Sorry this is a repost - I realized after posting in the distribution group that this one is more appropriate.

I have an .MSI package provided by a vendor that I need to push out via SMS to thousands of machines and would like to do so silently while suppressing the reboot. The /quiet switch works fine, however the /norestart switch is not working. I took a look at the .MSI package in Wise for Windows installer 4.0 and found the RebootYesNo Property and set this to no. I also added a REBOOT property and set it to ReallySuppress. After doing this if I run the .MSI with no switches it does not prompt me to reboot – which is a step in the right direction. However when I use the /quiet switch or even both the /quiet and /norestart it immediately reboots after the installation. The only other thing I could come up with is un-checking all of the dialogs – however I have my suspicion this is not good practice.

Anyone have any other ideas?

If it’s not painfully obvious I am super new to windows installer, wise, and packaging. I’m a network admin who got duped into taking over a large SMS 2003 environment and I guess this stuff comes with the territory.


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hi.. have you tried setting the property via command line..
msiexec /i file.msi /qb- Reboot=ReallySuppress
Answered 11/08/2005 by: rikx2
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I tried that and had the same results (reboot).

Thanks for the sugestion though.

Answered 11/08/2005 by: npeterson
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Try value as "RS" (short form of ReallySuppress) for the property REBOOT as some vendors use this value.
Some vendors use Porperty "RebootYesNo". See if this property is already there in the msi and check that value for this should be "No".

Answered 11/15/2005 by: Lillude
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Try to append a verbose log together with your silent command line and see if it will reboot.

I have encountered the same error with one of my packages but managed to suppress the reboot with this... I don't know if this will also be effective on your app. Let me know if it works.. Send me beers.. [:D]
Answered 11/15/2005 by: dj_xest
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