Installing the client with MSI

You can use the Microsoft™ Installer (MSI) version of the client to interpret the package and perform the installation automatically. This MSI version of the client (BigFixAgentMSI.msi) is stored in the BESInstallers\ClientMSI folder of the Windows server and in the /ServerInstaller_9.5.0.363-rhe6.x86_64/repos/ClientMSI folder of the Linux server.

To install the Windows client perform the following steps:

  1. Copy the BigFixAgent.msi program on the c:\BESInstallers\ClientMSI folder of a Windows system.
  2. If you do not run the BigFixAgent.msi program located in the BESInstallers\ClientMSI folder of the Windows server, you must copy the actionsite.afxm masthead located in the BigFix server, to the client installation directory that can be the default installation directory, %PROGRAM FILES%\BigFix Enterprise\BES Client, or a specific installation directory, INSTALLDIR="c:\myclient".
  3. Run the BigFixAgent.msi program in one of the following ways:
    • msiexec.exe /i c:\BESInstallers\ClientMSI\BigFixAgent.msi /T=TransformList /qn

      The /qn command performs a silent installation.

    • msiexec.exe /i c:\BESInstallers\ClientMSI\BigFixAgent.msi INSTALLDIR="c:\myclient" /T=TransformList

      This command installs the program in the specified directory (INSTALLDIR="c:\myclient").


    /T=TransformList specifies what transform files (.mst) must be applied to the package. TransformList is a list of paths separated by semicolons. The following table describes the supplied transform files, the resulting language, and the numerical value to use in the msiexec command line.

    Table 1. Transform file list

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

    You can find the full list of installation options at the Microsoft site Command-Line Options. To create a Group Policy Object (GPO) for BigFixAgent deployments, see Using GPO to deploy the BigFix Client.

  4. Start the BES client service.