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ADAM Install Components

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Before attempting to bundle Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) in your application’s setup program, you should be familiar with the following three main components of the ADAM install:

  • Adamsp1.exe

  • Adaminstall.exe

  • ADAM End User License Agreement (EULA)


ADAM Setup files are compressed and bundled, by using IExpress, into a single executable called Adamsp1.exe. IExpress is a Microsoft utility that helps you create stand-alone installation packages that can be used to extract files — or to temporarily extract installation source files — before running an application’s setup program. IExpress creates an output file (an .exe file) that contains all the files that you specify and the instructions to carry out the extraction of these files. The files are compressed and stored in the Microsoft cabinet (.cab) format.

Adamsp1.exe replaces Adamsetup.exe, which installed the previous version of ADAM.

Adamsp1.exe, the ADAM Setup file, accepts the parameters that are described in the following table.


Parameter Description


Runs Adamsp1 without displaying progress information on the screen.

/t: full path

Specifies a directory to be used as the temporary working directory for Adamsp1.


After you extract the ADAM Setup files to the working directory, you can run the ADAM installation program, called Adaminstall.exe, to create an ADAM instance. Adaminstall.exe accepts the parameters described in the following table.


Parameter Description


Advanced options. When the install type is Replica, this switch causes the Active Directory Application Mode Setup Wizard to show a page that you can use to install the replica from media (that is, from a restored copy of a backup of an ADAM instance).

/answer: drive:\pathname\answer.txt

Specifies a text answer file containing ADAM installation options. This parameter allows the setup to be run in unattended mode.


Specifies that ADAM Setup should treat warnings as errors.


Application setup programs that install ADAM as part of their application setup process are required to either display the ADAM EULA or provide a EULA in their application that is not less restrictive than the ADAM EULA. The ADAM EULA is provided as a text file, called AdamEula.txt, and it is one of the files that is extracted when Adamsp1.exe runs. You can extract the ADAM EULA by running Adamsp1.exe and then import the extracted ADAM EULA into the custom application setup.

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