Hi Folks,
I am trying to package an application called the billing analysis tool. It has an setup.exe which installs the tool and then installs few required components such as, access runtime, and there are many other MSI's which it calls during installation; the sequence of which I am not able to determine. At last it installs SQL server Express 2005, and later runs few .MDB files.

Here I am trying to package this installation and offcourse it has to be a silent installation which I am unable to acheive. I am not even getting a install.log file for this installation.
PLEASE Do not suggest me to capture the installation [:)].
I talked with the vendor but with no luck.

I appreciate any valuable suggestions.

Thanks in advance..
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during the install, have a look in Documents and Settings\<your user>\Local Settings\Temp\. The setup.exe might extract all the files it uses during install there.
Answered 10/26/2009 by: pjgeutjens
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well I have tried that, I extracted the MSI's from the temp folder, but the problem is it runs few .MDB files and I am not able to get the exact sequence of this. If I install all these MSI seperately and the .MDB files(all the extracted files), then I get a error when I launch the schortcut which is probably something related to the connectivity to the database, While the installation is completely local.
Answered 10/26/2009 by: PackDep
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then I get a error when I launch the schortcut which is probably something related to the connectivity to the database, While the installation is completely local.

are you sure that, when you run the setup.exe, you're not changing any properties in the GUI that cause it to perform a different type of installation? First thing I'd do is look through the MSI's public properties and properties linked to the dialogs to see if changing some of them might result in a different type of install.

EDIT: downloaded the installer from UPS (it's that one, right?) and found this script in the sources called Script to attach billing_ups database to SQL 2005.sql
Could this be what gets executed on a database level?
Answered 10/26/2009 by: pjgeutjens
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have you looked at event viewer to see if you can see the order of the msi's installed
your setup.exe is microsoft . did you try running setup.exe /q
Answered 10/26/2009 by: cygan
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Don't forget to give "setup.exe /?" a shot as well!
Answered 10/26/2009 by: Jsaylor
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I tried but no lock yet... /Silent suppresses dialog boxes for SQL installation but the dialog boxes of BAT installation still appears.
Answered 10/29/2009 by: PackDep
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you may want to try a Gap Snapshot...that is

1) Try installing all these MSI separately
2) Take a pre-snapshot
3) Install with Setup.exe
4) Take a post-snapshot

Add the captured bit to one of the MSI's where applicable and see if you get the same error. My guess is that I think there shouldn't be a problem installing Access Runtime msi separately as did it before. So most probably there are missing bits installed by the exe for the application.

No harm trying. Good luck!
Answered 10/29/2009 by: PackageExpert
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No harm trying. Good luck!



I tried this too but couldnt find any substantial info.

Anyways the last thing which was left to me was to directly edit the .mst files which I found within the source folder. The setup.exe uses this mst to install all the pre-req and the tool itself. I deleted all the dialog boxes and passed all the required information through Properties.
Now I am installing the Setup.exe with /S command and its working fine except for one thing.
I am getting a final dialog box saying that the BAT is successfully installed and to complete click Finish. I am not able to suppress this dialog box since I am not able to find this dialog box in any of the MST's and my guess is this dialog box is probably there within the Setup.exe(wrapper).

Any idea how to suppress this dialog box? Any properties which upon included will suppress this dialog box???
Answered 10/30/2009 by: PackDep
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Try to create an .iss file by using setup.exe -r option. It will create a setup.iss file in the windows folder. Then u can try installing and uninstalling with the help of that file.

Just try this, if this helps.
Answered 10/30/2009 by: dnmech
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This exe is not built by using installshield so thts not gonna work....
Answered 10/30/2009 by: PackDep
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Hi PackDep,

I am also working on the same package UPS Tools 2.03 but having same issue ,no silent parameters for setup.exe nor MSI package works.

So could you please tell me how you have packages this applications.

Thanks
Qaiser
Answered 09/07/2010 by: qaimam
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nor MSI package works.That's not particularly descriptive. What doesn't work? Does the install complete but the application fails? Have you tried using basic trouble-shooting tools to determine WHY that is? If the install is failing, have you taken a verbose log to determine why?
Answered 09/07/2010 by: VBScab
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