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Check for Updates "Not Removable"

in Another Blog Post there were detailed instructions of how to remove the Auto Update options from menu so that a users could not run it. However in the latest version, it no longer works as explained.

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Vendor's goes dark on Unattended Uninstall instructions...

Try searching for any info on uninstalling Redgate SQL Toolbox online, and you will be hard pressed to find anything.

I was able to discover some info from digging thru the log files, and realized that the vendor was deleting their uninstaller file with all the other %temp% files needed to install. 

Once I found that I copied Redgate.Uninstaller.exe and the config file over to my SCCM source.

When you run it thou, there doesn't seem to be any commandline switches to make this run unattended.

Next, I needed to find a way to select all of the items in the list automatically.

I found that option by looking thru the vendors Install commands. VENDORS LINK

From there I was able to see that I might be able to pass along products "SQL*" to select them all. Which worked great.


Lastly, I needed to see if there were any switches that were embedded within the uninstaller.exe.

Using Microsoft's SysinternalsSuite procexp.exe I was able to look thru the strings included within. To pull this off, you need to have the uninstall.exe process running, then run PROCEXP.exe as an Admin. Then you can see all of the Strings. Otherwise its empty.


So, now we have a complete uninstall commandline that should work... Redgate.Uninstaller.exe products "SQL*" /quiet

Sure enough it does work, but this is as automated as I could get it... the progress bar remains on screen, and the user could technically cancel it.

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Multiple Conditions in WiseScript

In WiseScript there a couple of ways to get your Expression to test correctly.

You can either out Value in ( ) or not.. here are 2 examples

  1. VARIABLE01 = "NO"
  2. (VARIABLE01 <> NO)
  3. In some instance you might have to use both like above.
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How to use InstallShield's new Kill Process Custom Action

  1. First off, you will need "Installshield 2012 Spring" version or newer.
  2. Select New Kill Process
  3. If you select Immediate Executionthen add the following property to the Property Table
    1. ISTerminateProcesses
    2. Value is ProcessName or Process ID "acrobat.exe" or 1022
  4. If you select Deferred Execution then add the name of your CustomAction to the Property Table
  5. Here is the Property Table..
  6. Last step, add it to the Sequence. (remember, if your adding as Deferred System Context, then make sure it happens between InstallInitialize and InstallFinalize.
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Adding a Software Deployment Tip to ITNINJA

Has anyone else tried to add Software to the Deployment Tips Page?

It will seem a big confussing if you dont get all the steps right, so here are the steps I have to take... (if someone knows a faster way, please share)

  1. Browse to Share a Deployment Tip
  2. Click "Add Software" button
  3. Fill in Company, Title, Major & Minor version, then click "Add Tag" (this seems to be where it goes into the abyss but be patient)
  4. I've tried to go to Research, and do a Keyword search for the tag I just created (no luck)
  5. Then I tried to click on the letter for the software title, and even search the Companies tab (Companies Tab is not searchable BTW - Please fix this IT NINJA)
  6. So, this is the best way I have found to get to the tags you just created... right below the alphabet, there are a few options you can check, remove all checks and just have "That I Follow" checked, then click "Update List"

So this should show you all of the software Tags that you have added, as well as all of the Software that you have chosen to follow. Once you click on one of your Tags, and add a Tip, it should then show up in the list of Deployment Tips, now you can use the search option.

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