1123 – What is the admin.ini file in ActivInspire, and where is it located?
The admin.ini file for ActivInspire is for network administrators’ use. It should be set up by the specific network administrator to define where ActivInspire obtains certain information.
The admin.ini consists of a set of keys which override the default behaviour of ActivInspire.
To create an admin.ini file, you can either use the transform generator when selecting the Network Installation option during installation (Windows only), or you can create it manually. An admin.ini template is available to download here.
The keys used in the admin.ini to override the program behaviour are as follows.
Key 0: User’s profile path Sets the user’s profile path e.g. “W:\Users\John Smith\Activ Software\ActivInspire\My Resources\My Profiles”
Key 1: Profile to use (this key was called layout file name in ActivStudio/ActivPrimary) The profile file name to be used by the program. e.g. “John Smith Authoring.profile”
Key 2: Settings file name (disabled for ActivInspire) This option has been deprecated for ActivInspire as it is not used
Key 3: Shared Resources path Shared Resources can be saved to and opened from this path e.g. “S:\Share\ActivInspire Shared Resources”
Key 4: Personal Resources path Personal Resources can be saved to and opened from this path. e.g. “W:\Users\John Smith\Activ Software\ActivInspire\My Resources”
Key 8: Initial Shared Resources path (disabled for ActivInspire) This option has been deprecated for ActivInspire as it is not used
Key 9: Initial Personal Resources path (disabled for ActivInspire) This option has been deprecated for ActivInspire as it is not used
Key 10: Common Application Data path (disabled for ActivInspire) This option has been deprecated for ActivInspire as it is not used
Key 11: Disable online update Selecting this option will remove the application’s ability to check online for software updates (Software updates require admin rights and a live Internet connection)
Key 12: Path to user-specific application data This option is only active in ActivInspire version 1.5 or above and allows the user to set a location for ActivInspire’s application data to be accessed
Once the admin.ini has been created, please consult the relevant section below to find out where it should be stored.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Activ Software\Inspire
The admin.ini file on Mac must be located inside the Package Contents of the Inspire launch file in order for the stipulated locations to become active. Once you have created the admin.ini, right click and copy it.
Go to Applications, and then select Promethean and Activsoftware Inspire.
Right click on the Inspire application file and select Show Package Contents.
Browse to Contents then MacOS and paste the admin.ini file you copied earlier.
NB: The creation and use of the admin.ini should only be carried out by network administrators. If you are unsure if this is required for your particular setup, please contact your network administrator for advice in the first instance, or Promethean Technical Support.