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Silently Install Applications Via Script

Right now at my organization each time that an app needs to be installed we do so by visiting each PC and installing the app located on a file server.  I know that we can use Group Policy to push an app but I wanted to go beyond that.  What I want to do is create a .vbs or .wsf script to silently install the app which is on a file server.  What I need to know is what all changes are made during the install (registry changes, folder creation, etc) and then create a script to automate those changes.  The ideal situation would be to have an SMS server but at this moment I am unable to convince management that this is needed.

I know this can be done but I am not really sure where to begin.  I have only a basic knowledge of VB Scripting so creating the script from scratch could be interesting.  I was just hoping to be pointed in right direction.

Thank you,
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Dear Adam it would not be possible to do the installation throgh a scriping language as the registry entries for all softwares are different and cannbot be generalied under one script. Also writing a new script everytime a software needs to be installed does not seem feasible.
Adam82Author Commented:
Ok, so do you have any recommendations for easy mass app deployment with custom install options?  I have also looked at auto-it but I am not sure how to use it to make a silent install (without seeing any GUI).
Hi Adam

Please see my post http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/System/Windows__Programming/MFC/Q_23710479.html#a22449021

Overall almost every package has silent switches, you just need to determine the switches for you particular application for example, msi are simply /qn, Wise compiled scripts are generally /s, InnoSetup Applications /verysilent.  Recommend bookmarking http://www.appdeploy.com as well, this site has a ton of information on distributing applications and what there switches are.

Hope that helps.

Track the changes with a freeware tool made just for this purpose: wininstall LE, http://www.scalable.com/WinInstall.aspx
It produces msi packages.
Adam82Author Commented:
@matrixnz and @McKnife

Really cool guys that winstall is a very robust app that I think will handle everything that I needed.

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