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Ancient Headache

07/22/2008 3274 views
Hello,
Trying to perform multiple remote installations of an old piece of software from 1996. It's your typical Setup.exe which spawns several user prompts before installing. I'm trying to find a way in which this can be installed remotely because there are no options for silent installs. Several attempts have been made to capture the install using Wise but they all end up failing miserably during testing. I've even tried to send the answers to the prompts using Scriptit which works interactively but fails when attempting to do it remotely. Looking for any means to wrap this thing for deployment.
Sorry to waste your time with this outdated garbage but I'm at a total loss. The software is called Intergraph Framme. The description of the setup.exe reads "MS-Setup"
Thanks,
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I did some more searching and discovered an associated .pdf file in one of the folders which states:
[Automatic Setup]
CommandLine=wbrun20.exe FRAMME.pcd /c settings.ini
CommandName=Automatic Setup
UserInputRequired=FALSE
SupportedPlatforms=Windows NT 3.1 (x86), Windows95

This would be great except I'm a bit stumped by wbrun20.exe. I can't get any hits on Google. The .exe is not included with the provided source files.
Answered 07/22/2008 by: doomrune
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Doomsrune
I work in a medical envirement and i have a lot of old lecacy programs here. Maybe i have a suggestion.
You can maybe use a 3th party snapshot utiltity like installwatch / incontrol (free to download)
Find out what the application is doing on a clean system then put manualy the files en registry keys in a new wise project and build up a msi from 0. Most time old installations are only files installed in the installation directory and some reg key's so most time it is a working strategy.
Answered 07/22/2008 by: Cybermage
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ORIGINAL: doomrune
Several attempts have been made to capture the install using Wise but they all end up failing miserably during testing.
What failed, the install or the application after it was instralled from the capture-produced MSI?

If it was the install, did you log it and see what part failed? If it was the app after installing, did you use any kind of monitor to see what was missing or what failed?

Capturing this sucker is the best option. Building the MSI from scratch is for masochists (no offence!)
Answered 07/23/2008 by: VBScab
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ORIGINAL: VBScab

ORIGINAL: doomrune
Several attempts have been made to capture the install using Wise but they all end up failing miserably during testing.
What failed, the install or the application after it was instralled from the capture-produced MSI?

If it was the install, did you log it and see what part failed? If it was the app after installing, did you use any kind of monitor to see what was missing or what failed?

Capturing this sucker is the best option. Building the MSI from scratch is for masochists (no offence!)



If you mean building from scratch using Orca, you're probably right. If he's got Wise, and can somehow get a list of all the files and their locations (doesn't sound like he can) building an MSI from scratch is a snap, and more stable than a setup capture.

Also, re the pdf file those are SMS files but very old format -- I don't think those are even used by default by SMS any more.
Answered 07/23/2008 by: aogilmor
9th Degree Black Belt

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Thanks for the feedback guys. After exhausting most of the options, I downloaded the old capture program, InstallRite, from the guys who made InstallWatch (free). So far, the capture generated by that program appears to be solid so I'm quite relieved. The caption for the software reads: "Install it right every time" and for this particular application, I'm going to agree =)
Answered 07/23/2008 by: doomrune
Yellow Belt

 
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