Autodesk Revit 2011 Suite

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I have just finished packaging the 3 suites (MEP, Architecture and Structure).
There are a number of dependency packages for them, which I have created transforms for...
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VC++ 2008 Redist" Version="9.0.30729.17"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VC++ 2008 Redist" Version="9.0.30729.4148"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name=".NET" Version="3.5.21022.8"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="NLS Downlevel APIs" Version="1.0"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="DirectX" Version="9.0c March 2009"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VC++ 2008 ATL Runtime" Version="9.0.30729"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VC++ 2008 CRT Runtime" Version="9.0.30729"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VC++ 2008 MFC Runtime" Version="9.0.30729"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VC++ 2008 OMP Runtime" Version="9.0.30729"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VSTools Apps 2.0 IDE" Version="9.0.30729"
Manufacturer="Microsoft"Name="VSTools Apps 2.0 RT" Version="9.0.30729"
Manufacturer="Autodesk" Name="Materials Library 2011" Version="2.0.0.100"
Manufacturer="Autodesk" Name="Materials Library 2011 Base Image Library"Version="2.0.0.49"

then I created the transform for Each Base Application.

To Disable the "Customer Improvement Program" (CIP) window that displays on Startup, Set the Property "MC3Enabled" to "#0".

I had trouble getting the ContentLoader to run from a deployed package - it's a custom action at the end of Execute Immediate. I ended up disabling the CA and capturing the content into a seperate package - all the CA does is extract CAB files to folder locations (Help files etc)

Also if you get the "Some content was not installed - yes/no/cancel" message when you run revit for the first time, to disable this you just delete the content.rcl file.

All in All Revit 2011 was much easier to package that 2010.

It would be nice if Autodesk could provide the Revit Extensions in MSI format tho...
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The following is the method I have used for Revit products to enable the ContentLoader to run for each deployment so that content is installed locally rather than to a network content location:

1.) Add the content cab files to the MSI so that they copy down to local machine as cab files i.e. copied to: Program\ContentENU & Program\ContentAll
2.) Edit the content.rcl file and update the paths to the cab files to reflect the local machine paths i.e C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Structure 2011\Program\ContentAll
3.) Remove the content.rcl file from the file table of the MSI (we don't want this file getting put back during a self-repair.)
4.) Create a new vbscript to manually copy down the content.rcl file during install - add this to the binary table:

Dim objFSO
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Dim MSIPATH
Dim PROGRAMDIR
Dim CONTENTPATH

MSIPATH = Session.Property("SourceDir")
PROGRAMDIR = Session.Property("PROGRAM")
CONTENTPATH = Session.Property("REVITCONTENTSPATH")

If objFSO.FolderExists(CONTENTPATH) Then
''Do nothing as content already installed.
Else
If objFSO.FolderExists(PROGRAMDIR) Then
objFSO.CopyFile MSIPATH & "Content.rcl" , PROGRAMDIR, True
Else
''Do nothing as Autodesk program folder does not exist.
End If
End If

5.) Add A Custom Action and InstallSequence entry to trigger the binary vbscript with condition NOT Installed AND NOT PATCH
6.) Remove the -nodialog flag from the target of the ContentLoader Custom Action to enable the content progress bar.
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I wrote a blog on how to deploy Revit through SMS/SCCM. It also includes installation in a build process. The problem is that the setup.exe opens a new instance of itself and then closes the old one. The deployment/build server is watching the old setup.exe. Once it is closed, the server thinks the installation is complete and continues to the next process. This script waits for the new setup.exe instance to close before it closes. 

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