Guys, more of a curiosity thing:

Apparently v4.0 indesign can not be run silently from the MSI, using the retail media, only from the volume license media. What causes this behaviour? Is there something missing from the MSI the excludes the silent install part or is it just a property etc that errors out? It works by using the setup.exe + INI file but this is not what "the company" requires, it also works using just the MSI and adding the correct information during the install or via command line properties, just not in silent mode.

When trying to run silently it just shows a dialog box reporting "error". I am waiting on hold with adobe to see if i can get the volume media but ill probably get an answer here first :)

EDIT:: Also can anyone see any REAL downside to running the setup.exe (with silent switches etc) through SMS over repackaging the WHOLE thing (if we cant get hold of the volume license media)????? I know SMS does some internal workings with the product number etc but i'm no SMS guru, does the setup.exe report the same details to SMS?
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It sounds like you need to analyze the vendor MSI more closely to figure out what is skipped/lost when you run the installation silently. There is probably something happening in the UI sequence* that you need to duplicate or otherwise accomodate in the InstallExecute sequence. Or maybe some properties important to the installation are getting set in the UI sequence and you need to set those properties in the Property table. InstallTailor/Tuner should be able to "capture" these property changes.
It's also possible that there's a nasty little custom action in the InstallExecute sequence that is checking to see how you're running the installer and is kicking you out if it doesn't like the way you're running it. You might just need to track it down and disable it.

* I apologize for using the wrong terminology; I don't have an MSI editor installed on my present workstation.

--Josh
Answered 04/01/2007 by: mazessj
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