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For SS5 and earlier silent uninstall operations are hampered by the Dataset Backup Dialog which it has not been possible to automate. The dialog always pops up requiring a response.
The purpose of this was to ensure that potentially valuable changes to a dataset were not inadvertently lost during software upgrades. For well managed networked workspaces those changes should all be safely located on the network so this prompt is unnecessary.
For the forthcoming SS6 release we have added a BACKUPDATASET parameter that can be used during automated installation of AECOsim Building Designer SS6 to suppress the dataset backup prompt during subsequent automated uninstallation.
The full text of the relevant help is included below for convenience, this text will be available in the SS6 readme.
The following Optional Parameters can be set for a customized silent installation for AECOsim Building Designer in conjunction with the standard Windows ® Installer command line options (msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]). These parameters allow you to set the location of the program installation directory, the location of your workspaces and set the backup state of existing datasets.
The directory where the AECOsim Building Designer program and associated files will be installed. If not defined, the installer will use the default program location. This value must be quoted if it contains spaces or other characters that are reserved by the command shell.
The directory where the AECOsim Building Designer workspaces and associated files will be installed. If not defined, the installer will use the default Workspace location. This value must be quoted if it contains spaces or other characters that are reserved by the command shell.
If set to '=0' or undefined, the prompt from AECOsim Building Designer to "Backup the dataset" is suppressed and the dataset is NOT backed up (default behavior for silent installs). If set to ‘=1’, the prompt from AECOsim Building Designer to "Backup the dataset" is suppressed and the dataset is automatically backed up.
msiexec /i "AECOsimBuildingDesigner.msi" APPLICATIONFOLDER="C:\Silent Install\Program\" PACKAGE_HOMEROOT="C:\Silent Install\HomeRoot\" BACKUPDATASET=0 /qn /l*v c:\silent.log.
This example performs a silent install of AECOsim Building Designer in quiet mode w/ no UI (/qn) , placing the program files under C:\Silent Install\Program\ (APPLICATIONFOLDER="C:\Silent Install\Program\") and the workspace under C:\Silent Install\HomeRoot\ (PACKAGE_HOMEROOT="C:\Silent Install\HomeRoot\"). The dataset is backup prompt is suppressed and is defined Not to be backed up (BACKUPDATASET=0) and the entire installation process is logged to a file located at C:\silent.log (/l*v c:\silent.log)
A full description of msiexec and its required and optional parameters can displayed by entering msiexec /help in the command window.
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