Trying to find accurate instructions for installing Lotus Notes 8.5.1 is turning out to be quite frustrating.

The install pdf references a tuner that is not available (or at least I can't find it and IBM states it doesn't exist and to use 7 which I can't find either). The instructions for 8.x don't seem to be correct for this version.

I have InstallShield and created a response mst but during that process, the msi creates an install.xml (in the users profile) file that is not included as part of the install files so it fails to complete the install when run from a server share. I can't figure out which property needs to be set to what to fix this.

I also see that the setup.exe supports a silent install but I don't know the options.

Either way, I don't need to add any user settings, just install Notes, install the Domino admin console and turn off the mail options during install.

If anyone has made sense of this convoluted IBM insanity, please pass on your knowledge because this is giving me a headache.

PS: Yes I did look on the pages on the appdeploy site but I couldn't find this specific scenario. I'll will happily write a KB once I gather the correct answers for this.
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I have InstallShield and created a response mst but during that process, the msi creates an install.xml (in the users profile) file that is not included as part of the install files so it fails to complete the install when run from a server share

Jeff,

any chance you could elaborate on this bit? I haven't had the 'pleasure' of packaging Lotus Notes, but my gut feeling tells me solving the issues with this install.xml file (seems to be the client install manifest file) might bring you closest to a solution...

Could be I'm hopelessly wrong in this, but this sounds challenging, and I like that. What I read as far as command lines go for Notes points towards nothing more than an embedded msi (/s /v command lines), so it should be possible to figure out :)

EDIT: I'm hooked now, damn you!! :D Anyway, have you read this?: http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf/0/1e7df169e5d95e1c8525793200808cd5?OpenDocument&ExpandSection=1.1%2C1.4#_Section1.1


PJ
Answered 01/20/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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Thanks for finding that. It looks like its the answer for the version I am using.

I found a properties that get created/populated when the transfom is created. They don't exist in the native MSI.
usrManifestLocation
XPD_USERHOME
XPD_USERNAME

I've found that if they are deleted, the install.xml that is created at the time the transform is created is not referenced.

For ALLUSERS=1 to be 100% true if you want this install to be for multiple users or possibly for use when using a deployment tool (eg: install runs as System), ApplicationUsers needs to be set to AllUsers.

The instructions for the Setup.ini appear to be what is required to pass parameters to the MSI. Then use setup.exe /s to start the install silently.

I'm still working through this and will need it to be tested by the Domino Admins, but it looks like this will be the answer.
Answered 01/20/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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If your looking for the InstallShield Tuner for Lotus Notes, its on the CD in the Apps directory. I don't have the CD so I foolishly attempted to follow the instructions to find it on the IBM website. What a waste of time....
Answered 01/20/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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Here is the compiled notes for the install. I'll create a package KB for it later.

The installer from IBM, notes_designer_admin_851_w32_CZ5S0EN.exe, has 2 options on initial launch.
1. Install and cleanup the install files after setup completes.
2. Install and leave the files to be used again.
The second option corrupts the files. Instead I started the install and then copied the files out of the temp directory in my profile.

I used these instructions as a guide.
http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf/0/1e7df169e5d95e1c8525793200808cd5?OpenDocument&ExpandSection=1.1%2C1.4#_Section1.1

I created a Record MST for the changes below and added other changes. I saved it and created Data2.cab and LotusNotes851.mst.

I found properties that get created/populated when the transfom is created. They reference the installing users profile and they don't exist in the native MSI.
usrManifestLocation
XPD_USERHOME
XPD_USERNAME

I've found that if they are deleted, the install.xml that is created at the time the transform is created is not referenced and prevents an error that it can't be found during install.

For ALLUSERS=1 to be 100% true if you want this install to be for multiple users or possibly for use when using a deployment tool (eg: install runs as System), ApplicationUsers needs to be set to AllUsers.

I changed the Setup.ini to add the following line.
CmdLine=TRANSFORMS=LotusNotes851.mst /liwear "%LOGFILEDIR%\%PACKAGE%_MSI.LOG" /qn

The silent install command is setup.exe /s.
Answered 01/24/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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Update:

While the above instructions are correct to complete a silent install, extracting the files from the downloaded install still appears to be an issue. I have a feeling the files are being copied to another directory other than the temp directory. Subsequently, once they are moved, the install will not successfully complete and the Windows Installer fails at the very end of the install.
Answered 01/24/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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