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SMS and MSI file

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I modified several MSI files and I would like to distribute them to networked workstations through SMS.  Is there a SMS utility that pushes these files out using an unattended install?  If not is there a way I can modify my MSI files through WinInstall LE (free version provided by Windows 2000) to perform an unattended install which only shows a progress bar?
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by:mass2612
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You could do this via a GPO if you have AD - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314934.

You can also use SMS to distribute the software. Create a package that includes the MSI and a donothing file. Create a program with a vbscript or cmd file that does nothing. Create an advertisement to run the donothing program that is set to download program from distribution point. If you want to install it then you just need to create another program to install the package.
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by:oBdA
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Assuming that this is SMS 2003, you can just import an .msi file the same way you'd import an .sms or .pdf file, and distribute it the exact same way.
Btw, you can install any .msi unattended by using the /q command line option.
Windows Installer Command-Line Options
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/msi/setup/command_line_options.asp
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by:jahhan
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It is SMS 2003.  So if that is the case does SMS 2003 have an option to run this msi file as an unattended installation, or do I need to create a script to perform this function?
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No need to create a script, you can just import the msi. SMS knows how to silently install an .msi.
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by:jahhan
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Does SMS no how to create a silent install that only displays the progress bar?
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By default, it runs hidden.
If you require the progress bar, try it with an SMS script as wrapper. I'm not sure this will work, though, as the installation will not be started by the logged on user; you'll have to try that.
Call an external program: msiexec.exe
Arguments would be: /i <Path to the msi-file you want to install> /qb- /L <Path to the log file>
/qb- will display the basic user interface with no option to cancel.
For other options or setting specific log level, check the link above.
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