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Automating installation of Rhino 5.0

Installing Rhinoceros

Rhino 5 MSI deployment with Active Directory or SMS

Overview

These instructions are useful for System Administrators who want to deploy Rhino 5 throughout an organization using Active Directory or SMS.

These techniques will 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.

Prerequisites

Rhino 5 requires the Microsoft DotNet Full Framework be installed on the target system before installation. Download a fresh full installer from the Rhino Download page. Follow these instructions to uncompress the downloaded Rhino 5 EXE into a folder. Optionally, you can download the .NET installer from Microsoft.

Deployment preparation

  1. Edit the Setup.ini file and place it next to the MSI file you are installing. Note: All characters following a # sign are ignored by the installer, even if the # character appears in the middle of a line.

Deployment configuration

  1. Open Active Directory Users & Computers
  2. Right click the Group or Organizational Unit that contains the users or computers that will receive Rhino 5, then click Properties.
  3. In the Group Policy tab, add a new Group Policy Object named Install Rhino 5.0
  4. Select the Install Rhino 5.0 Group Policy Object, then click Edit.
  5. Determine whether you will be installing per-computer or per-user (read up on Group Policy to determine which works best for your organization).
  6. Under User Configuration or Computer Configuration (depending on how you chose in the last step), expand Software Settings, then right click Software installation, then click New → Package.
  7. Select S:\Rhino 5.0\rh50.msi to install.
  8. In the Deploy Software dialog box, select Assigned, then click OK.
  9. Right click Rhino 5.0 in the right pane, then click Properties.
  10. Select the Install this application at logon checkbox. (Or customize the deployment options to fit the needs of your organization).
  11. Repeat steps 6-10 to deploy HelpMedia.msi and LanguagePack_en-us.msi (plus whatever other language packs you need).

Rhino 5 install with script (batch file)

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

Rhino 5 install with script and INI file

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 of that you want to set for the installation process.

Note: All characters following a # sign in a line are ignored by the installer, 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 bo

rhino/installingrhino/5.0.txt · Last modified: 2015/07/29 by yoko