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Topic: «RAdmin 3.3 Automated Installation, VBS Script to install RAdmin Server 3.3» on forum: Network management general discussion
12/31/2008 07:00:04
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I thought I might post this to help some of you out there who are trying to upgrade your clients to RAdmin Server 3.3. I openly admit that I am far from being any sort of developer, so please feel free to toss out suggestions for improving the VBScript code. The code below also cleans up any remnants from older versions, such as dead icons or folders.

The script below was used to uninstall older RAdmin Server clients from over 5,000 computers, which worked nicely. I have summarized how I did it below for anyone who might be interested.

Bon appetite.

1. Installed the RAdmin Activation Server, available on this web site.
2. Installed the RAdmin Deployment Tool, available on this site.
3. Created a new MSI package with my specific RAdmin Server settings.
4. Pointed the newly created MSI package at my RAdmin Activation server.
5. Created a RAdmin deployment services account in Active Directory.
6. Created a RAdmin deployment security group.
7. Added my service account to the RAdmin security group.
8. Created a Restricted Groups GPO and added my RAdmin security group and applied it to the Local Administrators group (
9. Bundled my VBscript into an executable, elevating the privileges for the installation, which used my service account (A sort of RunAs). I used the “Admin Script Editor” packaging tool to create this executable, which allowed me to update all nodes, regardless if they were “locked down” or not. (
10. Deployed the executable in a login script.

Note: For older RAdmin versions (i.e. 2.0, 2.2, etc) that were silently installed using a BAT file or VBScript, you can use the commands below to uninstall older versions. The reason is that when you silently install older RAdmin versions, it only installs services and DLL’s, so there is no uninstall string in the registry.

BAT File to Silently Uninstall Older Versions that were Silently Installed (i.e. 2.0, 2.2)
@echo off
C:\windows\system32\r_server.exe /stop
C:\windows\system32\r_server.exe /unregister
C:\windows\system32\r_server.exe /uninstall /silence

VBScript to Uninstall Previous RAdmin Server Clients and Install RAdmin 3.3
''' Automated RAdmin Update Script to install RAdmin 3.3 Server
''' The script uninstalls all previous RAdmin Versions start at v2.
''' Written by Andrew Nova for HUB International, December 2008

On Error Resume Next
strComputer = "."
Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
Const HKLM = &H80000002
Const OverwriteExisting = True
Const DeleteReadOnly = True


KeyExists = "0"
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall"
MyFileServer = "\\YourFileServer\YourFolder\YourSUBfolder"

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("Wscript.Network") 'get the current computer name
objComputerName = objNetwork.ComputerName

''' Get Windows Default Directory
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * From Win32_OperatingSystem")

For Each objItem In colItems
WinDir = objItem.WindowsDirectory

''' Create Software Folder if it doesnt exist
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
If Not objFSO.FolderExists("C:\RAdmin.Software") Then
Set objFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder("C:\RAdmin.Software")
End If

''' Create the version Array
Dim MyRVersion(6)
MyRVersion(0) = "Remote Administrator v2.0"
MyRVersion(1) = "Remote Administrator v2.1"
MyRVersion(2) = "Remote Administrator v2.2"
MyRVersion(3) = "Radmin Server 3.0"
MyRVersion(4) = "Radmin Server 3.1"
MyRVersion(5) = "Radmin Server 3.2"
MyRVersion(6) = "Radmin Server 3.3"

''' Loop through the Array to see what versions are installed.
For x = 0 To 6

Set objReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!" & "root\default:StdRegProv")
objReg.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys

For Each subkey In arrSubKeys
objReg.GetStringValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "" & subkey, "DisplayName", DisplayName

If DisplayName = MyRVersion(x) Then
objReg.GetStringValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "" & subkey, "UninstallString", UninstallString

If DisplayName = "Radmin Server 3.3" Then
End If

RAdminVersion = Left(DisplayName,20)

If RAdminVersion = "Remote Administrator" Then

Uninstallme = WinDir & "\system32\r_server.exe /uninstall /silence"
DelSFile = WinDir & "\system32\r_server.exe"
DelDLL = WinDir & "\system32\raddrv.dll"
MyRAFolder = "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs" & DisplayName
RAFolder = "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs"

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.DeleteFile(MyRAFolder & "\*"), DeleteReadOnly

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.DeleteFolder(RAFolder & "\Remote Administrator*")

Set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" & DisplayName
objReg.DeleteKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath

Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objShell.Run Uninstallme, ,True
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.DeleteFile DelSFile,True
objFSO.DeleteFile DelDLL,True


MyNewString = Replace(Uninstallstring,"MsiExec.exe /X","")
MyUnInstall = "MsiExec.exe /norestart /q/x" & MyNewString & " /L*V " & "C:\RAdmin.Software\RAdmin.Uninstall.log"

Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objShell.Run MyUnInstall, ,True

End If
End If

''' Copy MSI file to the C drive.
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.CopyFile MyFileServer & "RAdmin.3.3.Install.msi" , "C:\RAdmin.Software", OverwriteExisting

''' Set the MSI Install Command and install package
RScommand = "C:\\RAdmin.3.3.Install.msi" & " REBOOT=ReallySuppress /Quiet" & " /L*V " & _

Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objShell.Run RScommand, ,True

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