These instructions are useful for System Administrators who want to deploy Rhino 5 throughout an organization using Active Directory or SMS.
These techniques also work for automated installation by running the MSI from a folder that contains a customized Setup.ini. This does not require Active Directory, SMS, or other deployment tools.
Rhino 5 requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 be installed on the target system before installation. Download a fresh complete install from the Rhino Downloads page. Follow these instructions to uncompress the downloaded Rhino 5 EXE into a folder. Optionally, you can download the .NET installer from Microsoft.
Edit the Setup.ini file and place it next to the MSI file you are installing.
Note: The installer ignores all characters following a # sign, even if the # character appears in the middle of a line.
To install Rhino 5 32-bit with English language support as a stand-alone license using the License Key “AAAABBBBCCCCDDDDEEEE”, run:
msiexec.exe /i"D:\Installers\setup_x86_en-us.msi" INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files (x86)\Rhinoceros 5" RMA_CDKEY=AAAABBBBCCCCDDDDEEEE INSTALL_EN=1
To install Rhino 5 64-bit with English, French, and German language support as a stand-alone license using the License Key “RH50GBG8L8G689AA29898UE8”, run:
msiexec.exe /i"D:\Installers\setup_x64_en-us.msi" INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 5 (64-bit)" RMA_CDKEY=AAAABBBBCCCCDDDDEEEE INSTALL_EN=1 INSTALL_DE=1 INSTALL_FR=1
Silent installation: To install without any user interface, msiexec supports several options. See Msiexec command-line options documentation at Microsoft for details on the /q switch.
Note: 32- and 64-bit Rhino should be installed in separate directories. For an explanation of these parameters, and the other possible ones, see Editing Rhino4Setup.ini.
Edit the Setup.ini in the Installers folder of your installation DVD. If you are installing from a downloaded file, follow these instructions to uncompress the downloaded Rhino 5 EXE into a folder. Remove comments (#) from the parameters that you want to set for the installation process.
Note: The installer ignores all characters following a # sign in a line, even if the # character appears in the middle of a line. For more configuration details, see Editing Setup.ini.
You must reconfigure the setup.ini file with different paths for installing 32- and 64-bit Rhino. Installing them both into the same folder will cause problems!
Launch the MSI file and it will automatically find the INI file in the same folder, read the parameters from it, and run the installer silently.
Example batch file
This will install both 32- and 64-bit Rhino 5 with US English language and Help file support assuming you copied the Installers folder from the Rhino 5 DVD into C:\Temp\Installers folder, edited the setup.ini file as needed, and made a batch file with the following details:
msiexec /i C:\Temp\Installers\rhino5setup_en-us_x64.msi /qb msiexec /i C:\Temp\Installers\rhino5setup_en-us_x86.msi /qb msiexec /i C:\Temp\Installers\LanguagePack_en-us.msi /qb msiexec /i C:\Temp\Installers\HelpMedia.msi /qb
Are you missing templates, toolbars, or plug-ins? This is a symptom that the language pack was not installed. This can be an incomplete or botched installation if you are installing from the downloaded installer. Or it can be an error in the install script if you are installing from an MSI script.
If you install Rhino with the MSI install script above, but forget the language pack line, you will need to manually run the MSI for the language pack on your systems.
To verify if the language support is installed look for the localization, plug-ins, UI folder here: C:\Users\<login>\AppData\Roaming\McNeel\Rhinoceros\5.0.
If these folders are missing or if you have already opened Rhino, you won't find toolbars, templates, and Help. To fix this, do the following:
If not, then:
After you install the language pack:
You should now have templates loaded. If not, then:
To specify a Zoo server during installation, either add this line to your setup.ini file:
ZOO_SERVER=host.domain.com # Fully qualified domain name or IP address
Pass the ZOO_SERVER property on the command line: