January 24, 2018 | Kliment Klimentov
Unattended installation is an automated installation technology that can be used to install many programs at once rather than having administrators or technicians manually install them one by one.
TDS Classic uses the standard MSI installer to deliver its files; TDS Classic has supported unattended installations since version 126.96.36.199.
The MSI installer is responsible for dropping the TDS files in both the TDS installation folder and the MS Build folder. Additionally, the MSI installer adds entries inside the Registry database. To start the unattended installation the following line must be run in the administrator command prompt:
If you’re installing TDS Classic for VS 2010, 2012, 2013, or 2015 this should be enough - you won't need to follow the next steps.
The TDS Classic versions for Visual Studio 2017 are installed a bit differently than the ones for VS 2015, VS 2013, VS 2012 and VS 2010. In VS 2017 the process is separated in two parts and performed by two different installers - the standard MSI installer and the VSIX installer.
The second part of the installation is performed by the VSIX Installer; it installs and enables the TDS Classic extension for Visual Studio 2017. To continue with the unattended installation the following command needs to be executed:
“<path_to_the_VSIX_installer_exe>” "<path_to_the_VSIX_package>" /quiet