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Steve Schofield
Windows Server MVP – IIS
Log archival solution
Install, Configure, Forget

IIS Logs unattended installation example / unattended packaging info

I’ve been doing some packaging of software within SCCM recently.¬† As I’m rediscovering, each software package has it’s own trick to get an unattended installation working.¬† One useful¬†trick I found with MSI’s is use the /l* logname.log when installing from the command line.¬† After the installation has completed, you can open the log file and look for the variables that can be¬†set.

For example, the program I wrote for handling logfiles, http://www.iislogs.com uses MSI installer.  To perform an unattended install, here is the command in Step1.  It creates a log file called install.log. 

msiexec /qb /i IISLogsSetupConsoleApp.msi /l* install.log

After reviewing the log, I find a property called TARGETDIR=   This will help have a custom location while performing an unattended install

msiexec /qb /i IISLogsSetupConsoleApp.msi targetdir=c:\iislogs20 /l* install.log

Interesting links that have some packaging information

Search for the word PROPERTY in the log file and find other interesting properties.¬† I only really needed for most of my packages to install to a custom location on a separate data drive.¬† D:\Apps for example.¬†¬† In conclusion, I wouldn’t generally log “everything” when doing a mass rollout, but for initial package creation, it can be a really cool way to see what options you have available.¬†¬† If you have other tricks using different installers, please pass them along. ūüôā


Steve Schofield
Microsoft MVP – IIS