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    Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Anyone have this? We had V1.0 which took me a long time to sort due to there being a huge code for the software and then a code for every single module 20+!!!!!!!

    Then V2.0 lands on my doorstep.... . I browse to the CD and see its an MSI and I think fantastic!!!!! Unfortunately it's one fo those that has to be run from setup.exe !!!!!! I have tried the trick from appdeploy.com to make it forget running from the setup.exe but it doesnt work.
    I have literally tried every combination to get this to work but to no avail.
    I even shared the CD source but it bombs out after you stick the code in.
    Anyone sucessfully deployed this ? Im struggling as the supposrt number is American and the site knowledge base tells me nothing.

    Cheers

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Educational software, my favorite! Sorry mate, I've not played with that piece of software, but I can sympathise completely.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    I seem to remember v1 having an MSI too (which didn't work) and the joys I had trying to get the bilions of registration keys in...

    I gave up with it in the end and simply installed it on the one machine that they were ever going to use it on.

    I take it the usual snapshot package method doesn't work? If not, I would stick it in your image to be deployed to the machines.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    been there, done that, etc

    I resorted to including it in the base image having tried everything else.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    If you can make it silent using the SETUP.EXE command line options, or make an AUTOIT script to enter details and make it silent, you can deploy using a Windows Installer Wrapper Wizard. This lets you turn anything into a very crude MSI.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Thanks I may try a few of those suggestions later. Im just installing a trial copy of admin studio 6 that should convert it from as isscript install to a basic MSI one. If not I will try Auto it.

    Theres even a syntax file for my tool of choice which is text pad so

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Just thought Auto it wont work anyways as it wont let me do it manually accross the network I'm sure it will come in handy some day soon though.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Well admin studio did all sorts of extra things to repackage it but in the end I get the same error about not being able to find lesson_flat or something. Going to have another look at directory permissions.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    If it's the case that you need to install it from a CD...

    <HeathRobinson>
    1 - Convert the CD to an ISO image and copy to network
    2 - Roll out DaemonTools which allows access to ISO files as if they were real CD-ROMS
    3 - Create AUTOIT script which does the following
    3a - Map a DaemonTools drive to the ISO file on a server share (if this does not work, you could include the ISO image in the PC build - assuming U use RIS)
    3b - Initiate the installation
    3c - Intercept all dialogs and enter appropriate information
    4 - Wrap the AUTOIT script with WIWW as per previous post
    5 - Allocate the MSI with GP PDQ OK?
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    Just a thought...Have you talked to the vendor

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    The only number seems to be an american one!! . The MSI I built works as admin just not limited user. Im struggling to find where the files are it's moaning about. I have given up for now anyways as I have some php to get done before the results come out.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Have a look at PLATO Learning. In their support pages they have information about network deployments. They talk about adding a .DAT file to the MSI, presumably this file would have the license details in it...

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    All that information is for the v1.0 unfortunately. I have already looked. The V2.0 setup is different.

    I can now get it deployed it just wont work for restricted users. It comes up with an error which I have had before but thought it was due to me just running ti on a network drive from a short cut. I will be using filemon again later to try and find these illusive files.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    Im in touch with the UK tech support now. The UK site wouldnt come up the other day so I peumed only the .com existed!!!

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    I used MSS V1 which was a pain to get right. V2 installs to the server easiliy and we created a package which we ghost out to stations. The only problem we have is that it needs the Shockwave Extras which are on their installer but not on the one from www.macromedia.com/downloads.
    Plato Learning are in Maidenhead, Berkshire and really are quite helpful if you log a problem on their web forum.

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    Re: Multimedia Science School 11-16 V2.0

    V2? We only just got 1.1 last term or so!
    V1 wasnt so much trouble, 1 permission change to the folder and 1 to the registry subkey and all worked fine for students.
    1.1 works straight off a network share (yay!). Not bothered to add it to the workstation image yet.


    Do you guys tend to keep rebuilding ghost images with newer software, or send out a clean image and use the software rollout from group policy?

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