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Monday, October 31, 2016

Building A High Performance Portable BIM Workstation - Part 3 - Software Installation and Deployment

Setting up a BIM workstation can take some time. From unboxing to actually being ready-to-work you have to go through various 'layers' of installation, like:
  • updating Windows
  • installing major software packages
  • installing addins
  • installing useful system utilities that speed up your day

In a large, corporate IT environment, most of this is handled by an IT department, and usually these are set up as deployment images. However, in a small or medium office, you may have to do some of this work yourself.

With that in mind, I'm sharing my notes on the steps I took to get my Metabox portable BIM workstation up and running. I may start to put links against most of these steps as time allows, because I have posted about a lot of these programs before. Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or advice.


Installation Order - from unboxing to System Image:
  1. Windows 10 Pro (preinstalled)
  2. Sign in with a new, temporary, local user admin
  1. Do Windows Update Fix (see below)
  1. Setup E: drive (secondary large HDD, change drive mapping)
  2. Login with Microsoft (personal Id)
  3. Place OneDrive onto E: drive
  4. Change PC name
  5. Move Windows Downloads folder to E: drive
  6. Samsung Magician install - test speed of SSD. Very nice.
  7. Install Office 365 64-bit (work Id)
  8. Login with both Ids
  9. Change OneNote backup storage location to E: drive
  10. Delete previous Windows installations using Disk Cleanup
  11. All Windows updates again
  12. Box Sync install
  13. 3dconnexion software install
  14. Ccleaner install
  15. Teamviewer install, setup, login
  16. Set Desktop Scaling to 150%
  17. Revit 2015 install (not entire suite) from IDSU2015 media, perpetual license
    1. Transfer activation via Export / Import to Autodesk Id
    2. Confirm activation
  18. Building Design Suite Ultimate 2016 (subscription)
    1. Revit 2016
    2. Navisworks 2016
    3. AutoCAD MEP2016
    4. Raster Design
    5.  (not entire suite) via Install Now
    6. Confirm activation
  19. Infrastructure Suite 2017 (subscription)
    1. browser download method
    2. Revit 2017
    3. Navisworks 2017
    4. Civil3D 2017
    5. Raster Design
    6. Confirm activation
  20. Install Revit 2016 SDK R2
  21. Download and install latest version of Autodesk Desktop App
  22. Install Locate32
  23. Change Desktop App storage location to secondary drive?
  24. Autodesk Updates
    1. 2015 Updates
    2. 2016 Updates
      • Revit 2016
        • Revit 2016 Release 2
        • Revit 2016 R2 Update 6 Fixes
      • AutoCAD MEP 2016
        • AutoCAD MEP 2016 Service Pack 1
      • Navisworks 2016
        • Navisworks Manage 2016 SP4
        • SP4HF1
      • AutoCAD 2016
        • AutoCAD 2016 Hotfix 4
    3. 2017 Updates
      • Revit 2017
        • Revit 2017 SP2 Fixes
      • Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2017
        • Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2017 SP1
      • Recap 360 Pro 2017
        • Update 2 v3.0.2.12
      • Map 3D 2017
        • Map 3D 2017 SP1
      • AutoCAD 2017
        • AutoCAD 2017 SP1
      • 3DS Max 2017
        • 3DS Max 2017 SP2
  25. Install BIM 360 Glue desktop app
  26. Install latest Glue addins (Revit 2015, 2016, 2017)
  27. Bit of a strange dialog box menu disappearing issue… so:
    1. Reinstall Chipset drivers
    2. Install Extreme Tuning Utility (for CPU overclock)
  28. Had to manually remove 'old' Bim 360 glue addin from 2016 install, %programdata% location
  29. Navisworks Exporter updates
    1. Navisworks 2016 R3 Exporter install
    2. Tested ok
  30. Revit addin install:
    1. RTV Exporter
    2. Bonus Tools
    3. Unifi
    4. Revitlookup?
      1. All versions?
  31. Uninstall Dynamo 0.9.1 (from 2017 install)
  32. Install Dynamo 1.1
  33. Install Autodesk Screencast
  34. Install Revizto
    1. Download building models
  35. Set up Outlook
  36. Install Firefox
  37. Install Github Desktop
  38. Install 7-zip https://sourceforge.net/p/sevenzip/discussion/45797/thread/3097bf8b/
  39. Install Bluebeam Revu and activate
  40. Reinstall Box Sync (due to some sync errors)
  41. Install FreeFileSync
  42. IFC Exporter Addins for Revit
    1. 2016
    2. 2017
  43. Install Tekla Bimsight
    1. Move BIMsight storage location to E: drive
  44. Properties+ addin for Navisworks
    1. Version 2.1.0 covers 2015, 2016, 2017
  45. Install Advanced Renamer
  46. Export the 'currently installed programs' list from Ccleaner
  47. Install NotePad++
  • XML tools plugin
  • Use Language - XML for dyf etc editing.
  1. Install Paint.Net
  2. Install drivesnapshot
  3. Ccleaner - cleanup, empty recycle bin etc
  4. Revizto
  5. Create system image - done


Windows Update Fix

All Windows Updates
  1. Failed!
    1. And rolled itself back
    2. And wifi died
  2. Reset the pc using Windows Reset
  3. Connected to Lan port (no need for drivers)
  4. Internet problems so:
    1. Download all metabox drivers (1.8 Gb)
    2. Install Chipset
    3. Install Killer Wifi (2 x reboots)
    4. Killer BT (1 x reboot)
    5. Airplane mode utility (1 x reboot)
    6. Intel Management Engine interface
    7. Control Centre Utility (1 x reboot)
    8. Now, use Fn + F11 to turn off sleep mode.
  5. Almost thought wifi was working, but then…
    1. IRQL_ error again, BSOD
    2. Reboot BSOD
    1. Reset PC again!
    1. Now, use this page first https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
    2. Download 3gb and update
    3. Multiple restarts
    4. Finally windows is up to date



Other software installed:
  1. Install BD writer software
  2. Install imgburn
  3.  Install Collaboration for Revit 2016
  4. Install Killer network software (updated)
  5. Install Onetastic (for OneNote macros etc)
  6. Install Dynamo Studio
  7. Install Google Chrome (For Flux.io etc)
  8. Install JDK 64 bit
  9. Install Bimserver:
  10. bimserver-1.4.0-FINAL-2015-11-04
  11. bimserverjar-1.5.55
  12. Install Adobe Flash Player
  13. Install Oculus software
  14. Install Vive software
  15. Install Irfanview
  16. Install Unity
  17. Install Enscape
  18. Install Wix https://wix.codeplex.com/releases/view/624906
  19. Install Q-Dir
Other errors and notes:Boot error fix:
  1. Received the winload.efi error
  2. Disabled UEFI boot
  3. Restart
  4. Enabled UEFI boot
  5. Restart
  6. Working again



XTU Update error:




C:\ProgramData\Intel\Intel Extreme Tuning Utility\Temp
Or



Intel Driver Update Utility Install
Useless, uninstall

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