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Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 2 / 5 (Somewhat Easy) based on 3 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
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Deployment Guide

The Minitab Customization Tool is a Graphical User interface that helps you to create a configuration file to modify your Minitab installation when you deploy. Use the instructions below to create a custom installation.

Note: Type setup.exe /help at the Command Prompt to access Setup Help at any time.

1         Copy the installation files to a network location.

2         Open the Command Prompt and navigate to the Minitab setup files.

3         Type Setup.exe /admin to access the Minitab Customization Tool.

4         Set the options for deployment.

5         Click Save Configuration to save the configuration file to a network location. You must save the config.xml file next to the Setup.exe and other installation files or specify a config.xml file on the command line using the syntax /config "path" (for example, setup.exe /config "\\ServerName\PathTo\config.xml").

Note: If you did not copy the installation files to a network location in step 1, you can check Copy Installation Files to save both the installation files and the configuration file to the same network location.

6         Click Save.

7         Use the deployment method of your choice to deploy Minitab:

a)      If you use SMS, Altiris, Tivoli or any other Enterprise Management Tool for deployment, use Setup.exe.

b)      If you use Active Directory/Group Policy, read the following important information. There are two methods for deploying via Active Directory/Group Policy: 

                                 i.            Use a Startup Script (Recommended)

·         Create a configuration file using the Minitab Customization Tool.

·         Ensure that the config.xml file is next to the Setup.exe.

·         Call Setup.exe within a Startup Script in Active Directory.

                               ii.            Use Group Policy Software Deployment (assigment only; updates not supported)

·         Create a configuration file using the Minitab Customization Tool.

·         Ensure that the config.xml file is next to the Setup.exe.

·         Assign the Core.msi to the GPO (Group Policy Object). You can find this .msi in the administrative package that you created under the Core folder (Core/Core.msi).

Note: If you silently deploy Minitab through Group Policy, setup.exe continues to run in the background even after the user logs on and until the installation is complete.

 

If you use Organizational Defaults to set the default Minitab user profile, you must save the orgdefs.reg file next to the language pack MSI for each language you install. For more information on Organizational Defaults and its applications, please see the Minitab Installation Guide.

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Vendor Provided Command Line (answer file driven)
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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Or you can just run setup.exe /admin
Rip out the 3 main .msi's which are as follows...( installed in this order to )
1. core.msi
2. language.msi
3. licenses.msi

Just add your standards - remove shortcuts etc etc
and pass your property for your server license file to licenses.msi via "MINITAB_LICENSE_FILE=@[yourlicenseserver]"

This is just an alternative to using the config.xml above....just saying :)
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
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