Saturday, April 14, 2012

Unattended software installation/deployment

(Updated 07 July 2012) How to deploy/install silently and unattended Firefox, Thunderbird, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java, BGInfo, VLC Player, IZarc, 7Zip, Silverlight, Synedra, Oracle 6i & K.I.S. and Quicktime.

Unattended software installation-deployment.pdf 

Let me know if you have something to add, if I missed something or if it is working well for you!

29 comments:

  1. Good book. However Flash books are useless. Make it a PDF instead. Hard and annoying to read.

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  2. Good point. I added a link to download the PDF.

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  3. Excellent Book. Great help for packaging some common software

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  4. Thank you for this great info!

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  5. Worked perfect for me ...Thanks !!!!

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  6. Very perfect book! Continue your great job!

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  7. Thank you, this should keep me from having to spend hours figuring out what Google terms I should even start out my searches with. Trying to learn software (there are endless amounts of software), then learning what to adjust and how not to break it. Then realize Flash (or whatever) is updated and try the whole process again.

    Did I mention I am doing this while working full time at one college while attending another.

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  8. @Anonymous: Yes, I really spent months, so the document should really help many. This process of deployment should be standarized, its increible how something so much needed its so difficult to achieve correctly.

    Regards.

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  9. Thanks, really helpful. I'm new to deploying software and was working on getting it to work via GPOs. With your explanations and use of PDQ Deploy it runs immediately and fast. I just made an installer for Paint.NET.

    I did encounter some problems, with the return error code and copying additional files to a folder (e.g. mms.cfg for Flash). The error code always returned error 255, but works OK if I change the variable to %errorlevel%. I haven't figured out why files are not copied, I think because of a permission issue (Win7 x64).

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  10. @Martin: in DPQ Deploy you select the .msi to be installed and then you have a checkbox "include entire directory", have you selected it? Otherwise it won't work.

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  11. @Martin: you are definitely doing something wrong in your batch script if you got error 255. Can you post the script with problems to take a look a it?

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  12. I found it! I made a typo in the "if exist" lines, and so the batch failed. If I REM'd these lines out, installation was successful. :)

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  13. Excellent book and great job Mr Bauer

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  14. Mr. Bauer
    Thanks for the .pdf

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  15. I would like to have a copy of your pdf Sir.
    If at all possible.

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    1. The link does not work for you?

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    2. Correct- link is dead...

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  16. Nice work to compile this in one document

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  17. Thanks, you saved me a lot of time.

    Thanks for share!!!

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  18. David,

    If a system has Firefox already installed on it, will your install keep the previous settings and bookmarks?
    Thank you for this very helpful document, also!

    Chad

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  19. I use SCCM to do most of the software pushes around here, but even just having the switches shown are extremely useful. Good job David, and thank you!

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  20. Nice PDF. Good work

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  21. Excellent work, thank you.

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  22. Link is dead :(

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  23. Link is disabled...

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