Install Time™ Help - Install Butler™

•  Overview
•  Who uses Install Butler™
•  Frist Page
•  The Capture
•  Properties and property selection page
•  Command Line page
•  Summary page
•  Windows Installer Command line options
•  Windows Installer Transforms

Overview

Install Butler™ is a wizard that guides a user through a series of steps to gather the installation properties that can be modifed using a transform or passed into an install from the command line. Install Butler™ collects information from an installation and prepares it for deployment saving time and reducing errors that cause failures, failed audits and support calls.

Who uses Install Butler™

Install Butler™ is the ideal tool for System administrators, Software Quality assurance engineers, technical writers and developers.

Common use cases:
Quality assurance engineer needs to test the install and uninstall of an application as well as ensure the installation can be executed silently.
technical writer need to document the install and uninstall of an application
Systems administrator needs to deploy a commercial package silently throughout their organization.

First Page

To begin the process, select the installation file to deploy using the Browse button. Select "Create a commmand line checkbox (selected by default) to automatically build a command line. Later in the wizard the commmand line can be modified to suit deployment needs.

Install Butler™ has the unique ability to "capture" properties and their values. Perform this operation to select the desired values such as serial number, acceptance of license agreements, default installation paths, server locations, or even enabling or disabling features. Using this method saves support calls and the need for additional "how to install" documentation within the deployed organization, ensuring all responses are correctly answered and eliminating confusion. Selecting "Capture Windows Installer Properties" enables this capture process and selecting Next will launch the installation's user interface.

The Capture

During the capture process, the execution phase of the installation is blocked and no changes will be made to the base machine.

If the "Capture Windows Installer Properties" was checked the installation will launch and the capture process wil begin. Each property that is enable within the installation (whether the property is exposed on the User Interface or not) will be captured along with their values. Additionally any feature state selection (advertised, not available or installed) will be recorded and reflected in the final installation.

Properties and property selection page

check the checkboxes next to the properties to be included in the transform or command line. IF a transform is selected (the default setting) the command line will be updated to call the transform. If the create transform is not selected, the public properties will be added to the command line. While some installations are small with few properties which can be set on the command line, it is recommended that a transform be created for most deployment scenarios.
  • To expand the property window for easier viewing and editing use the "Expand View".
  • The "Set by" column is a read only column indicating how the property was set. For example a property can be set by a control or a custom action.
  • The "Used by" column is a read only column indicating what actions use the value from the selected property. For instance a directory path.

If the "Create transform" option was selected the transform will be created at the specified location when "Next" is pressed.

Command Line builder

The command line age provides the capability to create a command line by selecting combo boxes and check boxes. The command line builder can be used to create and save multiple command lines during the same session. Use the save options (save to shortcut or to file) to save each instance of the command line. Example: Create the Install command line that sets default properties but still runs the full UI with verbose logging. Save the resulting command line to a file. Once saved, create the uninstall command line with verbose logging. This process can be repeated for every command line required based on deployment needs (i.e. using the silent switch to perform silent installs and uninstalls)

Summary page

The summary page captures and presents all the relevant information for accurate notes and documentation. Select the "Prepare another application for deployment" checkbox to start the process over with another installation and select Close.

Windows Install Command line options

Transforms

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