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#1 Technotika

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 07:53 PM

Hi guys

I'm trying to discover where an install puts the data specified in an installation. I have a load of installs to do and I could do them in one psexec script if I just new where certain config was kept.
During the install I have to set a standard format of a user name, password, database connection string, port and a few others.
What I want to do is silently install the app via psexec then apply the ini, reg or xml file (or what ever ) with the uniform data.
Is there a tool available that will let me see whats happening behind the install at the point where I put the data in which will enable me to see where its kept/hidden?

Thanks guys

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 08:16 PM

http://technet.micro...ernals/bb896645
You can either trace an install or just run a trace when the application is started and trace where it reads the configuration data from. Usually it is the registry. Be careful of HKEYUSER entries though as these are specific to each user account. Thus writing the entries for user xyz into another registry on a different PC will not affect any other user.

#3 Rui Paz

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:00 AM

Hi guys

I'm trying to discover where an install puts the data specified in an installation. I have a load of installs to do and I could do them in one psexec script if I just new where certain config was kept.
During the install I have to set a standard format of a user name, password, database connection string, port and a few others.
What I want to do is silently install the app via psexec then apply the ini, reg or xml file (or what ever ) with the uniform data.
Is there a tool available that will let me see whats happening behind the install at the point where I put the data in which will enable me to see where its kept/hidden?

Thanks guys


Hi,

If you have to do that kind of work very often then i recommend a specialized tool for that,
it cost money but its a very good help http://www.newbounda...cts/prism-suite
Prism catch all the changes made to the system and can replicate the changes to several machines,
you can create a package that includes several installations at once including settings.
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