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How to perform silent installation of BusinessObjects Enterprise/Edge

Posted by Hemanta Banerjee on October 21, 2010

A silent installation is the type of installation that you run from the command line to install BOE/Edge on any machine. It is very useful in federated scenarios where you want to ensure that the settings between the remote site and original are consistent. For more information on federation please look at my earlier blog post here.

The setup.exe for BOE can take the following parameters on command line to facilitate silent installation


To perform silent installation you would need to first create the .ini file. Steps for creating the ini file are

  1. Open a command line console and go to the directory which contains the BusinessObjects Enterprise setup.exe.
  2. In the command line, specify the file path and the .ini file to store the installation settings.
  3. Press Enter to launch the installation setup program. Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your preferred installation settings until you reach the final
    screen of the setup program. These settings will be recorded in the response file.
  4. Click Cancel to abort the installation setup. All the parameters -user-defined and default -from installation setup are passed to the .ini file which is stored in the directory specified in step 2.

Now you can create a batch routine and use the ini file created above for all future installations.

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