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I need to be able to install NIS 2010 automatically. I've tried several methods, but have some up with nothing so far.

I need to do the process within my application, but I can rely on external tools as long as they are already built into the OS.

Below I'll list the methods I've tried.

The application is a custom installer Symantec has created, so it cannot be installed via MSIEXEC.
The installer may have command line arguments that can be used, but are hidden from the every day user as a security measure.
I've attempted to covert the executable to an MSI package, but that also did not work.
I can't use a different version of Norton.
I've tried resources such as appdeploy.com and have come up with nothing.

Thanks

asked 05/18/2010 05:52

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Maybe you could also try to ask Symantec. Very, very unlikely of course that you'd hear something meaningful, but not entirely impossible.

Another way I'd try - I'd try to find a blog of someone related to the development of this product. Sometimes you can get an "unofficial" insight that way.

> I've attempted to covert the executable to an MSI package, but that also did not work.

It's always possible to repackage, just need the right tools. If your interest is high enough, I could try it.

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vadimrapp1

I'll  contact Symantec, but it does seem highly unlikely they would assist me.

I'll also see if there's a dev blog of some sort.

"It's always possible to repackage, just need the right tools. If your interest is high enough, I could try it."

If you wouldn't mind, that would be appreciated.

I'll look into what was recommended and post back what I  come up with.

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answered 2010-05-19 at 10:07:47

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@Vee Mod

_Alias closed my other thread and recommended I use this one to attempt to resolve my issue. But you're recommending this one be closed and I work on that one.... which was closed  >.>

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answered 2010-05-19 at 20:36:31

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> If you wouldn't mind, that would be appreciated.

Please contact me privately - use my nickname -> my profile -> my website; if I'm going to create this, I will need to know the purpose.

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answered 2010-05-19 at 20:38:24

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Um... why would this be created privately? Wouldn't that beat the purpose of such a service?

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answered 2010-05-20 at 04:50:49

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weirddemon

*err... I mean beat the purpose of this service

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answered 2010-05-24 at 21:48:08

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weirddemon

The purpose of this service is to help others with their projects, which is what we are doing. But sometimes those others can't do their projects themselves and have to hire someone else who will not just help with advise, but will actually do the job. This is done outside of EE.

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answered 2010-05-24 at 21:48:40

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Hm...

I suppose, but I don't want to pay to have someone make something like this for me.

I'm paying to get assistance so I can do it on my own.

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answered 2010-05-25 at 06:08:01

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weirddemon

Sure - if you are doing it on your own, feel free to ask any questions, and we will assist.

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answered 2010-05-25 at 14:16:07

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vadimrapp1

I've asked my question and I've provided all the information that I have so far. I've even provided what I've done and what doesn't work.

I need suggestions now.

I haven't contacted Symantec, but that still seems unlikely. I couldn't locate any additional resources published by Symantec.

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answered 2010-05-25 at 15:27:18

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It looks like what you want, does not exist. Symantec clearly has designed this installation to be interactive. They have used their own custom installer, which either does not have quiet mode at all, or at least it's not documented.

The only solution that comes to mind is by automating keystrokes that need to be sent during the installation. There are some products; one is Automate; some others can be found by looking up automate keystrokes - for example AutoHotkey. Also iOpus.com may  have something. It would be quite ugly, but when there's no other way, it works. This is not the only application that expects keystrokes. Of course, these keystrokes-sending utilities are usually installed on one specific computer; if you are going to run this installation on different computers, it's hard to imagine that you'd first install the utility on each - but there does not seem to be any other way.

Another way would be, indeed, to repackage this installation. Usually this requires tools and experience, but your mileage may vary.

I realize that this is not what you want to hear, so I won't mind if you delete this question. I suggest that you wait for about a week, in case someone else gets an idea. I will stop posting comments here, so the question will become abandoned, which will cause an alert being sent to other experts. Post some comment after mine, so yours becomes the last one.

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answered 2010-05-25 at 18:03:06

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...speaking of repackaging, here's a free tool you might want to try.

http://www.appdeploy.com/tools/repackager/

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answered 2010-05-25 at 19:55:20

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Although a possible solution, it didn't solve my issue.
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answered 2010-05-26 at 06:48:51

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