Correctly setting up Xrev Transmit in a multi-user environment

Setting up Xrev Transmit so that multiple users share the same settings and Transmittal history is very simple.  Below outlines the recommended steps, read on to see the different ways to achieve this:

  1. Manually install Xrev Transmit on one machine first (if you haven't already)
  2. Setup your Settings for Xrev Transmit (you can do this after you've shared your settings as well) - EG: All your Format Types, Naming Rules, General Settings, Transmittal Template etc.
  3. Copy the XrevTransmit.sdf (database) from your local machine to a network share where all users in the company have full Read/Write permissions to.

  4. Install the software on all the other machines and update their config file to point to the XrevTransmit.sdf file you just placed on your Network share.  You can choose to do this manually or as part of the installation process as outlined below.

Automating Installation

Xrev Transmit may be downloaded as a Windows Installer package (.msi), or as a Full Installer (.exe) setup application which includes additional components.  See the Getting started section for more information.

Each of these installers can be automated using command line arguments.

Windows Installer package (.msi)

The Windows Installer package (.msi) can be executed with msiexec and exposes the following public properties which can be set on the command line:

DATAFILEPATHConfigures Xrev Transmit to use the specified database file
SERIALActivates the license for the specified Serial Number during installation
LICENSEActivates the specified License Code during installation
SHOWPRIVILEGEDCOMMANDSSpecifies whether to show or hide privileged commands in Xrev Transmit

Example: Specifying the DATAFILEPATH

msiexec /i XrevTransmitSetup_3.0.0_x64.msi /q DATAFILEPATH="\\SERVER\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.sdf"

Example: Activating a license with a Serial Number during installation

msiexec /i XrevTransmitSetup_3.0.0_x64.msi /q SERIAL=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-X

Example: Disabling privileged commands during installation

msiexec /i XrevTransmitSetup_3.0.0_x64.msi /q SHOWPRIVILEGEDCOMMANDS=0

Example: Generating an installation log file

msiexec /i XrevTransmitSetup_3.0.0_x64.msi /q /log Install.log

Full Installer (.exe)

Use the /CompleteCommandArgs option to pass property values to the Windows Installer packages.  This option must be followed by a list of arguments enclosed in quotes.  If any of these arguments require quotes then those must be escaped using another set of quotes.

Example:  The following command will install Xrev Transmit, configure it to use the database located at \\SERVER\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.sdf and disable privileged commands:

XrevTransmitSetup_3.0.0.exe /q /CompleteCommandArgs "DATAFILEPATH=""\\SERVER\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.sdf"" SHOWPRIVILEGEDCOMMANDS=0"

Sharing your settings manually

All Xrev Transmit Settings are stored in the XrevTransmit.sdf database file.  By default this file is installed in the following location:

C:\ProgramData\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.sdf

To share your settings:

  1. Close down all instances of Autodesk Revit,
  2. Navigate to this file and copy it to a network location that all computers can access and have full read/write permissions to access.

  3. Navigate to: C:\Program Files\Xrev Transmit
  4. Copy the XrevTransmit.exe.config file to the same network location or anywhere you have full privileges to edit it (it requires administrator privileges to edit it in its current location).

  5. Open this file by double clicking on it or simply open it in Notepad or similar text editor (we recommend Notepad++).
  6. Find the DataFilePath setting (DataFilePath="C:\ProgramData\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.sdf")
  7. Replace the bit in between the quotation marks with the new network location where you copied the database to.
  8. Save and close the file.
  9. Copy this config file back to C:\Program Files\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.exe.config and overwrite the original.

  10. For all additional installs, before starting Revit or Xrev, just update the config file on each workstation (Repeat Steps 4-9).

Quickly Copy Settings to Multiple Computers

You can very easily create a batch file that copies this file for you, to save time navigating around the folders.  This way it should only take a few seconds to update each workstation that Xrev Transmit is installed on.

  1. To do this create a new text file and change the file extension from .txt to .bat,
  2. Right Click and Edit the batch file,
  3. Add the following strings, but substitute the first part in quotation marks with your actual file location.

    xcopy /y "\\SERVER\Xrev Transmit\XrevTransmit.exe.config" "C:\Program Files\Xrev Transmit\"
  4. Save the file.
  5. You will still need Administrator privileges to run this batch file though.
  6. Run the batch file on each machine by double clicking it.