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5.6. Silent Install of 5.x Enterprise Network Client

Applies to:
5.x client installers
(If installing a 6.x network client, please see Silent Install of 6.x Network Client.)

Question:
How can I script release 5.x @RISK, The DecisionTools Suite, or other 5.x versions of Palisade software for a silent or unattended install?

Solution:
Beginning with release 5.0, we use Microsoft's Windows Installer (.MSI format) via InstallShield wrapper (for the .EXE), and you should not have to script at all. Pertinent properties have been made public so you can pass them through the installer command line. Caution: Since environments tend to be different and testing cannot encompass all environments, we strongly encourage testing before any major roll out. Please see later in this article for two potential problems.

For The DecisionTools Suite 5.x, a silent install will install all components. We do not offer a command-line property to install only selected components.

To install a 5.x network version on an individual user's computer, make sure that the CLIENT.INI file is in the same folder as the installer, then execute this command:

(installer program name).exe /s /v"/qn"

It is not possible to pre-activate the individual user's computer.  To activate, use the NLicense utility as described in the network installer's Readme file.

Variation (passive install):

For any of the above commands, if you want a progress bar rather than a completely silent install, /qb instead of /qn will do that. If you make it /qb+ rather than /qn, you get a progress bar during install and a modal dialog at the end to announce that installation was successful.

Variation (no desktop icons):

The attended install has a checkbox for putting shortcuts on the desktop. To suppress those desktop shortcuts (equivalent to removing the check mark from the box), add the DTOPSHORTCUTS=0 parameter inside the quotes. For example, here's a specimen standalone install:

setup.exe /s /v"DTOPSHORTCUTS=0 /qr"

Problems?
See Problems in Silent Install.

last edited: 2013-01-03

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