Hello There. I have a file from a third party vendor called install.exe which was created using InstallAnywhere Self Extractor version 5.0.0.0. As I need to install this on multiple pcs, I want to use psexec to push this file across the network. However I can't seem to get it to work under silent mode.

Is there any program I can use to check what option to use for silent mode and what the command line variables are?

Any help would be apprciated. Thanks...
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Hi,

You can try to install this .exe file with /s option.
(/s option helps to install exe files silently)
Answered 03/06/2008 by: sushma.shah
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Hi Sushma

Thanks for your reply. I have tried this option and I can see that it starts the install as there is a directory in my temp folder called I1204875324. Within this folders is two folders called InstallerData and Windows.Ythen is seems to do nothing as the I1204875324 folder just sits there.

If I was to run this install.exe file in UI mode, I would have to input a default directory and a few other items. So what I am trying to find out is how I define the variables for a command line install. So the first step is to find out what the variables are. How do I do this?

I have tried running the install.exe file with a /r option to create an .iss file. However the stnadard window where I select the default directory and other options doesn't appear. So I never get an iss file.
Answered 03/06/2008 by: highanddry
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There's a relatively little-known web site called 'Google', into which you can type:

InstallAnywhere + "command line"

and it returns a heap of links to web sites. :) One of those is http://www.zerog.com/iamanual/usermanual_ia55/WebHelp/start.htm#variables/stanjles.htm

Click the 'Show' link and you'll get a menu. Choose 'Silent Mode' and browse away.
Answered 03/07/2008 by: VBScab
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Hi VBS

Ok I have managed to get a little further now but hit another stumbling block. It seems the exe file defaults to Swing mode. Actually it doesn't let me generate an answer file at all to use for silent mode.

Therefore I have tried answering all responses in the GUI format of swing mode until the final response hoping that a response file would exist some in the folder that is created under the user's temp directory but couldn't find anything there either.

Any further ideas to help?
Answered 03/16/2008 by: highanddry
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Sorry, no, I can't help any further. At the kind of sites I work at, *almost* everything which is non-MSI is captured: we don't get into silent install-file generation.
Answered 03/17/2008 by: VBScab
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