Need help with script

Posted on 2011-03-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

 I need assistance creating a script that will work with Windows 7 Pro x86 & x64 (or 2 different for each). I receive new laptops in the company I work for and I have to configure and add them to the domain and install standard applications. I can manually add them to the domain but the app installation process is tedious and time taking, if someone can please help me create a script to perform this task I would greatly appreciated.

for example...there are 3 different locations where the applications resides


this is an example, but in reality there are about 8 standard application on these servers to be installed per laptop.  

Thanks again!!
Question by:valdezf
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Expert Comment

ID: 35201922
Here is what we've used for years to join PCs to the domain:

strDomain = "mydomain.LAN"
strUser = "username_with_permission_to_add_PCs_to_domain"
strPassword = "password for user account specified in strUer"

Const WIN9X_UPGRADE = 16

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
strComputer = objNetwork.ComputerName

Set objComputer = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=Impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2:Win32_ComputerSystem.Name='" & strComputer & "'")

ReturnValue = objComputer.JoinDomainOrWorkGroup(strDomain, strPassword, strDomain & "\" & strUser, NULL, JOIN_DOMAIN + ACCT_CREATE)

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A reboot is required to complete the process.

As for installing your apps, just create a .BAT file that contains

If I may suggest an option that removes the need for any of this: use an image

Author Comment

ID: 35202706
Thanks for the fast response.

How do I write this .bat file? I don't know how to.

Expert Comment

ID: 35207765
This cannot be used as a .BAT file; save it as a .VBS file.

Run the file from the PC that needs to be joined to the domain.
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Author Comment

ID: 35208499
but you said that I need to create a .bat file to install the software. forget about adding the laptop to the domain, that's not what I need, I need to create a batch file that would install these applications. Can anyone help me with creating this batch file for windows 7??
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Expert Comment

ID: 35216438
What commands do you currently use to install your applications?

Take the commands you run and put them in a .bat or .cmd file and run it.

Are there any prompts to your application installs?

Author Comment

ID: 35218108
there are no prompts when installing these applications. I use a script that was created by my company and it works fine. The only thing I do to install these applications is click the script for that app. for example i would go to the shared drive and click a script, this will install that single application.

my request here is, how can I create 1 .bat file that can automate the installation of all these apps?


Author Comment

ID: 35221658
Can someone just point me to the right direction? any tutorials or instructions I can follow on how to create a .bat file for Windows 7?
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Expert Comment

ID: 35261602
-Right Click on your desktop
-Click on NEW then Text Document (this will creat the file: New Text Document.txt
-Rename "New Text Document.txt" to: whatever.vbs
-Copy/past the script from ragnarok89 save it's content
-To run it, double click on whatever.vbs

Disclaimer: I dont know if the discussed script will work

You could also google: How install a program with a GPO

There are a lot of other way to install a program on a network PC. Have fun!

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Expert Comment

ID: 35261698
And by the way, it's the same procedure to creat a .bat file. Just call it: whatever.bat

However, if you never created a batch file before, I expect that you also may have trouble managing a server/network. Would it be possible for you to hire an IT professionnal, or you'r stuck and must figure it out by you own?



Author Comment

ID: 35261984
thanks for the comment. I really don't need assistance with adding the laptops to a domain. I ONLY NEED HELP with creating a script (preferably .bat) to install some applications. I know about the extension part, I just don't know how to "write the script" for example


net use x:\\server\apps\ms office.exe"
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Expert Comment

ID: 35262113
Don't need net use.

Copy the attached code and try it in a .bat

Change the server names and such to the correct paths.

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Accepted Solution

ReneGe earned 500 total points
ID: 35262313
As an example:

This should silently install the program PXCViewer_x86.msi

-You use a domain controller named DC1
-That you want to install: PXCViewer_x86.msi
-Your logon script is a batch file

Copy "PXCViewer_x86.msi" in you NETLOGON folder

Add to your logon script:
msiexec  /q /i "\\dc1\NETLOGON\PXCViewer_x86.msi"


Author Comment

ID: 35262318
this doesn't work. I've already tried it without the net use command. It will not map to the shared drive unless I use the net use command. the problem is that I might need a pause or something in between because the .exe install doesnt work with just net use x:\\server1\applications\norton.exe


Author Comment

ID: 35262327
msiexec  /q /i "\\dc1\NETLOGON\PXCViewer_x86.msi" this looks promising. I will try it and post results. thanks!
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Expert Comment

ID: 35262351
You can't "net use" a file. But rather a shared folder, as of: net use x: "\\server1\applications"

Author Comment

ID: 35262374
yes. I use net use to first map to the shared. this are new laptops so I need to map the shared first than install the applications.

Author Comment

ID: 35262572
I found this while trying to use the msiexec. this should help me with the rest. Thanks guys!
Windows ® Installer. V 3.01.4001.5512 

msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]

Install Options
	</package | /i> <Product.msi>
		Installs or configures a product
	/a <Product.msi>
		Administrative install - Installs a product on the network
	/j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]
		Advertises a product - m to all users, u to current user
	</uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>
		Uninstalls the product
Display Options
		Quiet mode, no user interaction
		Unattended mode - progress bar only
		Sets user interface level
		n - No UI
		b - Basic UI
		r - Reduced UI
		f - Full UI (default)
		Help information
Restart Options
		Do not restart after the installation is complete
		Prompts the user for restart if necessary
		Always restart the computer after installation
Logging Options
	/l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] <LogFile>
		i - Status messages
		w - Nonfatal warnings
		e - All error messages
		a - Start up of actions
		r - Action-specific records
		u - User requests
		c - Initial UI parameters
		m - Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
		o - Out-of-disk-space messages
		p - Terminal properties
		v - Verbose output
		x - Extra debugging information
		+ - Append to existing log file
		! - Flush each line to the log
		* - Log all information, except for v and x options
	/log <LogFile>
		Equivalent of /l* <LogFile>
Update Options
	/update <Update1.msp>[;Update2.msp]
		Applies update(s)
	/uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>
		Remove update(s) for a product
Repair Options
	/f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>
		Repairs a product
		p - only if file is missing
		o - if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)
		e - if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed
		d - if file is missing or a different version is installed
		c - if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value
		a - forces all files to be reinstalled
		u - all required user-specific registry entries (default)
		m - all required computer-specific registry entries (default)
		s - all existing shortcuts (default)
		v - runs from source and recaches local package
Setting Public Properties

Consult the Windows ® Installer SDK for additional documentation on the
command line syntax.

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