Install PASCO Capstone license key with a command line switch (Windows)

Instructions for a network/silent administrator installation of PASCO Capstone software on Windows



This tech note was designed for network administrators who wish to automate the installation of PASCO Capstone. Our software installers are created with Installshield. Installshield wraps the Windows msi in an executable that passes parameters to the msi. 

Both the InstallShield installer and the packaged msi can be controlled via command line switches. 

Third-party software deployment tools are not supported (ex: PDQ, Kubernetes, Ansible, Serializer etc)

Please note: You must have a valid Capstone Site License to install with command line switches

Silent Installation By Directly Passing Parameters to the MSI

  1. Copy the latest version of the software executable installer to a simple path on your computer with at least 200 MB of free storage, such as "C:\".

  2. If the installer has any spaces in the name, rename the file to a simple name with no spaces, such as "Setup.exe".

  3. Go to the Windows start menu.

  4. Type "cmd". (This selects the command prompt.)

  5. Hold down the CTRL and SHIFT buttons simultaneously and press ENTER. (This gets one into administrator mode of the command prompt to avoid prompts for administrative priviledge.)

  6. Type c:\Setup.exe /s /v"/qn" ( The /s switch tells the InstallShield installer to run silently, the /v passes the parameter that follows immediately after in quotes to the msi installer. And /qn tells the msi to run with no UI. c: is the location that was specfied location of the installer.

  7. To install the license key (requires Capstone version 1.13 or higher)

A. You can install the Capstone license key silently along with the software with a command line switch:

PASCO_Capstone-x.y.z.w.exe /s /v"/qn LICENCEKEY=MY_KEY"

Where the “My_Key” text is replaced by your Capstone license key.

B. To install the license key AND disable the prompts for software updates:

PASCO_Capstone-x.y.z.w.exe /s /v"/qn LICENCEKEY=MY_KEY DISABLE_SOFTWARE_UPDATES=1"

Where the “My_Key” text is replaced by your Capstone license key.

Use the following instructions if extracting an MSI is required:

Generate an MSI from the Setup File

  1. Copy the latest version of the software installer to a simple path on your computer with at least 200 MB of free storage, such as "C:\". (Contact Teacher Support if you need an updated installer.)

  2. If the installer has an spaces in the name, rename the file to a simple name with no spaces, such as "Setup.exe".

  3. Click the Windows Start button.

  4. In the text box, type "c:\Setup.exe /a".

  5. When prompted, select the local or network location for the msi to be extracted. 

  6. Click Finish.

Run the extracted MSI Unattended

  1. Go to the Windows start menu.

  2. Type "cmd". (This selects the command prompt.)

  3. Hold down the CTRL and SHIFT buttons simultaneously and press ENTER. (This gets one into administrator mode of the command prompt to avoid prompts for administrative priviledge.)

  4. Run the installer.

    • Capstone:  Type "c:\Capstone.msi /qn".  



 
PASCO does not support Administrator/Silent installation of SPARKvue, MatchGraph! or Spectrometry software at this time. PASCO does not support the use of third-party tools to deploy our software and cannot assist with installations using third-party deployment tools.




Date Created: 11/18/2019
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