In this Article i will tell you how to create Custom EXEs with Smart Install Maker.
How to Create Custom EXEs with Smart Install Maker
- Download and install Smart Install Maker. **Note: A “full” copy of Smart Install Maker is $99. If you do not purchase a full copy, you can use SIM for 30 days, though each execution of a custom EXE will display a “You are using a Demo” popup window. The install of SIM is pretty straightforward.
- Launch SIM. On the Installer | General options screen, specify a name for the custom installation package in the Save as heading which determines where the final executable will be saved. In this example, SIM will save the custom EXE (CustomSetup.exe) into the C:\Temp\Receiver folder.
- On the Installer | Files options screen, click the plus icon (highlighted below) to add files to the project.
- Chick on the Add Item window, click the folder icon to the right of the Source file heading.
- On the Open window, select the Citrix Receiver installation executable as well as any required BAT files and click Open.
- When returned to the Add Item window, change the Destination directory and click OK. The destination directory is simply the location to which the process will copy any necessary files. In this example, I changed the destination directory to C:\CitrixRec…when the custom EXE is executed on a remote computer, a C:\CitrixRec directory will be created which contains the files added into the project.
- On the Installer | Dialogs options screen, select Silent installation and change the Destination Path to C:\CitrixRec.
- click On the Installer | Commands options screen, click the plus icon (highlighted below) to command files to the project.
- On the Add Item screen, click the select file icon (highlighted below) to add command files to the package.
- On the top level menu, click Project | Build Installer.
- The project will begin to compile as shown below. Click OK when compiling has completed successfully.
- On the Compile screen, click Test if you want to test the new executable from the compile screen; otherwise click Close.
- Verify the success/failure of the package and make changes as required to the .BAT file. Once the package performs as desired, deploy and test the custom EXE to a pilot group, and then map out a strategy for deploying to the organization.