I am trying to rollout a software package using sms.

I need to do an unattended installation and I want to have the progress bar displayed to the users so they can see that the install is progressing and won't carry on with their work during the install.

I can run the install manually from the command line and get this functionallity using the following command.
viewmail.msi /passive

When I run this command via sms, I get a Windows Installer error stating invalid parameter.

I can run the following command via sms as a test and it works fine.

It looks like the /passive switch is not working through sms...and that is what makes the install unattended with the progress bar.

Any ideas why this switch isn't working with sms...or if there is something else I can do to get around this problem.

Thanks for your help.
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What happens if you try the old Windows Installer 2.0 equivelant switch, which is


Failing that, doesn't SMS have its own switches for doing a silent install, per-machine install, etc (e.g i think it refers to per-machine installations as 'system' installs)

Answered 03/20/2006 by: ab2cv
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