Silent Install - Overview

A Silent install consists of the following distinct phases:

  1. Recording Mode - In this phase, an install is recorded, saving your install options to an .xml file.
  2. Playing back using xml file - In this phase, the .xml file is played back by the install program. The software components are installed as per the recorded options without prompting for any user inputs. Through this method, the deployment of the software can be automated.

    On UNIX machines, the sample-xml parameter file can be copied to a local drive. Once modified, it can be used to perform silent installs based on the parameters set in the xml file.

When recording an install, note the following:

  • The install program only records your choices, it does not execute the install.
  • No license is consumed when recording an install..
  • All Agents are selectable when recording an install.
  • Review the System Requirements and the Installation procedures for each component you are installing.
  • If you intend to play back this recorded install on multiple computers, choose options that are applicable to all those computers. For example when specifying an installation folder, be sure it exists on all target computers.
  • Playing back a recorded installation installs the software with the options saved in the .xml file you created during the record procedures.

Note the following when playing back a recorded install:

  • A license is consumed on the server for each licensed component you install.
  • Review the System Requirements and the Installation procedures for each component you are installing.
    If your network does not have DNS lookup or some other name resolution facility, you may be asked to enter the IP address of the server computer.

Displaying the Screens While Playing the Record

For Windows

On Windows clients, if you wish to display certain screens while playing the recorded install procedure, make sure to select the Show to User option on those screens while recording the install procedure.

  • Selecting the Show to User option on the install screens will give you a choice to specify the install settings while playing the recorded install.
  • If you do not select the Show to User option during the recording mode, later when you play the recorded procedure, the installation will progress silently without prompting for any user input.

Thus, not selecting the Show to User option allows you to perform the installation silently without prompting for any user inputs. In this way, you can automate the install procedure.

However, when this option is selected for the desired screens, it gives you the flexibility to perform the installation silently, at the same time gives you a choice to change the desired install settings during installation. In this way, you can specify the desired settings during installation and the rest of the install settings are selected automatically making the installation to complete quickly.

For UNIX

On Unix clients, if you wish to display certain screens while playing the recorded install procedure, make sure to type no when prompted with the following question for all those screens that you want to display while playing the record.

Hide this screen?

  • Typing no for the above prompt during the recording mode gives  you a choice to specify the install settings while playing the recorded install.
  • If you wish to hide the install screens by typing yes to the above prompt during the recording mode, later when you  play the recorded procedure, the installation will progress silently without prompting for any user input.

Thus, if you choose to hide the install screens, it allows you to perform the installation silently without prompting for any user inputs. In this way, you can automate the install procedure.

However, if you choose to display the desired screens, it gives you the flexibility to perform the installation silently, at the same time gives you a choice to change the desired install settings during installation. In this way, you can specify the desired settings during installation and the rest of the install settings are selected automatically making the installation to complete quickly.

Silent install is not supported for the following components:

  • CommServe
  • 1-Touch Server
  • Web Server
  • Web Console