Automated Install Script

Due to a huge increase in employee numbers I decided it was time to speed up the deployment process. I had worked with automatic install scripts before whilst at IBM’s Innovation Centre, in fact I rewrote most of them to match newer OS versions etc.

So with a little experience behind me I decided to write a script from scratch that installed the following:

  • .Net 4 (see older post)
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Java Run Time
  • Office 2010 SP1
  • Windows Activation
  • Internal Help Desk application
  • Cisco VPN client (for customer access)

OK, so those who are experts in this will see a very simple, perhaps clunky script, but for what I need it’s perfect. Complete with comments and prompts the script is only 42 lines. and requires only 1 click to run and a further 3 for the Windows activation and Office installer.

A note on deploying Office 2010 - I created my own .mum file and inserted into the Updates folder in the installer location to create this I ran setup.exe /admin and made it as silent as possible to install, meaning you only have to click “Install Now”, it even activates Office for me. For help on this I actually used Microsoft documentation! (

Here’s my entire script (with product keys and file locations modified for security purposes):

rem —————Installer Coded by Jonathan Ward 13/06/2012———————
rem ——————————Major Update 18/06/2012————————————
rem **Updates 19/06/2012** :- Office SP1 & Java included
echo Welcome to Auto Installer
echo Activating Windows 7… EXPECT 2 POPUPS (click OK)
"%windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs" /ipk [key goes here]
"%windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs" /ato
echo …done
echo Installing .Net 4 Runtime…
"\[file location]\netlogon\dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe" /quiet /norestart
echo …done
echo Installing Adobe Reader…
"[file location]\newpc\AdobeRdr1000.exe" /sAll /msi /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES
echo …done
echo Installing Adobe Flash…
"[file location]\newpc\flash_iexplore.exe" -install
"[file location]\newpc\flash_firefox.exe" -install
echo …done
echo Installing Java Runtime…
"[file location]\newpc\java.exe" /s
echo …done
echo Installing Cisco VPN…
mkdir %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\cisco
xcopy “[file location]\newpc\cisco” %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\cisco /Y /q
start /wait msiexec.exe /q /i “%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\cisco\vpnclient_setup.msi” /norestart
xcopy “[file location]\All PCF” “%ProgramFiles%\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\Profiles” /Y /q
rd /s /q %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\cisco
echo …done
echo Installing Microsoft Office 2010… (Click Install Now)
"[file location]\Office 2010\setup.exe" /config "\[file location]\Office 2010\ProPlus.WW\config.xml"
echo …done
echo Installing Microsoft Security Essentials…
"[file location]\newpc\mse.exe" /s /runwgacheck /o
echo …done
echo Installing Service Desk…
md “%ProgramFiles%\Beoley Mill Software Ltd\BMS ServiceDesk”
xcopy “[file location]\Updates\Dev\*.*” “%ProgramFiles%\[file location]” /Y /E /q
start cscript “[file location]\csnew.vbs”
echo …done
echo Installer complete!

I hope that some of you find this useful in your own script developments.

DotNet4 One-off install script (network deployment)

We needed to deploy .Net4 to all desktops and laptops within the domain in order to be able to use the new version of our in-house developed service desk system, the most critical application in our business outside of Email.

So I found/ modified this script below and added it to group policy as a computer startup script, it worked a treat internally but those on VPN only needed to run the script manually, so I ended up sending it out to everyone anyway!


REM *********************************************************************
REM Environment customization begins here. Modify variables below.
REM *********************************************************************

REM Enter the Product Name.
set ProductName= Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Extended

REM Set DeployServer to a network-accessible location containing the Office source files.
set DeployServer=\dc1\netlogon\

REM Set LogLocation to a central directory to collect log files.
set LogLocation=”C:\Windows\Logs”

REM *********************************************************************
REM Deployment code begins here. Do not modify anything below this line.
REM *********************************************************************

IF NOT “%ProgramFiles(x86)%”==”” (goto ARP64) else (goto ARP86)

REM Operating system is X64. Check for 32 bit Office in emulated Wow6432 uninstall key
reg query “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\%ProductName%”
if NOT %errorlevel%==1 (goto End)

REM Check for 32 and 64 bit versions of Office 2010 in regular uninstall key.(Office 64bit would also appear here on a 64bit OS)
reg query “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\%ProductName%”
if %errorlevel%==1 (goto DeployOffice) else (goto End)

REM If 1 returned, the product was not found. Run setup here.
start /wait %DeployServer%\dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe /quiet /norestart
echo %date% %time% Setup ended with error code %errorlevel%. » %LogLocation%\%computername%.txt

REM If 0 or other was returned, the product was found or another error occurred. Do nothing.