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Packet Tracer 5.3.3

02/23/2012 15310 views

Hi, I need to deploy silently the new Packet Tracer 5.3.3 to multiple computers. So I use PacketTracer533_setup_no_tutorials.exe /SILENT /MERGETASKS="!desktopicon" to launch the installation. It works great except for the window popup about some "Packet Tracer Skills Based Assessment (PTSBA)" that the user need to press the OK button. So I'm trying to find out if there's any parameter that I could add to my command line to skip this window popup?

Any help is appreciated!

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  • Since I am new to the community, I click on answer the question, and I;m not sure if the answer is proveded, so here we go again:
    Tested with MDT2012 Update 1 on WIn7 x64,100Mbit network,Core i7, 7200rpm hdd:
    REM Installing Packet Tracer 5.3.3
    start PacketTracer5.3.3.exe /verysilent /suppressmsgboxes
    REM Waiting for installation to complete
    ping localhost -n 120 >nul
    REM Killing "Packet Tracer Skills Based Assessment (PTSBA)" message:
    start taskkill /F /IM PacketTracer5.3.3.tmp

    If needed, adjust "-n" in seconds for your needs, or use "timeout" command.
    This can be used to deploy PacketTracer 6.0.1, but I'm not tested it yet:)

    Sorry for my English, but it's not native language :)


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I'm looking for the same answer.

Answered 11/01/2012 by: rvalle
Senior Yellow Belt

  • I'm looking for the same answer, too!
  • I tried this with no luck: /VERYSILENT /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /NORESTART /SP-

Anyone have any news on this issue? I'm having the same problem. Tried the cisco forums today but no luck yet.

Answered 03/19/2013 by: glelun
White Belt


Hi there! :) Here is my approach to PT5 deployment. I created a small bacth script for this:


REM Installing PT5

start PackerTracer5.3.3.exe /verysilent /suppressmsgboxes

REM Waiting the installation to complete:

ping localhost -n 120 >nul

REM Killing "Packet Tracer Skills Based Assessment (PTSBA)" message!

start taskkill /IM /F PacketTracer5.3.3.tmp


I use "ping localhost -n "desire time in seconds" to wait for the installation to complete, but You can use "timeout" or other. I've tested this on Win7 x64 with 100Mbit network and 7200rpm HDD and Core i7 and 120 seconds timeout is more that enough....but if You install PT5 on older machines, is better to increase this value. I use MDT2012 Update 1, and for now everything is working fine!:)

Hope this help!:)



P.S. Sorry for my English....it's not my native language :)

P.S.S The same can be use to deploy PT 6.0.1, but so far I was not able to test it :)

Answered 07/02/2013 by: fatlamer
White Belt

  • These steps work for version 6.01 too but the taskkill line is not working.. Tried this manually and also deployed from my KACE. Here is my bat file

    start CiscoPacketTracer6.exe /verysilent /suppressmsgboxes

    REM Waiting the installation to complete:

    ping localhost -n 180 >nul

    REM Killing "Packet Tracer Skills Based Assessment (PTSBA)" message!

    start taskkill /IM /F CiscoPacketTracer6.tmp

    When I tried the batch commands manually the TMP file was named just like the EXE I have.

    Not a huge deal as it can be closed once a person logs in but would like to make it clean as possible.

    EDIT: It seems like you have to switch the /IM and /F switches on the task kill

    It should be: taskkill /F /IM CiscoPacketTracer6.tmp
    • Hello :) Actually the installer creates a process with the same name of the original .exe....for example if you name it PTT611.exe, at the of the installation it creates PT611.tmp process, which must be "killed" with taskkill....long story short:
      REM Installing PT611
      start PT611.exe /verysilent /suppressmsgboxes
      REM Waiting the installation to complete:
      ping localhost -n 120 >nul
      REM Killing "Packet Tracer Skills Based Assessment (PTSBA)" message!
      start taskkill /IM /F PT611.tmp

I unpacked the exe using innounp since INNO setup was used to create the exe.  I then opened the .iss file that was unpacked in INNO setup compiler.  Then I added a single line to the [Setup] section, RestartIfNeededByRun=No, my [Setup] section looked like this before recompiling:

;InnoSetupVersion=5.5.0 (Unicode)

AppName=Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1 Student
AppVerName=Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1 Student
AppPublisher=Cisco Systems, Inc.
DefaultDirName={pf}\Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.1sv
DefaultGroupName=Cisco Packet Tracer Student

I then ran the install silently:
Cisco_Packet_Tracer-Student.exe /silent /log

This is 6.1, but it appears to be the exact same issue, a message pops up at the end of the installation preventing the exe from exiting properly even with the /silent switch.  This process solved that problem and installation completed without any messages showing in the log or on the screen.  If anyone can try it in an older version and verify it works that would be helpful.  Also it took about 30 minutes once I figured out what needed to be done to make it work.
Answered 11/13/2014 by: l85eagle
White Belt

  • Thanks for the information I85eagle! Your solution is, by far, the easiest.
  • This was very helpful!! Thank You!! I am using PDQ Deploy, and it would install, but get hung up, just like the original post. This has allowed me to remote deploy PT 6.1.1 Student Version flawlessly. I appropriate you answering this mystery for us! THANK YOU!
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