Solved

Unable to get an exe file to run from the vmware esxi 4.1 custom specs

Posted on 2011-02-22
6
611 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a 2008 template setup in a ESXi 4.1 enviorment to use a custom spec. In this custom spec I'm am try to run an excutable:
 
AexNSC.exe -s -a ns="altiris7.global.companyname.com" nsweb="https://altiris7.global.companyname.com/altiris"  -nostartmenu  /s
 
Now if I run this manual in the vm it runs fine, but I just cannot get it to be run from the custom spec. I tried putting it in a .bat file and calling that and still the CS won't run it. I have been able to run other exacutables from the CS just fine.
 
I think it has something to do with teh EXE using the syntaxs.
 
any thoughts?
0
Comment
Question by:rdefino
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 34954640
Please check (and post if you don't see anything) the customize-guest log file and see if any error is generated. By default I think this goes in the system temp folder (Usually C:\windows\temp)

Good Luck
0
 
LVL 28

Accepted Solution

by:
bgoering earned 250 total points
ID: 34954685
You could also try to run it from a powershell script - create a ps1 file.

$cmdagent = { C:\"Program Files"\test\AeXNSC.exe /install ns=server.test.net nsweb=http://webtest/altiris/ NOSTARTMENU NOTRAYICON /NOADDREMOVE /s }
Invoke-Command $cmdagent

Only quote the "Program Files" don't quote the nsweb argument

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/Powershell/Q_26539262.html

0
 

Author Comment

by:rdefino
ID: 34954878
Now to run this command, do I just copy-paste in a dos prompt. I never used the power shell.

also, I still cannot locate the customization logs.

thanks
0
NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 34955613
You create it in a file with a .ps1 extension -- then from customization enter command as

c:\path\to\command.ps1

Alternatively you can run from batch file - ps1 filetype should be associated with powershell
0
 

Author Comment

by:rdefino
ID: 34955851
Could you tell what C:\"Program Files"\test\AeXNSC.exe is doing?  what is the C:\"Program Files"\test\   for?
0
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 34955942
that would just be replaced with the path to your copy of the exe - all parameters should be replaced with what you want. Point is only the part of the path with spaces should be quoted.
0

Featured Post

Instantly Create Instructional Tutorials

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees adopt to new software or processes instantly. Boost knowledge retention and employee engagement step-by-step with one easy solution.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 6.5 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell.
When rebooting a vCenters 6.0 and try to connect using vSphere Client we get this issue "Invalid URL: The hostname could not parsed." When we get this error we need to do some changes in the vCenter advanced settings to fix the issue.
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently change…
To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question