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HOWTO: Automating a Zetafax client install.



ID: ZTN1034

This Zetafax technical note applies to:

  • Zetafax Version 5, 6, 7 and 8.


The Zetafax client install program WKSETUP may be run with a number of switches to silently install the Zetafax client program ZETAFAX.EXE. These switches may be incorporated in a batch file and rolled out with SMS or similar to further automate the installation.

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Instructions to install the Zetafax client from a command line.

  1. Copy %windir%\ZETAFAX.INI from the Zetafax server computer to the %windir% of the target system.
  2. Edit ZETAFAX.INI so that it only contains the [ZETAFAX] and [SERVER] sections. The directory names can be specified with drive letters or UNC path names, but should not contain any spaces.  The ServerArea: line is not used (so don't worry if this directory is not visible from the workstation).
  3. Launch a command prompt on the target system to run zfax\SYSTEM\WKSETUP with the /q and /s switches, where 'zfax' is the name of the directory where the Zetafax server files are installed.  This will automatically install the Zetafax client program using the directories specified in the [SERVER] section.


xcopy \\servername\sharepoint\ZETAFAX.INI %windir%
\\servername\ZFAX\SYSTEM\WKSETUP /Q /S

  The above batch file would be run on each target client machine.

Note - with Zetafax 6.01 and later, "/h" can be used as an alternative to "/q".  "/q" will display error messages for some errors, and is intended for occasions when a user is present (eg a logon script).  "/h" (for "hush") is totally silent, eg for large scale unattended rollouts.

Last updated: 18th October 2005 (BM/EB)

First Published: 12 January 2000 (GC/GW)

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