Software Distribution

Hello all,

I have a question as far as software distribution is concerned. 

Currently, if I have a 'working' install, it wont install, the only time the KACE will show me anything on the computer being logged in is if the install is incorrect and it shows me a bad path.

My attempt:
1) Add in software 'Software Name' + a .bat to the network install.
2) Inside software Distribution.....
    - Make a new one.
    - Name: Software Name install
    - Software: one I previously added
    - The File: 
        net use x : \\path\to\my\share /user:user password /y
        msiexec.exe /i "x:\path\to\the\msi.msi /qb OTHERFLAGS
        net use x: /d /y
    - Override Default Install 
    - Don't prepend msiexec.exe

Then.. I choose the devices and a proper deployment window. If I restart my test machine, nothing works. Even if I go and do this with an msi instead of a bat, not working.

Anyone have any advice with this? Previous advice given here has been extremely useful, so thank you in advance!

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Posted by: nshah 4 years ago
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So a little hard to follow:

Here is the process

1. Go to Inventory > Software and find the title of the software you want to install
2. Open title and select the OS you want to install it on
3. Upload your batch file that you are going to use to install the application
4. Go to Distribution and do a Choose Action > New
5. Name Distro
6. Select Execute Anytime from the drop down
7. Select Override Default Installation and enter just the name of the batch file you uploaded and select do not pre-pend msiexec.exe
8. Then select your target system
9. For testing, enable the Pre install message and post install so you can see when the distribution triggers
10. Save and force your target machine to check in

If those are the steps you did then check the batch file you wrote by double clicking on it and see if it runs. 

  • So I did everything mentioned and after a force inventory / check-in, the system still did not start/do anything.

    In the new override I have start myFile.bat

    If I type this into cmd in the Desktop, the install starts successfully.

    Thanks. - nolab 4 years ago
    • Scratch this previous message.

      For those of you who may find this thread and looking for an answer:

      Follow the steps of nshah above for a network based install of software (through a batch file).

      When you get to the Override Commandline just put the name of it so myFile.bat.

      Should work from there! - nolab 4 years ago
  • Very in interesting. Didn't know you could do a managed install from a network share. Thought it could only be done through a script.
    Good to know. - akmagnum 4 years ago
    • If you would like, I can post a shell to the script that you can just fill in, it's quite simple, but may be useful to post. - nolab 4 years ago
      • And scratch that again, I put it out in my first response. - nolab 4 years ago
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