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By default the Sophos Cloud endpoint installer is a 'slim installer' in that it needs to connect to the Internet during the installation to download further software. This article provides information on how to package up the Sophos Cloud installer for Windows computers in order to prevent a large initial update from the Internet. This 'full installer' package may also be referred to as a 'fat installer'.
This may be required where:
Applies to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s) Sophos Cloud
Operating systems Windows
Gathering the files required to build the installer
Creating the self-extracting installer
You should now have the following files:
Note: The following steps focus on one specific method of creating a self extracting archive using the Windows in-built application 'IExpress'. There are a number of common third-party utilities such as 7-Zip that are cable of creating a self-extracting archive which can run a command line such as SophosInstall.exe -q. For more information on possible command line parameters to SophosInstall.exe see article 120613.
Important: If you intend on using IExpress to generate the package, it is recommended to carry out the following steps on Windows XP/2003 computer if you will need to run the package on these platforms. During testing, creating a package using iexpress.exe on a Windows 7 computer failed to run run on an XP computer but creating the package on XP ran successfully on Windows 7 as an example.
Click 'Next' once all three files have been added.
cscript.exe //b //nologo SophosInstall.vbs
Unless required, Choose the 'No restart' option and click 'Next'.
It is recommended to save a Self Extraction Directive (SED) file to disk to help automate the rebuild of the package in the future. Once complete click 'Next'.
Click 'Next' on the 'Create package' page to initiate the build process.
Click 'Finish'. You should now have a 'SophosInstallFull.exe' file in the location specified in step 11 above.
This full installer can be run on multiple computers to install the Sophos Cloud client. Once the computers register with Sophos Cloud, users will be automatically created from the logged on username. These can be edited later as required to better reflect the user of the device.
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