I'm having real problems trying to get SPSS 14 activated through a SMS install. SPSS support have told me a way of running the SPSSActivator.exe separately by running it as a batch file with the authentication code but I only seem to be able to run that as a logged on priviliged user. What I need is a way of running the activator batch file via SMS to a PC that isn't logged on to. Alternatively run the batch file in the background when a user is logged on, the problem with that option for me is most of our users have no priviliges so it would be difficult to run this.
Any help with this would be really helpful. I'm very new to this so it might be something obvious.


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This probably will not help you in this instance but this has been fixed in SPSS 15.0 I had this same problem with 14.0 and ended up just registering the installs manually. If you decide to move to version 15.0 checkout the package knowledge for SPSS 15.0

You might check out the LOCKSELECTOR property in the MSI and set it to a higher value. If you look at it with Orca you will probably find it is set to a value of 4. Try changing it to 10.
Answered 12/12/2006 by: joedown
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I haven't gotten the process nailed down, but I believe you could do it like this using SMS

1. Install SPSS from the msi (including updates if you like)
2. Make sure users either have write permission on the directory or create a file called lservrc (no file extension) and grant permissions on that
3. Create a job (maybe batch file, VBScript etc) to run under the user's context that runs spssactivator with your authorisation code
Answered 08/15/2007 by: leegend
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