For most cases, installs fall under two categories MSIs and EXEs. If your installation is an MSI, you’re in luck. MSIs install silently by default.
So what about EXEs? EXEs require silent switches to ensure they install silent. These switches can vary depending on the application. Common switches include /s, /q, or /quiet (but don’t assume any one of these will work for your particular application).
How Do I Find a Silent Switch?
1. Ask the application. Sometimes it’s just as easy as asking. Using a command window you can try running the EXE with /? and see if it returns with install options. This is normally called the usage statement. Be aware not all applications have usage statements. However, for those that do, you will receive the following popup.
2. Check online. If there is an install silent parameter there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find it in the great expanse of the Internet. A simple Google search of “silently install ” should lead you to the right parameters and maybe even some tips to creating a silent install for your particular application.
Note: As a forewarning, not all applications will offer silent parameters. If this is the case, you will not be able to install the application using PDQ Deploy. (Learn more about creating packages in PDQ Deploy.)
Remotely Installing Your Application
PDQ Deploy is an easy way to build application packages and deploy the installation out to multiple computers remotely. In your PDQ Deploy console simply click File>New Package and after naming your package add your MSI or EXE to the Install File field by clicking the ellipses.
Down on the Parameters field you will add in your silent parameters you’ve found for your application. Once you’ve saved your new package it’s as easy as clicking Deploy Now and selecting computers to send you installation to.
See it in action
Need help? See it in action in the following video: