I have been trying to get a scripted install working on a few platforms for sometime. I finally got fed up and basically made every app do a 'start /wait' to supposedly let them finish each on their own. I expect this will probably add at least 10 minutes to my install which is not idea but if it is reliable that is ok.

So I found the forum article

http://itninja.com/question/silent-uninstall-oracle-8-cilent1564&mpage=1&key=start%2Cwait𑞭

however I think this is a morph off of that. I have tried the call on a few but what I did is name all my app installers "App_W - xxxx" for ones I put a 'start /wait' in front. Then the driver installs I did a start /wait for all of those.

See below for the current order of things. I get the popup about another install running sometime around "Contivity VPN certificate" which is just a 'certutil' batch script and that is working so I know its not that. I suspect it is the 'bluetooth' installer but I can see bluetooth processes running in the background so it seems that installed as well.

Please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks!

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PS>.I'm taking out all the drivers to see if that helps..
Answered 03/10/2011 by: vtphilk
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You MUST do start /wait on all MSI installers. Msiexec (Windows Installer) will only allow one to run at a time.
Answered 03/10/2011 by: airwolf
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In this case it would be helpful to see the content of the tasks, rather than a screenshot of the order.
Answered 03/10/2011 by: cblake
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98% of the ones that are "APP_W" are something like this:

start /wait 7z920-x64.msi /qb
Answered 03/10/2011 by: vtphilk
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Welp..it is just painfull trying to get all these apps to install. NOw I'm having a problem where TrendMicro pops something up about communication error on "SOME" of the images. Not to mention post install of drivers like the latitude Broadcom Security suite is just not working..

This whole scripted install is for the birds.I might need to goto a image base image. What do most people do on K-Image, setup the PC as they like, sysprep it, then when I upload it can I use the PE unattended scripts for getting computer name and such?
Answered 03/10/2011 by: vtphilk
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SO I think i finally found out the magical sequence. I am going to deploy a few more before I post but I just had to move the installers around.
Answered 03/10/2011 by: vtphilk
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Scripted installations are MUCH better than System Images in 99% of cases, imo. They only reason I could see to going back to system images would be if I had legacy applications that there were no longer installers available for. The amount of flexibility and controllability you have with Scripted installs have completely sold me on them over the last 6 months.
Answered 03/16/2011 by: dyehardfan
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ORIGINAL: vtphilk

98% of the ones that are "APP_W" are something like this:

start /wait 7z920-x64.msi /qb



I would always do like this for silent installations:

start /wait msiexec.exe /i 7z920-x64.msi /qb-!

That would tell it to install it and no popups, either it fails or works out.

About the broadcom driver, then I would go look on broadcoms homepage to see what they are telling are the silent commands that should work if it's the correct driver to the PC model.

I also prefer scripted installs over images, because images needs updates every now and then and it's just a lot of work that can be avoided by doing scripted installations
Answered 03/21/2011 by: rmeyer
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We love scripted installs if they just would be reliable. Our site is using a RSA and remote form the primary kace. If we let say 10 installs start up of laptops local, the (RSA) kace server never goes much over 245mbps even though it is on a local 1gbps switch and ALSO many of the scripted installs will just be missing. IE> One time the cisco will not install. Then next the firefox, then next a pc client...just never know. So we have ended up having to audit 100% of the installs to check the apps and then manually install. When trying to deploy 400+ in a matter of days you can image this has been very tedious... KACE Support says, yea..scripted installs are not the best, use system images, however we can't get a system image that will do what we want (Prompt for computer name, change name to that, join domain, then install two apps that will not work right if installed via system image (AV etc..)

So for now we stuck with 15hr days and auditing :(. I will try adding the msiexec and also the /qb-!.
Answered 03/23/2011 by: vtphilk
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