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    msiexec and .exe files

    Hello

    I'm new to using WPKG and all the command files that go with it, does anybody know if the msiexec command works with .exe files or does it have to be .msi?

    I can post an example of what I've got if somebody really wants to help.

    Thank you in advance

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    Hope this helps. I believe it is just MSI files it interacts with.

    Msiexec (command-line options)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bankesy View Post
    Hello

    I'm new to using WPKG and all the command files that go with it, does anybody know if the msiexec command works with .exe files or does it have to be .msi?

    I can post an example of what I've got if somebody really wants to help.

    Thank you in advance
    WPKG can call an exe file without any issues, but msiexec is only for MSI files
    We deploy Sophos via WPKG and this is our install line from the XML
    <install cmd='\\servername\sophosupdate\CIDs\S000\SAVSCFXP\ setup.exe -updp \\SOPHOS\sophosupdate\CIDs\S000\SAVSCFXP -ouser userBlah -opwd passwordBlah -mgmt yes' />

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    Msi should follow the msi standard as shown above.

    However, the problem with exe is that they can be made in different ways, there are some standards though (eg Installshield, Wise, Inno, Nullsoft etc) and if the exe is produced via one of those methods then they *should* accept the standard switches for that method (experience shows though that this is not always the case!). Sometimes you just need to work out what your exe will accept.

    Here is a good guide: Unattended, A Windows deployment system: Unattended/Silent Installation Switches for Windows Apps
    Last edited by sparkeh; 21st February 2014 at 02:06 PM.

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