Installing when can't repackage
I have the unpleasant task of having to try to install several heavy-weight and complex engineering packages (Algor, IES ROBOT) to a lab of PC's. Unfortunately, the software doesn't come as anything other than your typical 'setup.exe', and the spport people at the manufactures don't want to know when we ask for MSI's.
Repackaging has taken up a huge amount of my time, and has got me no-where with some of this software.
I can _automate_ the setup with AutoIT, and even push the .exe (and autoit script) into an MSI which executes this - but that didn't do anything when assigned to a PC until the administrator logged on - I guess it doesn't work because there's no GUI for the isntaller to work with until the administrator logs on.
Is there any way that anyone knows of automating a setup.exe install that has to be run as administrator?
I'd be happy to do it by:
* Having an assignable MSI which could then logon to a PC to run a scripted install, then logout
* Making a RIS image that could logon as Adminstrator during the Windows installation to install this software
* Automating a series of remote desktop sessions to do it
Any idea's? Anyone?
so that the conversation will remain readable.