[en] Remote install through Group Policy

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[en] Problem

[en] You use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (renamed Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) in 2020) for centralized system management and enterprise-wide administration. SCCM/MECM provides comprehensive tools for change and configuration management, patch management, and software distribution for Windows platforms through Group Policy and allows you to push out relevant operating systems, applications, and updates to your Windows users.


[en] Microsoft renamed SCCM starting in version 1910. MECM merged with Intune for desktop OS management.

[en] SCCM/MECM supports deployments with packages that run automated scripts to install software. You can use SCCM/MECM to deploy NiceLabel client software (Desktop Designer, Print, Automation, or Web Client) on computers in your printing environment. Installation is invisible to users, and software updates transmit to users’ computers in the background.

[en] You deploy packages in SCCM with Windows Installer files (.msi).

[en] Solution


[en] NiceLabel installer normally ships as an executable file (.exe). For an .msi NiceLabel installer, contact Technical Support.

[en] NiceLabel installer supports command-line switches you can use to control your installation:

  • [en] Select which components to install

  • [en] Enable logging

  • [en] Provide your Control Center URL

  • [en] Provide your license key

  • [en] Enable silent install

  • [en] and other settings

[en] .msi installers deploy with Microsoft msiexec.exe, which has its own command-line switches. To feed NiceLabel command-line parameters to .msi, use the CMDLINE parameter from msiexec.exe.

[en] For example, to:

  1. [en] Install NiceLabel Desktop Designer, but not NiceLabel Automation

  2. [en] Activate Desktop Designer with your license key

  3. [en] Register Desktop Designer on Control Center

  4. [en] Log your installation details

[en] Run the following:

msiexec.exe /i NiceLabel10.msi /quiet CMDLINE="/s /l /l=""C:\Windows\Logs\Software\NiceLabelInstallLog.txt"" ICONDESKTOP=TRUE DESIGNER=TRUE AUTOMATION=FALSE LICENSECODE=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX CONTROLCENTERSERVER=http://MyServer/EPM"

[en] Running installs NiceLabel silently and creates two installation logs:

  • [en] C:\Windows\Logs\Software\NiceLabelInstallLog.txt

  • [en] %TEMP%\lblinstall.log (%TEMP% refers to the temporary folder of the user account you use for installation).

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