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Performing a Quiet Installation

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You might prefer to install Microsoft without any user intervention. During a quiet (or unattended) installation, the user is never prompted to supply information and never sees any messages.You can perform a quiet installation from the command line. You can run a quiet installation by itself or as part of a script for distribution across several servers. Any output from the Setupsts.exe program is stored in the log file in the Temp directory of the Microsoft Windows volume.

To perform the unattended installation, use the Setupsts.exe command with the /q command-line option.There are several variations of the /q option that you can use. The following table lists and explains the quiet installation options available for .

Quiet installation option

Description

q or qn

Run Setupsts.exe in quiet mode (unattended setup with no user intervention).

qb

Run Setupsts.exe in basic mode (limited user intervention). Includes a progress bar.

qf

Run Setupsts.exe in full mode (user must fill in options during setup). This is the default option.

qr

Run Setupsts.exe in reduced mode. Displays reduced UI during installation.

qn+

Run Setupsts.exe in quiet mode (unattended setup with no user intervention). Displays a Setup complete dialog box at the end of the installation.

qb+

Run Setupsts.exe in basic mode (limited user intervention). Includes a progress bar and a Setup complete dialog box at the end of the installation. If you cancel the installation, the dialog box is not displayed.

qb-

Run Setupsts.exe in basic mode (limited user intervention). Does not display a Setup complete dialog box.

For more information about the options and properties you can use with Setupsts.exe, see Command-Line Options for Setupsts.exe.

Performing a Quiet Installation with WMSDE

If you want to perform a quiet installation of with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) (Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) (WMSDE 20)), you can run Setupsts.exe with any of the above command-line options. For example, if you wanted to install with WMSDE and see a progress bar and completion dialog box, you would type:

setupsts.exe /qb+

Performing a Quiet Installation with SQL Server

If you want to use Microsoft SQL Server instead of WMSDE, you must use the remotesql=yes property when you perform a quiet installation. You can use any of the quiet installation options in combination with the remotesql=yes property. For example, to perform a quiet installation with no user interface options of to use with an existing SQL Server computer installation or a remote computer running SQL Server, you would type:

setupsts.exe remotesql=yes /q

When you perform a quiet installation with the remotesql=yes parameter, you must perform some additional configuration steps after setup before is ready to use. For more information, see Remote SQL Server Deployment .

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