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5.1. Silent Install of 5.x Concurrent Network Client

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

Beginning with release 5.0, we use Microsoft's Windows Installer (.MSI format) with an InstallShield wrapper for the .EXE, and you should not have to script at all. Pertinent properties have been made public so that 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, a silent install will install all components. We do not offer a command-line property to install only selected components.

Concurrent network version silent install for client:
To install any version 5.x concurrent network version on a client computer, use this command, which must be all on one line:

(installer program name).exe /s
/v"SERIAL=(your serial number)
COMPANYNAME=\"(your company name)\"
ACTIVATIONID=(your activation ID)
SERVERNAME=(portnumber)@(your server name) /qn"

You should copy and paste the port number (if specified) and server name from the CLIENT.INI file; just remember to prefix quotes with a backslash \ as shown above in the COMPANYNAME property. Don't type the parentheses ( ) in the command line.


setup.exe /s /v"SERIAL=5999999 COMPANYNAME=\"Palisade Corp.\" ACTIVATIONID=40-5999999-AB12XY-P17 SERVERNAME=27002@MGS14 /qn"

Alternatively, if you have the CLIENT.INI file in the same location as the installer, you can use this simplified command form and the installer will read the parameter values from the CLIENT.INI file:

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

Variation (passive install):
For either 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 install:

setup.exe /s /v"DTOPSHORTCUTS=0 SERIAL=5999999 COMPANYNAME=\"Palisade Corp.\" ACTIVATIONID=40-5999999-AB12XY-P17 SERVERNAME=27002@MGS14 /qn"

See Problems in Silent Install.

last edited: 2013-01-03

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