I've been able to succesfully automate a SQL2008 Express install. One issue I have is the setup.exe opens a dos console window during the silent installation. If this window is closed the install fails. Is there anyway to suppress this?
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Suppress what? The DOS box or the idiot user who closes a window, the purpose for which he has no understanding? For the latter, you may want to consider The Persuader, a short, stubby lump of wood fashioned specifically for User Education and available from my web site. For the former, you should consider using the bare MSIs with a transform applied to whichever is the one producing the DOS box (probably SQL_RUN.MSI) in which you have changed the way that the DOS program is called.
Answered 03/21/2011 by: VBScab
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Try this command , you need to create a configuration file

setup.exe /CONFIGURATIONFILE=ConfigurationFile.ini /QS /HIDECONSOLE /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms
Answered 03/21/2011 by: bheers
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Thank you for the responses. /HIDECONSOLE is what I was looking for.
Answered 03/21/2011 by: nlt_6444
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