Does anyone know how to install VMware Player 5 silently. Here is a list of customizations that I would like to perform.

  1. Suppress EULA on first run
  2. Install our License Key
  3. Disable Automatic updates

 

 

I have tried VMware-player-5.0.2-1031769.exe /s /v"SERIALNUMBER="XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX" /qn  but it didn't seem to install the key.

 

I extracted the MSI with ORCA and don't see a SERIALNUMBER Property....

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It looks like you can install silently by running the native installer with the /s option.

 

So, for example.

 

VMware-player-5.0.2-1031769.exe /s

 

In order to get the license installed I had to do a registry export from

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Player\License.Fusion.50.e3.201202 (I assume the last part might vary)

 

Then Import it to the machine you are deploying to.

 

So for example regedit /s License.reg

 

I also found that some global settings can be configured in

 

"%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\VMware\VMware Player\config.ini"

 

Again, just make the changes on one machine and copy it to the target machines during install.

 

I have still not found a way to disable EULA though. It’s not a big issue to leave it though.

 

 

 

Here is the script I am using to install (this has been tested)

 

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@echo off

 

 

 

@echo Installing VMWare Player Silently

 

@echo This will take a few minutes....

 

.\VMware-player-5.0.2-1031769.exe /s

 

 

 

@echo Installing License

 

regedit /s .\License.reg

 

 

 

@echo Configuring Global Settings

 

xcopy /q /y /z /i .\config.ini "%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\VMware\VMware Player" > Null

 

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Answered 06/03/2013 by: jaybird283
Senior Yellow Belt

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