Howto: Create a Groupwise 7.0.1 client autorun CD using setup.cfg


I have some remote users that never come into the office, so I send them autorun CDs of the newest Groupwise client we are using. The only thing the user has to do is put the CD into the drive, and the client automatically installs with the settings I preconfigured.

To begin, copy the Windows client installation directory from your Groupwise client software distribution directory to a directory on your local machine, which we will refer to as the working directory.

Your working directory should now have four folders in it’s root, specifically connector, docs, jaws, and win32. Next, create a regular old text file in the root of your working directory and name it autorun.inf (make sure the .txt extension is not appended to the file name!)

Edit your autorun.inf with notepad, and enter:

[autorun]
OPEN=WIN32\SETUP.EXE

Notice we’re not specifying a drive letter, since some user’s cd-roms may be different than others. The only thing that matters is that win32 is in the root of the working directory.

Now we’re going to copy the setup.cfg file from the software distribution directory\client folder and place in the working directory’s win32 folder. If you don’t have a setup.cfg file, create a .txt file, and name it setup.cfg (with no .txt file extension) . Here’s a copy of my setup.cfg:

[GroupWiseSetup]
Version=7.0.1
Path=C:\Novell\GroupWise
Folder=Novell GroupWise
LaunchMessenger=No
LaunchNotify=Yes
OutlookFirewallException=Yes
IPAddress=groupwiseserverhostname.yourdomain.com ;I use the server’s host name

IPPort=1677
DefaultIPAddress=x.x.x.x ;obviously the server’s IP goes here

DefaultIPPort=1677 ; your port number may vary, this is default

[ShowSetup] ; shows how much interaction setup will have with the user

ShowDialogs=No
ShowProgress=Yes
ShowFinish=Yes

[AutoUpdate]
Enabled=Yes
SetupIPEnabled=No
ForceUpdate=Yes
GraceLoginCount=0
PromptUntilUpdated=Yes

[Startup]
Notify=Yes

[GWTip]
Default=No
Hide=No

[GWMailTo]
Default=Yes
Hide=No

[PDAConnect]
Default=No
Hide=No
Silent=No

[GWCheck]
InstallGWCheck=Yes
GWCheckEnabled=Yes

[IntegrationApps]
Microsoft Excel=No
Microsoft Word=No
Microsoft PowerPoint=No
Corel Presentations=No
Corel Quattro Pro=No
Corel WordPerfect=No

[Languages]
Default=English
Arabic=No
ChineseSimplified=No
ChineseTraditional=No
Czech=No
BrazilianPortugese=No
Danish=No
Dutch=No
English=Yes
Finnish=No
French=No
German=No
Hebrew=No
Hungarian=No
Italian=No
Japanese=No
Korean=No
Norwegian=No
Polish=No
Russian=No
Spanish=No
Swedish=No

You may also choose to edit the win32\setup.ini file to further customize the installation program.

Last, go ahead and burn the contents of the working directory (but not the working directory itself) to cd. Pop out the cd, and push it back in, and the setup program should run by itself, installing with the setup.cfg settings you specified.

You can find detailed information regarding all the settings in the setup.cfg file here.

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