Thoughts about setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio
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Ever since I posted my original instructions for chaining unattended installation of the Visual Studio .NET Prerequisites, Visual Studio and MSDN, I have had a few customers who tried these steps out and had problems getting the steps to work. So as a result I want to write a new post where I give better detail and clarify each of the steps to make this unattended installation process easier to understand and implement.
To start with you should stage Visual Studio bits to a network share so that you can use this as your installation source later on. You can accomplish that with the following steps (also described in the VS readme):
Now that you have a network image, you can create the unattended INI files to install VS Prerequisites, VS and MSDN using the following steps:
There are a couple of gotchas that I have seen that you should keep an eye out for when following these instructions:
There are a couple of advanced tricks that you can use when creating these unattend scripts as well:
As always, let me know if you have questions or problems with any of the above steps....