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I would like to install SQL Server Express as a prerequisite along with my application.

But I would like to silently install it using a configuration file.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239405.aspx

How can I make that work with InstallShield?
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(clarification) - in your case it will be not 2005 but 2008; then you right-click it in the middle column, and select "edit"; on the tab "application to run", specify the parameter describing your configuration file.
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Thanks. I knew about the command line installation. I just thought that it would be easier with the configuration file.

Thanks
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You can do it with configuration file this way - by specifying parameter

/ConfigurationFile=MyConfigurationFile.INI

and placing MyConfigurationFile.INI in the same directory as setup.exe (subject to verification if it will be found there).
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Actually, I tried that. But I put the single exe installer (i.e. SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe) instead. When I run the installer, it is looking for the configuration file on the extracted folder instead of the installation folder which is where the configuration file is located.
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Try [SOURCEDIR]MyConfigurationFile.INI (subject of experimentation, also whether or not to put the \ or it's already in the property).
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I will give that a try when I had spare time. I already got it working by supplying all parameters through command line. I will just leave it at that for now.

Thanks again.
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If/when you try, please post the result here, so it stays in the knowledge base. Will be useful for future visitors.
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