Unattended installation in Windows
Acronis components, such as Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows, can be installed in the unattended mode, as opposed to the interactive mode.
If you are installing Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows, you need the configuration script mst_gen.vbs, which is located in the folder where Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console is installed—by default, C:\Program Files\Acronis\BackupAndRecoveryConsole. If the management console is installed on a different machine, you can copy the script from that machine.
The following components and features can be reinstalled or updated in the unattended mode:
- Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows AcronisAgentWindows.msi
- Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Universal Restore: AcronisUniversalRestore.msi
- Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Deduplication: AcronisDeduplication.msi
- Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Bootable Media Builder: AcronisBootableComponentsMediaBuilder.msi
- Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console for advanced editions: AcronisManagementConsole.msi
- Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Console for stand-alone editions: AcronisStandaloneManagementConsole.msi
Before installing the agent’s features (such as Universal Restore), you need to install the agent itself.
To install, reinstall, or update a component in the unattended mode
- Run the setup program.
- Click Extract installation files.
- Extract the component’s installation package.
- If you are installing Agent for Windows, create a transform (an .mst file) for the agent’s installation package by running the configuration script. Otherwise, skip this step.
For example, the following command creates a transform to install Agent for Windows with the trial license key ABCDE-54321:
mst_gen.vbs /msi_path C:\AcronisAgentWindows.msi /serial ABCDE-54321
See also the example later in this section. The complete syntax of the configuration script is described in “Configuration script parameters“.
- Do either of the following, depending on whether you are installing, reinstalling, or updating the component:
- If you are installing the component, run Windows Installer (the msiexec program) specifying the names of both the installation package and (if needed) the transform as follows:
When installing Agent for Windows:
msiexec /i c:\AcronisAgentWindows.msi TRANSFORMS=AcronisAgentWindows.mst /qb
Otherwise (in this example, when installing the Universal Restore feature):
msiexec /i c:\AcronisUniversalRestore.msi /qb
- If you are reinstalling or updating the component, run Windows Installer as follows:
When reinstalling or updating Agent for Windows:
msiexec /i C:\Share\AcronisAgentWindows.msi TRANSFORMS=C:\Share\AcronisAgentWindows.mst ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb
Otherwise (in this example, when reinstalling or updating the Universal Restore feature):
msiexec /i C:\Share\AcronisUniversalRestore.msi ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb /l*v C:\log.log
In an Active Directory domain, another way of performing unattended installation, reinstallation, or update of a supported component is through Group Policy—see “Installing the agent using Group Policy“.
Example of creating a transform
Consider the following command, which creates a transform for the installation package of the agent for Windows:
mst_gen.vbs /msi_path C:\AcronisAgentWindows.msi /license_server licensesrv /product AS /account mydomain\agentuser MyPassWd /ams_address managementsrv /ams_user adminname AdminPassWd
After unattended installation with that transform:
- The agent will use a license for the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server edition, by taking it from the license server installed on the licensesrv machine.
- The agent’s service will run under the agentuser domain user account (of the mydomain domain) whose password is MyPassWd.
- The agent will be registered on Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Management Server installed on the managementsrv machine; adminname and AdminPassWd are respectively the user name and password of a management server administrator.