We would like to get more insight into what is going on during the preinstallation and postinstallation steps for deployments. Other than DotNet 1.1, all of the installations are totally invisible, and it would be nice to be able to glance at the console and see where things were at.

I'm looking for something that could throw up some sort of non-blocking messagebox or bubble for each task. Any ideas?

David
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This all depends on the application you're trying to install. MSI-based installers use the flag "/qb" for a quiet installation with basic UI, essentially a progress bar window. Replace "/qn" with "/qb" on any MSI installer to get this basic UI. Other installers have different flags, many of which can be found just by searching through the AppDeploy KB and forums.
Answered 08/28/2009 by: sdickenson
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I guess that is the point. I am looking for something that does NOT depend on the application being installed.
Answered 08/28/2009 by: anyoneis
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We use AutoIt to do GUI progress bars (and almost our entire post installation).
http://www.autoitscript.com/
Answered 08/31/2009 by: serrinca
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I can vouch for AUTOIT also, great tool for general purpose scripting. I wrap a lot of my installers up in it just I can track more about the install, read log files when the install is done, check that processes/services started. Autoit sciprts can compile to executeables, then you can tell that exe to display tray tips. Very Handy.
Answered 09/10/2009 by: lindsamw
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Thanks both of you for the info on AutoIT. I'll take a look at it!

David
Answered 09/10/2009 by: anyoneis
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