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The IT Administrators Guide can be downloaded here: http://download.skype.com/share/business/guides/skype-it-administrators-guide.pdf

It contains such info as how to Disable File Trasfer (Prevent Viruses), Disable Automatic Updates (Prevents Helpdesk calls when Staff do not have Local Admin Rights)

You can also prevent extra Network Bandwidth usage by preventing the use of the UDP protocol and preventing the client from becoming a Supernode.

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This is for Skype 6.0 Business

In my case, i wanted the package to:

*Install silentlly
*Disable Skypes auto update check/Check for newer versions
*Remove the icon from the desktop
*Disable Skype from starting automaticlly after deployment/computer reboot
*Install for All Users

First, download the business version and save the SkypeSetup.msi file in a folder named Skype for example.

http://www.skype.com/intl/sv/business/download/ For Swedish OR
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/business/download/ for US version

Extract the .msi with 7-zip.


Create a .bat file named installSkype.bat within the Skype folder and paste the following:

msiexec.exe /i skypesetup.msi /qn STARTSKYPE=FALSE SKYPEREMOVAL=DEFAULT ALLUSERS=1 TRANSFORMS=:RemoveDesktopShortcut.mst
regedit.exe /S Skype.reg

Then create a .reg file named Skype.reg and paste the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Skype\Phone]
"DisableVersionCheck"=dword:00000001


Run installSkype.bat ( as Administrator )

Done!

More info/registry settings, for example disable file transfer etc. Check out Skypes administrators guide, as mentioned before:
https://support.skype.com/resources/sites/SKYPE/content/live/DOCUMENTS/0/DO5/en_US/skype-it-administrators-guide.pdf

-Dave Hope has a couple of customized .mst´s if you want to use them instead for some reason.

Go to http://davehope.co.uk/Blog/skype-transform-deploying-skype/ and download the desired .mst file to the Skype folder.
For example http://davehope.co.uk/Projects/MST-Skype51.mst


Then modify the .bat file, like this:

msiexec.exe /i skypesetup.msi /qn STARTSKYPE=FALSE SKYPEREMOVAL=DEFAULT ALLUSERS=1 TRANSFORMS=:MST-Skype51.mst
regedit.exe /S Skype.reg

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excellent documentation for unattended install with msi can be found here: http://community.skype.com/t5/Windows/Unattended-install/td-p/184628

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Virtualization

Edit: all credit goes to http://www.tmurgent.com/TmBlog/?p=419.

As Skype for Windows 7 uses the jumplist feature, which is not supported by App-V, one will get an "Unspecified error" when trying to exit the application through the option in the jumplist.

The solution is to run it in Vista compatibility mode (XP compatibility mode does not work, as it will fail with an error stating administrative permissions are needed).

One way of doing this is adding the following to your OSD file.

<SCRIPT TIMING="PRE" EVENT="LAUNCH" PROTECT="FALSE" WAIT="TRUE"><HREF>
REG.EXE ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers" /f
/v "q:\your_path\skype.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "VISTARTM" </HREF>
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Skype provides a MSI Installer in the Business section of their website. This installer is very easy to customize with a transform. My customizations were as follows: 1. Drop the Desktop shortcut from the Shortcuts table. 2. Drop the Phone -> SkypeRegistryCurrentUser entry from the FeatureComponents table. This prevents Skype from installing any registry entries to the HKCU hive, which will cause it to repair itself any time a new user runs it. Skype runs fine without it and will create the keys it needs. Doing this also has the added bonus of making Skype not start up automatically when a user logs in. The user can still configure Skype to do this on their own, however.
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Command Line
What i usually do is a Google search for Skype offline installer (usually the first link). For a silent install: skypesetupfull.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART For a progress bar: skypesetupfull.exe /SILENT /NORESTART
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Command Line
You can get the offline MSI package from : http://www.skype.com/intl/en/business/download/ Install command Line : msiexec.exe /i skypesetup.msi /qn STARTSKYPE=FALSE SKYPEREMOVAL=DEFAULT ALLUSERS=1
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