I am trying to deploy Symantec 9.0 through a Remote Installation server. Cannot find .MSI file with answer files to make the install run unattended. already have .msi file given by Symantec this did not come with an answer file. Please help!
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AFAIK you can't deploy applications via RIS - it's only used setup the base operating system on a PC.

If you want to deploy applications which are in MSI format and you are already running W2k Active Directory (which you must be if you are using RIS) then you can use Group Policy to push out applications to machines or user accounts.

You may need to tailor the MSI to install or work correctly in your environment - this should be done using a transform (.MST) so that the base MSI isn't changed, but the customisations are done via the transform.

Good luck!
Rob.
Answered 08/31/2004 by: MSIPackager
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Look at this post

http://itninja.com/blog/view/autoexnt2

It deals with changing the security configuration (grou policy template files). But it has instructions on how to use the GUIRUNONCE section of the unattended answer file for RIS, so you should be able to specify the install of an app via that, all the info you need should be there.
Answered 08/31/2004 by: cdupuis
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I apologize, I am a newbie and I am not very good with terms..
I have a RIS setup so that the computers can be built by admins, in this RIS image it also installs the required apps we need on all our machines. right now it is installing symantec 761. I tried to redirect it to 9.0 but as i said before it is requiring the admins to complete the install. I need it to do everything on it's own. I have never used MSI editor before but I do have access to it. basically I do not know where to begin.

Thank you so much for your help.
Answered 08/31/2004 by: christie
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So just a silent install, then use the symantec Packager program that comes with the symanted 9.0, it should at least get you started on the right path. Then use the above directions to deploy it in the RIS install. Good Luck!
Answered 08/31/2004 by: cdupuis
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If its an MSI, use MSIEXEC command-lines to control the install. For instance "msiexec.exe /i "<path>\program name.msi" /Q REBOOT="ReallySuppress" will install most MSI packages silently (personally, I like using /QB- instead of /QB, so I can see the progress of the install). Here's Microsoft's page on available MSI commands: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/msi/setup/command_line_options.asp

Does that help? If not, can you explain what about the installation requires an administrator to intervene?
Answered 09/01/2004 by: OregonDave
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