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Hey guys,

I have several software applications that I regularly have to run around and pop CDs/DVDs into client machines to install software (Office, Peachtree, Adobe).

Some of the software I copied on to a Server, but most I just do the CDs since I haven't given it much thought.

So here's my question. What is the best/most efficient way to set this up? Should we just copy all of the software to a server and share the files across the network? Should we rip ISO images and host them on virtual drives on a server?

What's the mainstream solution for this?

Thanks a ton!

EDIT: Getting even more in-depth.. is there any way to prefill fields in the install wizard? Like serial numbers, Organization, etc?
Edited by archangelabove - 8/18/11 at 10:56am
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We have a shared install drive here.
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I'm wondering if there is any advantage to hosting ISOs vs. copying install files to a folder on a server. I guess some applications needs the disk in the drive to install, so that's where ISOs come in handy.

I guess I need to get all of our commonly used software on the server into one spot. Make my life easier.
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I'm wondering if there is any advantage to hosting ISOs vs. copying install files to a folder on a server. I guess some applications needs the disk in the drive to install, so that's where ISOs come in handy.

I guess I need to get all of our commonly used software on the server into one spot. Make my life easier.
I've never encountered a program that needs the actual disk to install. As long as you copy all the files from the disk to a share, you should be set. There are ways to customize Microsoft office with the Office resource kit. That allows you to input the serial number and customize options in the office applications.

I setup a share at work with all the office files and the config files I created with the resource kit so it makes it really easy to install from anywhere on the network.

Most programs also include command line switches to enable silent or unattended installs. These will allow you install the program with no user interaction.
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I've never encountered a program that needs the actual disk to install. As long as you copy all the files from the disk to a share, you should be set. There are ways to customize Microsoft office with the Office resource kit. That allows you to input the serial number and customize options in the office applications.

I setup a share at work with all the office files and the config files I created with the resource kit so it makes it really easy to install from anywhere on the network.

Most programs also include command line switches to enable silent or unattended installs. These will allow you install the program with no user interaction.
I imagine finding out what the switches are and how to use them would be the result of a Google search.

Ideally, I'd like to just host the files on the internal netowkr, configure ahead of time, and use scripts to push it out. The scripting is the easy part. That I have in place. It's getting the configs setup to make user interaction unnecessary.
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I imagine finding out what the switches are and how to use them would be the result of a Google search.

Ideally, I'd like to just host the files on the internal netowkr, configure ahead of time, and use scripts to push it out. The scripting is the easy part. That I have in place. It's getting the configs setup to make user interaction unnecessary.
Most microsoft products use the /qn switch to make it completely silent. i.e. officesetupfiles\\setuppro.exe /qn

Most of the time if you run the exe or msi files with the /help switch it will tell you what switches are available. Or, like you said, just google it; that's how I learned.
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Most microsoft products use the /qn switch to make it completely silent. i.e. officesetupfiles\\setuppro.exe /qn

Most of the time if you run the exe or msi files with the /help switch it will tell you what switches are available. Or, like you said, just google it; that's how I learned.
The real question now is.. how do you put a switch on the execution of the file?

I vaguely remember being to do this on some files in the properties.. but I can't find it on my MS Office setup.exe

EDIT: Shortcut ^^
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The real question now is.. how do you put a switch on the execution of the file?

I vaguely remember being to do this on some files in the properties.. but I can't find it on my MS Office setup.exe

EDIT: Shortcut ^^
You can also run them from command line from the network share:

\\\\path\o\\files\\setup.exe /switch1 /switch2

You can even add that to a .bat file and run that.
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you can share the files using samba.
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