Software Deployment Question

Is it possible to daisy chain managed installs?

08/06/2015 1727 views
I need to deploy Skype for Business (here forward known as SFB). If I'm mistaken below, please correct me. Whatever works best for our environment is fine with. I'm not stuck on one method, but I do need it to deploy similar to managed installs so it will install on machines that don't have it without me redeploying.

It needs to either go all in as one install or have the first piece install and then the updates very soon after. I'm brain farting on how to merge this all together. 

If installing manually, I need to first install Lync 15.0.4569.1506 and then install 2 updates. 1) lync2013-kb2956174-fullfile-x86-glb.exe  2) lyncmso2013-mb2889923-fullfile-x86-glb.exe

How can I deploy the first Lync install and those 2 updates all as one package?

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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you can zip them up together with a batch file calling all 3 with start /wait in front of the commands.  Add that zip file to your whatever softwar titile shows after all 3 are installed and create a MI from that software calling the batch file as the command
Answered 08/06/2015 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Thank you
  • Any idea why this from a batch file, but succeeds from a cmd window?
    Also, how can I deploy multiple MSP files from the dame batch file?

    If I run it from cmd, no problem with the first line by itself. If I run it from a batch file, it just opens the help file for the setup.exe. I've tried with %comspec%, but same result.

    I'm trying to deploy this from a managed install. I've tested with and without start /wait and get the same result.

    Setup.exe \adminfile updates\Lync2013.msp

    REM MSIEXEC updates\lync-x-none-2956174.msp;ms-x-none.MSP
    • try Setup.exe /adminfile "updates\Lync2013.msp"
      • Same result from a batch file. Opens the help file.
        ...If it helps, I'm trying to install Lync 2013 with the updates that bring it up to Skype for Business.
      • the problem I saw was the slash in front of "adminfile" needed to be a forward slash to indicate the item is a switch.
      • are you using start /wait setup.exe... in your batch or just setup.exe...
      • Corrected the slash and the first line now runs from the batch file with "start /wait". Thank you for that...

        I was testing with and without "start /wait". I posted the line without it.
      • I have also seen sometimes using start /wait you need to move the double quotes.

        Start /wait "Setup.exe /adminfile updates\Lync2013.msp"

Community Chosen Answer

SMal's method is probably the most reliable, but there are two other options.

1. Use labels to deploy the updates once Lync is installed.
2. Use managed install order so that Lync is installed before the updates.  
Answered 08/07/2015 by: jknox
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Or you could call the installations from within a script, in that way you are also able to add logic ie if app A is not installed, run the installation and then install app B. Which may give you a little more control and visibility
Answered 08/07/2015 by: Hobbsy
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