Customize and Automate Installation of a Suited Installer
Primary Software: NI Installers>>Installer Framework
Primary Software Version: 3.1
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A
I have a software suite installer as opposed to a single product installer or package file. How can I customize and automate or create a batch of the installation to distribute National Instruments software?
Suites are multi-product software bundles, like the Developer Suite or Software Platform Bundle. For single product installers, such as LabVIEW or Device Drivers, refer to KnowledgeBase 4CJDP38M. To determine whether your installer is a suited installer or single product installer, refer to KnowledgeBase 4CJDR18M.
Suited Installers Overview
Suited software installers contain multiple individual installers in a sub-directory named
You can view the complete list of installer options at any time by using the following command:
There is also an image attached at the bottom of this page with the list of commands that you can use.
National Instruments installers use a configuration file, called a spec file, as a replacement for the configuration dialogues. This spec file can contain information about the user, serial number information, which features to install and to not install, etc.
Use /DownloadAllNoInstall to download all products in the web-based installer. Use this option in conjunction with a Volume License Installer created using web-based installers to download all products in the suite. Installers linked to the suite but not included in the suite itself, such as driver software, will not be downloaded when using this option. For more information about using web-based installers in Volume License Installers, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code webbasedVLIs.
Logging installation activities
Use /log to create a log of all installation activities.
For a typical silent installation, use the
This command silently installs all software in the suite with the spec file configuration. If this is a web-based installer, silent installation cannot be done unless all products enabled by default in the Product Selection tree are already dowloaded. For more information about web-based installers, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code webbasedinstallers.
Silent installations can automatically disable the Windows 8 Fast Startup feature. For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase 5ZUEMHS1.
In order to install multiple disks, you need to set up your folder names to match the labels in the spec file. The names of the folders can be found in the
Installers with versions 2.7 or greater contact the NI server to check if a known issue will occur upon installation. If an issue will occur, the Installer will notify you and allow you to abort installation. You can modify the notification behavior with the following command-line options:
You cannot customize the configuration of the top-level setup executable of a suited installer if your installer is older than version 2.6.1. Refer to KnowledgeBase 4CJDR18M to determine the version of your National Instruments Installer. However, you can work around this limitation by creating a customized spec file for each of the individual single installers contained within the suited installers sub-directories.
KnowledgeBase 4CJDP38M: Automating the Installation of a Single Installer
KnowledgeBase 4CJDR18M: How Can I Determine the Type and Version of my National Instruments Installer?
KnowledgeBase 5Z99QLUS: Why do I get Error 1935 when attempting to install NI software?
KnowledgeBase 5Z99J9US: Why is Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 required before installing National Instruments software?
Report Date: 12/17/2007
Last Updated: 10/11/2017
Document ID: 4GGGDQH0