2014 update!
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Windows 8 Compatibility
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17:07

Verify that your security permissions will support script based Deployments before you commit to this course.

15:29

A short discussion about VBScript, editing options and Virtual Machines.

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Virtualization Tools Parallels Workstation (Windows & Linux) Parallels Desktop (Mac) Parallels Forums (Support) VMWare Workstation (Windows & Linux) VMWare Fusion (Mac) VMWare Communities (Support) Microsoft VirtualPC (Windows) Windows IT Forums (Support) Oracle VirtualBox (Windows, Mac, Linux) Virt…
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Scripts for validating permissions as discussed in the Testing Permissions lecture.

Section 2: Setup & Prep
Folder structure
19:25
Sandbox Install
06:33
Migrate Content
10:49
Sandbox Customizations - Revit.ini
39:26
Sandbox Customizations - MaterialUIConfig.xml
10:47
Sandbox Customizations - Places Bar
10:40
Sandbox Customizations - Dictionaries
11:39
Addins
10:49
Rollout Prep
09:25
Downloads
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Section 3: Rollouts
Deployment Creation
17:01
Script Setup
13:33
Removals
30:54
Revit Rollouts
40:50
Errata & Testing Protocol
12:25
Addins
12:52
Web Updates & Hotfixes
12:00
User Initialization
22:48
Package Setup
12:17
Suite Rollouts
27:29
Downloads
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Section 4: Management
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File Upgrader  @ Autodesk Exchange: Batch upgrade utility for families, templates and projects.
Section 5: Archive: 1.0 (2013) Setup and Prep
19:53

In this lesson we will look at the folder structure upon which we will build our deployments and our content sharing scheme.

06:07

In this lesson we will install Revit on our Sandbox machine.

09:47

In this lesson we consolidate office standard 2012 content, OOTB 2013 content and customization files ready for 2013. 

37:07

In this lesson we will enable network addins, customize Revit.ini, the Materials UI, and Keyboard Shortcuts.

09:40

In this lesson we will install and test addins, and consolidate addins on the network.

07:30

In this course we consolidate all the customization done previously, in preparation for creating deployments.

20:26

In this lesson we introducing the Pragmatic Reviteer scripts, setting up the first one to validate automatic install of local Addins.

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Seed folders for both the Installs and Support folders to get you started, as well as the revised (i.e. empty) Material Libraries and the MSI needed to automate their deployment.

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Unzip the download and follow the instructions in the Deployment Prep lecture to disperse the files.

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Custom Revit.ini bug @  wikihelp   Revit.ini @  wikihelp Rod Howarth's  blog post  about network addins Template creation post @  wikihelp    by  Aaron Maller
Section 6: Archive: 1.0 (2013) Deployments
16:22

In this lesson we will create a Revit deployment, address some settings, and customize the Revit.exe.config file to support network addins.

52:23

In this lesson we will introduce the Admin Install script, and modify it to install Revit and Update 1.

User Management Script
38:54
11:54

In this lesson we will use Debug Mode to validate the scripts, then run a test deployment on our Sandbox.

02:50

In this lesson we put all the previous effort to useful practice.

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This document includes detail about the various settings in the Admin install script, as well as code block "recipes" for the install dictionary section of the script.
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This document includes detail about the various settings in the User Management script, as well as code block "recipes" for the various dictionary sections of the script.
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FlexLM_Timeout reference @  Opendtect.org . Info about stray files msdia80.dll @  answers.microsoft.com   msdia80.dll @  support.microsoft.com
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In the Sandbox Modification lesson we edited the Revit.exe.config file to allow for network addins, as shown below. I neglected to mention that in order to match the formatting, i.e. align the bold line with the one below, you must use spaces. If you use a tab here when modifying the file in your De…

Instructor Biography

Pragmatic Praxis , DO! Learn! Repeat.

Pragmatic Praxis is Gordon Price. Over the last 15 years Gordon has been a Job Captain, a project Revit Lead, a CAD Manager, an IT Manager, a BIM Manager and twice a presenter at Autodesk University. With experience in offices ranging in size from 2 to 100, and work ranging from single family residential to half billion dollar higher-ed projects, Gordon has both depth and breadth of experience. And while his high school teachers might be surprised to hear it, he really enjoys teaching as well as doing.

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