Silent install and activation

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andrewvalentine
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Silent install and activation

Postby andrewvalentine » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:57 pm

I work in a Higher Education environment, and am looking to automate the process of installing and activating GiD on Windows.

The current .exe supports the following command:

$GID_setup.exe /VERYSILENT

This works as expected for the installation of the software.

On first run, the user is prompted to set the IP address of the license server, and is then prompted for administrative authentication. Once set, the server information persists between launches of the software, as expected. Can this step be automated as part of the install?

Thanks.
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anna
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Re: Silent install and activation

Postby anna » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:43 am

Hello Andrew,

There is not a direct command to automate this step as a part of the installation but you have 2 possible options that may be useful.

There is another way to set the IP address without starting GiD the first time. After the installation, if you open the file scripts/TemporalVariables (located in your GiD installation folder) write the license server IP address and save it, the IP address will be set.
So you can create a script file to run the installation and then write the TemporalVariables file.

The second option is possible because you can run GiD without following the installation process. Install GiD and set the IP address on one PC, then compress the installation folder and just copy and uncompress this folder to the other PC's where you want to use GiD. The information about the IP address persists so you don't have to set it again.
andrewvalentine
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Re: Silent install and activation

Postby andrewvalentine » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:51 am

There is another way to set the IP address without starting GiD the first time. After the installation, if you open the file scripts/TemporalVariables (located in your GiD installation folder) write the license server IP address and save it, the IP address will be set.
So you can create a script file to run the installation and then write the TemporalVariables file.


I can confirm that this works fine. Thanks!

Would GiD consider implementing support for environment variables? I think a lot of IT Support staff would appreciate the ability to set the license server for GiD using such a mechanism. Something like GID_LICENSE_HOME seems sensible.

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