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SQL Anywhere 17 silent installation via Chef (configuration management tool)


I'm having problems installing SQL Anywhere 17 in silent / unattended installation mode when using Configuration management tool - to be precise: using Chef. I'm trying to configure this automatically on Windows 2016.

"Manually" kicking off the silent install mode is successful, however when I execute the same command with Chef it fails.

The reason for that is the splash screen of the product that pops up even during silent installation. Chef is being kicked off remotely and there is no GUI attached to it. When the splash screen appears, then chef fails with windows error code 1603.

Is there a way to install the software silently without anything appearing on the screen? The current usage kind of defeats the silent installation purpose...

Any help would be much appreciated on this.



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  • What specific version and build are you installing? What splash screen is being displayed? What platform are you installing i.e., Windows, Linux, MacOS? What specifically is the command line you are using for the silent install?

  • OS: Windows 2016

    SQLAnywhere: 17.4.2053

    Command: .\setup.exe /L1033 "/v: /passive /norestart", however this pops up the splash/initialisation screen and the the progress bar (that causes the installation fail if I trigger it via Chef due to no screen is being available).

    Using the /s parameter in the commandline causes the installation not starting/failing(?).

    I'd like to install the "development" version of the product silently.

    I hope this clarifies this, but let me know if you need further info.

  • Please note that you cannot install the developer edition silently. The silent install is intended for use for deployment. As the developer edition is not a *deployable* license, it is not to be deployed. Each user of a developer edition must download their own copy of the developer edition and accept the licensing terms for its use. The silent install can only be used to deploy in the context of a deployment license.

    The causes for the issues you are encounter are:

    • You have to use /s and /qn options to perform a silent install. This prevent user interface elements from being displayed.
    • You need to provide a valid REGKEY for a deployment license for the silent install to work. That is the reason why the /s option appears to not start.

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    Posted on Jun 30 at 03:11 AM

    Silent installation of the Developer Edition is not permitted as the silent install is a "deployment" mechanism which is contary to the licensing.

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