Tuesday, July 7, 2009

VMWare View Client Silent Installation

I've been having some trouble figuring out how to prevent VMWare View Client from rebooting a machine upon completion of a silent installation. The standard /norestart switch that you normally pass to msiexec simply results in an error.

In the end, I found two answers. One answer was to perform an administrative installation of the product. Then, you are able to call an installation using the msi file directly and use the normal msiexec command line parameters.

msiexec /qn /norestart /i "VMware View Client.msi" ADDLOCAL=Core DESKTOP_SHORTCUT=0 QUICKLAUNCH_SHORTCUT=0

The second, simpler answer was to pass the property REBOOT=ReallySuppress:

VMware-viewclient.exe /s /v"/qn DESKTOP_SHORTCUT=0 QUICKLAUNCH_SHORTCUT=0 REBOOT=ReallySuppress"


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