After many tries and headaches, I managed to deploy SAS Add-In 6.1 using KACE via Distribution. Since SAS Add-In depends on a response file, the first thing is to create response file using the following commands
setup.exe -- ‐record ‐responsefile "C:\sdwresponse.properties"
In SAS decumentation does not mention to add -- after the .exe so be careful in my install took many days just to figure that out, so if the response file is not created on your test machine c:\ is because you need to add --
Once the sdreposnse file is created test it to make sure your custom configuration work such language and add in is added to excel or whatever you need. Once is working fine then make sure one key component is installed on your machines prior SAS deployment which is .NET framework 4.5.1. The documentation mentions to install .net 4.0 but in my case the installation failed, so I had to install .net 4.5.1 using distribution to avoid headaches with patching, every environment is different so I recommend to deploy .net 4.5.1 using KACE distribution with the following commands to avoid users calling help desk, I added norestart so computers don’t after installation of .net 4.5.1
setup.exe /q /norestart
Once .NET is installed then create KACE script to copy sdwreponse file to target machines c:\ I did a map command so it would download file from our NAS, you can modify as you need it, the goal is to copy sdwaresponse file. In my work place we are using SAS 4.3 Add-in, so after many tries and failures installing found out installation was failing on task 5. SAS/GRAPH ActiveX Control, after days of research found out what is causing the error here is the link on how to fix it http://support.sas.com/kb/52/486.html, on that same script I added another line to fix the graph error. Script just renames activexgraph_install.xml to active. On my environment once these 2 scripts are run on computers installation was successful
net use x: \\x.x.x.x\userdata\SAS
xcopy sdwresponse.properties c:\
REN "C:\Program Files\SAS\SharedFiles\Graph\V9\activexgraph_install.xml" active
Once that is taken care off, then you can move to deployment. On the documentation mentions to use the following commands
sas.exe /vesysilent -- -responsefile "c:\sdwresponse.properties" , but KACE freaks out with -- - and /verysilent commands and installation will fail. So again after many days of testing calling tech support and nothing, found out how to deploy it, not silently but at least SAS installs with no further problems. When I deploy SAS, users are going to get SAS install window and users would have to click on install button, after that user will see progress bar, but that is it. So go into your distribution and load sas.exe and refer to the picture
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