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For DameWare utilities, I just use the standard .MSI commands to install, so: msiexec.exe /i "DNTU6x.msi" /qn /norestart

The big trick is to add the license information and I found this hidden away on the dameware site:

Silently deploying the Registration information:

We've had many customers say they were deploying our software via a MSI package within their environment, either via Group Policies or other some other third-party software (SMS, etc...) and wanted to "silently" deploy the registration information as well. These same customers also mentioned using a MST (Transform) file for the installation and also for deploying default settings as well as the registration information.

Basically, in order to deploy the Registration information, you can create a .REG file that contains the following Registry key and then make that as part of your installation process. Here is how it works:

Beginning back with version 4.1, we are now using Microsoft's security APIs (CryptoAPIs) to encrypt and store the registration information. The Registry keys below will instruct our software to extract the registration information from the Registry and then pass it to Microsoft's security API's, which basically registers the software without having to click on the Help / About menu. This basically allows an Administrator to "push out" a registry key, or even include it into a user's login script, without having to physically send the Registration information to every remote user.

Each time our software starts up, it will look to see if the "Reg Update" Registry key has been created and set to 1 (i.e. retrieve the registration information from the Registry). If so, then our software will next look for the appropriate Registry keys for the User, Company, and License information so it can populate the registration information into the software. After the software retrieves this information from the Registry and registration process is successful, it will next delete these specific Registry keys (only) so that you don't attempt to re-register the software every time you start up.

Also, if you are only deploying the Mini Remote Control program, then you only need the second key (i.e. DWRCC Settings), however, if you are deploying the NT Utilities program then it's recommended that you include all three keys.

The version 5.x Registry Keys are:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\DNTU\Settings]
"Reg Update"=dword:00000001
"Registered Name Update"="Your Registered User Name"
"Reg Number Update"="Your License Number"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\DNTU\DWRCC Settings]
"Reg Update"=dword:00000001
"Registered Name Update"="Your Registered User Name"
"Reg Number Update"="Your License Number"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\Exporter\Settings]
"Reg Update"=dword:00000001
"Registered Name Update"="Your Registered User Name"
"Reg Number Update"="Your License Number"


Here are the Registry keys for version 4.x of the software:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\DNTU]
"Reg Update"=dword:00000001
"User Name Update"=""
"Company Name Update" ="Your Company Name"
"Reg Number Update"="Your Registration Number"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\DNTU\DWRCC Settings]
"Reg Update"=dword:00000001
"User Name Update"=""
"Company Name Update" ="Your Company Name"
"Reg Number Update"="Your Registration Number"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\DNTU\DNTUE Settings]
"Reg Update"=dword:00000001
"User Name Update"=""
"Company Name Update" ="Your Company Name"
"Reg Number Update"="Your Registration Number"



Shadow Registry:

We've also had a few users report that when they ran the software in this type of environment, under a different user profiles (other than the Administrator that installed the software), the software still tried to point to a Database file under the Administrators profile. If this happens, the resolution is to delete the DameWare Development Registry key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development] from the Shadow Registry of the Citrix Server. Then when the user logs on to the Citrix Server and runs the software, it will automatically recreate the DameWare Development Registry key under their own logon profile, and not use the shared one from the Shadow Registry.
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If distributing the "Mini-Remote Control" agent instead of the "NT Utilities", you only need the middle registry key.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DameWare Development\NT Utilities\DNTU\DWRCC Settings]
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For Dameware EXE Files (other languages, like german) you can use /silent or /verysilent

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