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    Blackboard Drive

    Is anyone here using Blackboard drive with their Blackboard deployments? If so, have you figured out a way to stop the installer from rebooting your PC when you run it quietly?

    The frustrating thing is, it's an MSI installer bundled into some proprietary wrapper. You can extract the MSI but if you run it directly using MSIEXEC and the /q or /qb switch, it tells you to go whistle so you're stuck with the stupid wrapper.

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    I assume you've tried the simple stuff like running the installer with /norestart ?

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    Was the MSI created with InstallShield? If so, you can add the ISSETUPDRIVEN=1 property to the MSIEXEC command or via an MST.

    www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO4204

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    I've tried all the obvious switches. The wrapper errors saying that they're not recognised. It's not an installshield installer, it seems to be Blackboard's own concoction so you can't pass MSI parameters to it like you can with an installshield installer. You can run the MSI directly and it will present its interactive interface but if you Try to run it quietly, msiexec throws an error saying that the MSI is corrupt or inaccessible.

    I don't understand why companies do this. MSIs work perfectly well, why bugger about with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    I've tried all the obvious switches.
    Including these?

    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    if you try to run it quietly, msiexec throws an error saying that the MSI is corrupt or inaccessible.
    Did you try /qn or /qb? According to IT Ninja, /qn should work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    why bugger about with them?


    www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/01/christ-i-hate-blackboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Including these?
    There is no norestart switch in there


    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Did you try /qn or /qb? According to IT Ninja, /qn should work.
    I tried /q and /qb. I'll try /qn but I suspect it'll do the same. I have a newer version of BB Drive than what that article is talking about.

    I suspect that how anyone who has the misfortune with working with it feels

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    Annnnd I finally try it again this afternoon and the ―ing MSI just works. With the /qb switch and all.

    I ―ing hate ―ing Blackboard.
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