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VMware Infastrcture Client 2.5 commandline

06/02/2008 2663 views
Trying to run VMware Client from the commandline silently via the msi.
The source has come directly from their site and installs fine, except when run from the commandline the install fails.
Any suggestions on fixes.

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In these situations, you would typically run both installs with a verbose log and compare the two logs. My guess would be that there is a Custom Action in the UI sequence which doesn't get run in silent install (obviously, since no UI is presented). I'd be surprised to find such a thing in a VMWare MSI, though: they're normally very thorough.
Answered 06/03/2008 by: VBScab
Red Belt

I was installing the wrong exe from the source files provided:
VMware VI Client 2.5\vi - wrong exe
VMware VI Client 2.5\vpx - has the correct exe

Found this command line on the net that installs the Client:
start /wait %~dp0\VMware-viclient.exe /s /w /v"/qr WARNING_LEVEL=0 LICENSING=custom INSTALL_VICLIENT=\"\" REBOOT=SUPPRESS"

Answered 06/03/2008 by: Conapps
Senior Yellow Belt

The '/V' argument followed by those property/value pairs clearly indicates an MSI-based install so, if you wanted, you could still use the MSI which that EXE extracts.
Answered 06/04/2008 by: VBScab
Red Belt

its actually better practice to use the extracted msi unless you are also specifying a SOURCELIST property.

when using exe's that contain msi's they tend to extract to %temp% then install the MSI. The issue with this is the SOURCELIST gets set to %temp%. The last step during the installation is often to delete the MSI. This effectively breaks the installation for healing.
Answered 06/04/2008 by: jmcfadyen
5th Degree Black Belt

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