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Looking to do automatic deployments because of a windows 7 ugrade to over 4000 machines next year and can not seem to find the switches or commands to install the program without any touching at all. If there is a script out there it would be helpful because I know you have to copy certain files for the Windows 7 installation and modify registry values. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Are you asking about Windows 7 deployment or deployment of an application. Based on your tag selection maybe McKesson Claims Administrator? As written, there does not seem to be enough information to offer a helpful answer.
  • +1 to Bob's remarks. I just did a big speal and just saw the tag!
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In its basic form

 msiexec /i <yourSoftware.msi> /qn

Have a look here for more information.
http://unattended.sourceforge.net/installers.php

But in reality this is a paid professonal job. As a sys-admin, in my former life for my sins, I used to do the basic-ish stuff and could get by looking up the software in the below link - its really really good, will have about 90% of all the software you will be packaging.
http://www.itninja.com/software/browse?Popular=1

The problem comes when you get crap software and you need to package it, or you get your boss saying I want the package to do xy and z on install. At this point you need a hired gun (contractor) to help out.

In summary:
Give it a go yourself!
Be warned, the learning curve will be steap.
Check out the second link - a must for tips and tricks for <Blah> software.

Good luck!

 

Answered 08/06/2013 by: rileyz
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  • Oh yeah, tools.

    Get VMware Workstation, build your self a clean packaging machine so you can snap back and forth for testing.

    Tools:
    Adminstudio (comes with Installshield)
    InstEd!
    RegShot
    Windows Dev Kits - I forgot the name of the kit, but it has the windows installer help files and log readers etc.
    • On the tools front... there are a few freebees worth considering.. http://community.citrix.com/xencenter - mostly free VM Server

      http://www.epsilonsquared.com/ - InstallWatcher Pro Great for taking before and after snap to see difference in Registry, Files and INI's
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