I have an .MSI package provided by a vendor that I need to push out via SMS to thousands of machines and would like to do so silently while suppressing the reboot. The /quiet switch works fine, however the /norestart switch is not working. I took a look at the .MSI package in Wise for Windows installer 4.0 and found the RebootYesNo Property and set this to no. I also added a REBOOT property and set it to ReallySuppress. After doing this if I run the .MSI with no switches it does not prompt me to reboot – which is a step in the right direction. However when I use the /quiet switch or even both the /quiet and /norestart it immediately reboots after the installation. The only other thing I could come up with is un-checking all of the dialogs – however I have my suspicion this is not good practice.

Anyone have any other ideas?

If it’s not painfully obvious I am super new to windows installer, wise, and packaging. I’m a network admin who got duped into taking over a large SMS 2003 environment and I guess this stuff comes with the territory.


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I use WPS 5 for packaging. There's an option there called ADMINISTRATOR OPTIONS. There u choose NEVER REBOOT and also check the DO NOT DISPLAY REBOOT PROMPTS.

hope that helps.

Answered 11/08/2005 by: gizmolala
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