Installing the client with MSI

You can use the Microsoft™ Installer (MSI) version of the BigFix client setup to perform the installation automatically.

The .msi client setup is named BigFixAgentMSI.msi and it is stored with its .mst files:
  • In the C:\Program Files (x86)\BigFix Enterprise\BES Installers\ClientMSI folder of the Windows server.
  • In the ServerInstaller_9.5.15.71-rhe6.x86_64/repos/ClientMSI-9.5.15.71 folder of the Linux server.
To install the client, you also need the actionsite.afxm masthead file, which is stored:
  • In the C:\Program Files (x86)\BigFix Enterprise\BES Installers\ClientMSI folder of the Windows server.
  • In the /var/opt/BESInstallers/Client folder of the Linux server.

To install the BigFix client using the .msi setup, perform the following steps:

  1. Copy BigFixAgent.msi setup, its .mst files and the actionsite.afxm masthead file to a folder of your target computer, for instance C:\ClientMSI.
  2. Run the BigFixAgent.msi setup.
    You can run the .msi from the command line like this:
    msiexec.exe /i BigFixAgent.msi /L*vx! "PathToLogFile" INSTALLDIR="PathToInstallationFolder" 
    TRANSFORMS=1033.mst REBOOT=ReallySuppress MSIRESTARTMANAGERCONTROL=Disable /qn

    L*vx! "PathToLogFile" are the logging options followed by a custom file path for the log file.

    INSTALLDIR is a property to specify the installation folder. You can omit it to install the client in the default folder.

    TRANSFORMS=transform.mst is a property to specify the transform file(s) to apply to the setup. Each .mst file contains a translation for the setup. For more information on this property, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/msi/transforms.

    The following table describes the supplied transform files, listed by language.

    Language Transform File name
    U.S. English 1033.mst
    German 1031.mst
    French 1036.mst
    Spanish 1034.mst
    Italian 1040.mst
    Brazilian Portuguese 1046.mst
    Japanese 1041.mst
    Korean 1042.mst
    Simplified Chinese 2052.mst
    Traditional Chinese 1028.mst

    REBOOT=ReallySuppress and MSIRESTARTMANAGERCONTROL=Disable are properties set to avoid rebooting the system after the installation.

    /qn is an option performs a silent installation. You can omit it to run the installation interactively.

    This example shows how to silently install the BigFix client in the default folder in the English language:
    msiexec.exe /i "BigFixAgent.msi" TRANSFORMS="1033.mst" 
    REBOOT=ReallySuppress MSIRESTARTMANAGERCONTROL=Disable /qn

    For more information on the command line options for the MSI engine, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/msi/command-line-options.