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How to perform Add-in 4.0 deployment using command line

 

This article consists of the following sections:

  • Requirements
  • Advantages of deployment using command line
  • Predefine add-in configuration properties
  • Add-in deployment using the command line (with parameters)
    1. Deploy for ALL USERS (per machine) with predefined URL and Backend version
    2. Deploy PER USER with URL and backend version
  • Add-in deployment using the command line (with TRANSFORM file)

 

Requirements

Go to the System Requirements page on the Add-On Products website to have an overview of System requirements for Resource Central (RC).

Note: When you deploy Add-in 4.0 using the Command line, you must open the Command Prompt with the option “Run as Administrator”.

 

Advantages of deployment using command line

  • It is possible to predefine some add-in configurations such as RC backend URL address, RC backend compatibility.
  • It is possible to track the deployment process with an installation log.

 

Predefine add-in configuration properties

Property Name

Value

Note

RESOURCECENTRAL_URL

Example:

http://RCWebServer/ResourceCentral

URL address of Resource Central backend 

RC_WEB_VERSION

·      0 = Any version higher than RC 3.8 HF6

·      1 = RC 3.7 VTC

·      2 = RC 3.7.10

·      3 = RC 3.8 RTM and Hotfix 1/2/3/4/5 (This is default value)

·      4 = RC 3.8 SR and HF6

Define RC backend compatibility for add-in

ALLUSERS

1

Use this property with value “1” if Add-in is deployed for All users (per machine)

DEFAULT_LOCATION

ID of location tree in RC (e.g. ID of root location is 47)

This property is used to set a default location for the first use of ResourceFinder

UPDATE_SETTINGS

·      0: The function is turned OFF. Add-in will not update “ResourceCentralURL” and “RCVersion” in the Settings file

·      1: The function is turned ON, Add-in sends request to backend web service and updates both “ResourceCentralURL” and “RCVersion” (This is the default value)

·      2: The function is turned ON, Add-in sends a request to backend web service and updates “RCVersion”

·      3: The function is turned ON, Add-in sends a request to backend web service and updates “ResourceCentralURL”

Control the update settings function in working with back end web service

 

Add-in deployment using the command line (with parameters)

1. Deploy for ALL USERS (per machine) with predefined properties

Open the Command Prompt with the option “Run as Administrator” and enter the following command:

msiexec /L*V "log.txt" /i ResourceCentralAddin.32bitv4.00.xxx.msi RESOURCECENTRAL_URL="http://RCServerName.domain/ResourceCentral" ALLUSERS="1" /quiet

In which, you can:

  • Change ResourceCentralAddin.32bitv4.00.0056.msi with [path of installer file\name of current installer file] if it is located in another folder.
  • Change http://RCServerName.domain/ResourceCentral with your URL Address of Resource Central backend.

 

2. Deploy PER USER with predefined properties

Open the Command Prompt with the option “Run as Administrator” and enter the following command:

msiexec /L*V "log.txt" /i ResourceCentralAddin.32bitv4.00.xxx.msi RESOURCECENTRAL_URL="http://RCServerName.domain/ResourceCentral" ALLUSERS="0" /quiet

In which, you can:

  • Change ResourceCentralAddin.32bitv4.00.0056.msi with [path of installer file\name of current installer file] if it is located in another folder.
  • Change http://RCServerName.domain/ResourceCentral with your URL Address of Resource Central backend.

 

Add-in deployment using the command line (with TRANSFORM file)

NOTE: See How to create a Transform file Knowledge Base article to know how to create a TRANSFORM with ORCA tool.

Copy the installer file (.msi) and .mst file to a folder then open the Command Prompt with option “Run as Administrator” and enter the following command:

msiexec /quiet /L*V "log.txt" /i ResourceCentralAddin.32bitv4.00.xxx.msi TRANSFORMS="ALLUSERS_SETTINGS.mst"

You can change ResourceCentralAddin.32bitv4.00.0056.msi or ALLUSERS_SETTINGS.mst with [path of file\name of current file] if they are located in another folder.

 

Validation after deployment

Add-in is loaded into Outlook (My Meetings and ResourceFinder buttons are available in Outlook)

The settings file is deployed to:

o   Per Machine: “ProgramData\Add-On Products\Resource Central\Add-in” folder with all URL, backend version defined.

o   Per User: “Users\[Logged-in User]\AppData\Local\Add-on Products\Resource Central\Addin” folder with all URL, backend version defined.

 

Properties

Applies to: RC Add-in 4.0

Reference: TFS #94950

Knowledge base ID: 0208

Last updated: Sep 12, 2017

 

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