How to perform silent installations of Live Meeting add-ins

Summary

This article describes how to perform a silent installation, also known as an unattended installation, of Microsoft Office Live Meeting add-ins on different computers by using the InstallShield silent program. The InstallShield silent program from InstallShield Software Corporation contains built-in support for silent or unattended installations.

INTRODUCTION

During a typical installation, the user is prompted for information during the installation process. For example, users have to choose the type of installation that they want, or the folder where they want to install the program.

A silent installation does not require user input during the installation process. A response file that is named the Setup.iss file provides the input that is required during a silent installation. The response file contains the information that a user provides during a typical installation. You can create a response file by running the Setup program and having the InstallShield silent program record the response file that you want to use during silent installations.

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More Information

Set up your computer to use the InstallShield silent program

Before you perform silent installations of Microsoft Office Live Meeting add-ins, make sure that you meet the following conditions:
  • Remove the Live Meeting add-in if it was previously installed on the computer that you use to record a response file.
  • If you install the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Slide Uploader Add-in for Microsoft Internet Explorer, and you have the Web-integrated desktop component installed on your computer, you must log out and then log on to your computer before you use the Live Meeting Slide Uploader Add-in for Microsoft Explorer.
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Record a response file and perform a silent installation

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type %Systemroot%\Temp, and then click OK.
  2. Delete all the files in the TEMP folder.
  3. Quit all the other programs that are running on your computer except Microsoft Windows Explorer.
  4. Double-click the Setup.exe file.
  5. When you see the Welcome screen, switch to Windows Explorer, and then copy the newly created folder and files that are in the TEMP folder to the same location as the Setup.exe file.
  6. Switch to the Setup window, and then click Cancel.
  7. Click Exit Setup to cancel the Live-Meeting add-in installation.
  8. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.
  9. At the command prompt, switch to the folder where the Live Meeting add-in installer is located.
  10. To run the Live Meeting add-in installer in record mode and create a response file, type setup -r –f1drive:\setup.iss, and then press ENTER.

    Note The setup –r –f1drive:\setup.iss command runs the installer in record mode and creates a response file that is named the Setup.iss file in the location that you specify. For example, the setup –r –f1C:\setup.iss command creates the Setup.iss file under the root directory (C :\).
  11. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen, and then select the appropriate options.

    Note If you want to change an option, or if you make a mistake, cancel the installation and repeat steps 1 through 10.
  12. After you install the Live Meeting add-in and create a response file, copy the following files to the computer where you want to perform a silent or unattended installation:
    • The Setup.exe file and the folder and files that you copied in step 5.
    • The Setup.iss file from the location that you specified in step 9.
  13. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.
  14. At the command prompt, switch to the folder where the Live Meeting Add-in Installer is located.
  15. To perform a silent install of the Live Meeting add-in, type setup -s –f1drive:\setup.iss, and then press ENTER.

    Notes
    • The -s option instructs the Setup program to receive input from the response file that you recorded earlier.
    • In step 15, drive is the location of the Setup.iss response file that you created in step 10.
    • Except for the hard disk activity, this installation is silent. Dialog boxes and startup screens do not appear.
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Look for errors by using the Setup.log file

InstallShield writes the results of the silent installation in a text file that is named Setup.log that is created in the same folder as the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Add-in Installer. You can open this file in a text editor such as Notepad or WordPad. The log file contains a section named [Response File] that shows a result code for the silent setup process.

The following is the list of result code definitions:
  • 0
    Success.
  • -1
    General error.
  • -3
    Required data is not found in the Setup.iss file.
  • -4
    Insufficient memory is available.
  • -5
    File does not exist.
  • -6
    Cannot write to the response file.
  • -9
    Not a valid list type (string or number).
  • -10
    Data type is invalid.
  • -11
    Unknown error during the setup process.
  • -12
    Dialog boxes are out of order.
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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References

For more information about Live Meeting add-ins, visit the following Microsoft Web site:back to the top
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Article ID: 873250 - Last Review: 20 Jun 2014 - Revision: 1

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