So were working on pushing a massive update for windows to all of our systems. The main issue were having now is that we do not want any pop ups to show up on the computers computer for everything that is being installed. We have about 20 different packages that are going out and need to be able to elimanate all status updates on the machines.
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so are these actual microsoft windows updates/patches/hotfixes or are they software packages you created? If so, what format are they in; MSI/EXE?OTHER?? What is your deployment mechanism; SMS/GPO/OTHER?
Answered 10/17/2008 by: kiptek
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Its a combination of both.
there are some msi some exe and some cmd
were using sms
Answered 10/17/2008 by: PhoenixCreation
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Most packages will install silently if they are relatively new. MSI's will generally use a /qn but you may need to create a transform for any custom setup parameters. Wise is a great tool for creating the transforms from the MSI packages.

Exe's are different for each vendor. If the vendor doesn't provide a means for silent installation you will need to repackage, once again I would use Wise package studio or something similar. Also, I would not try to bundle every application into one gigantic installation. Some people try to use Wise to capture all changes on their boxes and create one large 2GB package that installs everything. Stick with the vendor installs as much as possible.

Also, you can not use something like ScriptIt for SMS in case you were thinking about going that route. SMS does stuff behind the scenes usually and ScriptIt requires active windows.

Also, you can either chain the applications together if they need to run in a certain order or just advertise them to the machines and they will run 1 at a time.
Answered 10/20/2008 by: yarborg
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