SCCM Packages – Mathematica 8

I’m making a series of posts describing the package creation process for the applications my current lab image. This post is about Mathematica.


General Info

Installing Mathematica silently is incredibly simple; the setup executable can be called with the /silent switch. Licensing is done by creating a file called mathpass (no file extension) containing the host name of the license server. The mathpass file is then placed in the Mathematica install folder.


  1. Copy the Mathematica setup file to the SCCM package folder for Mathematica.
  2. Create a file in the source folder named “mathpass”. The file should contain 1 line: an apostrophe followed by the name of the license server. For example: !license-mathematica.domain.tld.
  3. Create a script named “Make-Shortcuts_Mathematica.ps1″ that creates the MathCAD shortcuts. For help creating a shortcut script see my previous blog post “Creating Shortcuts for SCCM Packages“.
    Use the following parameters:
    Target Path: “C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\8.0\mathematica.exe”
    Shortcut Name: “Mathematica 8.lnk”
  4. Create a batch file named “Install-mathematica.cmd” with the following contents:
    ECHO Installing Mathematica 8
    ECHO Do not close this window. It will close when the install is finished.
    REM Main Install
    Mathematica_8.0.4_WIN.exe /silent /suppressmsgboxes /log="C:\Windows\Temp\install.log"
    REM License
    xcopy /y .\mathpass "C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\8.0\Configuration\Licensing\"
    REM Shortcuts
    powershell -noprofile -command "& {$a = get-executionpolicy;If((get-executionpolicy) -ne 'Unrestricted'){set-executionpolicy unrestricted -force;}; .\Make-Shortcuts_Mathematica8.ps1; set-executionpolicy $a}"
    rmdir /s /q "%programdata%\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\wolfram mathematica"
  5. Assemble the files into a single source folder then create a SCCM package and program. The program’s command line action should be “install-mathematica.cmd”. The following is a screen shot of my final source folder.

Great! Only 30 more packages or so :/. Haha.


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