Moving around from client to client, I have one recurring job – installing Siebel Tools and the Siebel Web Client. I’ve done this dozens of times, with dozens of different Windows builds, and it always takes way longer than it should.
Siebel 6 Client and Tools were delivered using InstallShield, which just worked – and why wouldn’t it, those components have always been Windows only. OUI does try hard, bless it, but it always seems to be on the lookout for ways to make things difficult.
If the Siebel installation software is on a network drive, and you don’t have access to your local “Administrator” user, you may be used to the OUI “setup.bat” running for 30 seconds, unpacking a load of crap to your hidden AppData\Temp folder and then falling silent. I certainly am. It would seem that OUI likes to run elevated and hates running from a UNC path. Mapping a drive then running a CMD prompt as administrator doesn’t help, as Windows will not give Administrator access to your personally mapped drives.
Thanks to Winability.com, there’s a way around this. Add a simple DWORD registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System/EnableLinkedConnections = 1
Reboot, map a drive to your Siebel installation folder. Run CMD as administrator, CD to your required installation folder and run setup.bat