One of the features that customers asked for was the ability to create a single file self-installing archive. So, here it is!
This feature allows you to:
- Create a single-file self-installing exe-package via NWSAPSetupAdmin.exe.
- It contains only those files that belong to the components that are a part of the package – so, reduces your network load in certain distribution scenarios where you previously had to make local copies of your installation source before installing.
- This single-file self-installer can also install silently i.e. without user interaction.
Pre-requisites for using this feature:
- You have created a SAP installation server using NWCreateInstServer.exe available with your SAP GUI CD, or inside the SETUP folder of any other SAP software installed using SAP Installer.
- You have SAP GUI Patch Level 8 or higher available.
Creating a self-installing package:
- If you haven’t already, apply the latest SAP GUI patch (PL8 or higher) to your installation server using NWSAPSetupAdmin.
- After the patch has been applied, start NWSAPSetupAdmin.exe (you will need .NET 2.0 to use this version).
- If you have not already created a package that contains your desired components, now is the time to do it.
- Once the package has been created, right-click the package(in the ‘Packages’ tree) and select menu option “Compress Package To Self Extractor”.
- Follow the wizard and you should get a single exe-self-extractor at the end of the process.
- Close NWSAPSetupAdmin.exe.
Deploying this package:
- Now, this singe self-extracting installer can be executed on any workstation to install your package.
- Follow the installation wizard.
- This self-installing package can be installed silently (i.e. without user-interaction) when invoked with the command-line parameter /silent.
How to analyse a problem:
- If you face problems with installing the self-installable package, use our Video Demo: Checking the health of SAP software installation on a Workstation.
- If you face problems with creating one, check first that your server has no missing files – via the Check-Server feature.
You can report problems by writing to this post. Remember to tell us when stuff works – that interests me too!.