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    How to Deploy Exe Files

    Hi All,

    I've recently been playing with some print management software called Print Manager Plus which basically gives users of your choice a certain amount of money which they have to spend on prints, hopefully to cut down on wasted paper and toner etc.

    The problem I have is the client side software which I have to obviously deploy (preferably via Group policies), unfortunately all I have is an exe file (I've asked for a msi without luck).

    I'm guessing the best way is using a script (batch?) to deploy it but am not sure how to go about this because I don’t want the software to install every time I reboot the PC!

    Can anyone help or give any other advice around this???

    Thanks in Advance

    Rob

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    I would have thought there was a deployable solution given it's popularity. Have you tried the obvious setup /a etc ?
    Other than that if it will do a silent install you can use the "MSI installer Wrapper Wizard" and deploy it through group policy.

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    IIRC you can run it from a share.

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Yeh setup /a was the first thing I tried, I emailed them and asked for a solution so they sent me a silent install exe file.....not very helpful! ill have a look at MSI installer Wrapper Wizard

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    If you have a silent installer, you could always run it in a startup script after checking if the client if already installed.... something along the lines of a betch file containing

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    if not exist "c:\path to\client.exe" "\\server\path to\client installer.exe"

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Hi Rob I had the same issue here but I repackaged it using WinInstallLe and it works fine now.

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    ctbjs, that was exactly what i was going to say.

    Just repackage it using WinInstallLE and then deploy as usual.

    @Rob, if you need any help using this software give me a shout and i have a short user guide on how you can use it.

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    double post - anyone else getting alot for forum lag?

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Do you mean the EUIT? It runs fine from a share there's no need to deploy it.

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...highlight=euit

    I just have a shortcut to it in the startup folder of the users who need it. Don't forget it won't display a balance until they've printed for the first time.

    Last time I spoke to Software Shelf they said an .msi is in the offing however.

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Quote Originally Posted by leon
    anyone else getting alot for forum lag?
    I believe I have accidentally slashdotted us.

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    well this site deserves attention ;-)

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Hi All,

    Just to let you all know I've finally got around to creating a MSi using WinInstall and a Silent EXE PMP sent me, seems to work great!!

    Thanks for all the help!!

    Rob

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Quote Originally Posted by RobD
    Hi All,

    Just to let you all know I've finally got around to creating a MSi using WinInstall and a Silent EXE PMP sent me, seems to work great!!

    Thanks for all the help!!

    Rob
    Whats this silent Exe?

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    Its a exe that doesnt install silently, it pops up almost everytime a user logs in, we're thinking of ditching PMP!!

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    Re: How to Deploy Exe Files

    I use a free and excellent program called Purgos to install .exe and .msi files.

    From a list of your desktops, basically pick the computers you want to install the software on. You point to the folder that contains the .exe file on your admin machine, then enter the name of the file with a silent install switch. "setup.exe /s". Various brands of installers will use a different switch, but you can find the switches here: After that, Purgos connects to the remote machines, transfers all the installation files and installs them silently. I don't suppose every program .exe file will install silently. The ones by "installshield" are nice because you can manually install them on one machine starting at the command line with an "/r" switch that records your answers to the install questions to an answer file. you simply include the answer file in the folder that contains the .exe and when you remote install it, the exe installs silently using that file. Very nice.

    It's gives you feedback when it works, like "installation successful".
    Google "Purgos". It also does remote file transfers and remote control. it's one of those programs that installs the agent on the client automatically, simplifying things a bit for you.

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