How do I get started with silent program deployments?
Hello. I'm fairly new to the process of silent install of programs. We are testing out MDT at our company, and I'd like to install MS 2013 silently on a deployment. We have a few other programs that we'd like to install silently as well.
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Silent Install? It's the job of Application Packagers.
Each program may have silent parameters provided by the manufacturer and some may not. Packagers come into picture in this process to provide unattended install and other pre-configuration stuffs etc..
For office 2013 these links might help you -
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All pretty much covered there. Every app is different, there are numerous installers.
MSI was designed to be open and customisable so, silent installs (for simple MSI's) are quite easy. The idea is vendors can write nice MSIs for more complicated installs allowing you to use command line (or MST) info to modify the install and answer questions like 'do you have a serial number'.
I sometimes forget the basic thing to try (after you have spent a bit of time doing a brief search on the internet for a solution), but its funny how often running the installer with a /? will give you some helpful info (try dashes too, also --help).
For the more official side of things, don't be afraid to send an email to your suppliers asking for info regarding a silent install.
Good luck, I hope all your apps are easy, getting gradually more difficult, just so you don't get bored.