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Installing the Wise Package Studio 8 Client silently through Altiris DS

Created: 22 Feb 2010 • Updated: 24 Aug 2010 | 2 comments

Hey guys,

Title says it all really.

I've read the docco on installing the client silently and also about 50 different forum posts and guides and I'm still having one major issue - I can seem to push it out through DS correctly.

The script is as follows:

REM Install Wise Package Studio Client (Network)
C:\windows\system32\msiexec.exe /i "\\[SERVER]\[SHARE]\wps_8_00.msi" SERIALS="XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX" MODE="Client" CLIENT="Network" SHAREPOINT="\\[SERVER]\[SHARE]\" WPSDIR="\\[SERVER]\[SHARE]\" /qn

Now, when I push this out to a PC using DS (6.9) it works. The only problem is this - we use a special Altiris admin account to install software on PCs (as not everyone has administrative privilages).
So when this above script is run, it actually installs the start menu shortcuts under the special Altiris account on the PC - not for the user that is logged on.

OK. That makes sense I guess. So I figured I will use the ALLUSERS=1 flag to get it to work for everyone - no dice. Still only installs the special Altiris account.

I read somewhere that in the EULA for Wise packages, it can only be done on a user by user basis? What happens when that user does not have the credentials to install the application?

So I guess the question is, how can you push this application out through DS and have it install (place the shortcuts in the menu) for a non administrative user? 

We can't tell it to install using the local system account (default), or in a console user session - you will get the '1063 error' during script execution. It only works under a specified administrative account.

Is there any way to get this to work?


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Rhys Paterson's picture

.. you can't just then copy the start menu items to another user on the PC either.

WPS will ask you to set up the software repository when you connect and then fail with the 'database setup cannot locate a licensed product' error.

I'm all our of ideas!

EdT's picture

The licensing model for Wise tools requires that the license key is installed into the profile of the user that is going to run the program, so deployment via DS is frankly a non starter in the way you are trying to do it.
Since the WPS client does not work correctly for a non-admin user anyway, what is stopping you just running a batch file from the server source of WPS when the admin packaging user has logged in?

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