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

Posted on 2011-02-22
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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?
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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
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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

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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
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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
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Could you tell what C:\"Program Files"\test\AeXNSC.exe is doing?  what is the C:\"Program Files"\test\   for?
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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.
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