In this case, a customer was trying to install Softimage 2013 using SIDeploy -i, but the install silently failed.
What’s SIDeploy you may ask?
It’s an [unsupported backdoor] way to install Softimage without running the full installer (the real installer does a lot of other stuff, plus it runs SIDeploy). People use it to do things like:
- Set a custom install path by editing SIDeploy.ini
- Work around the file path length limitation that can stop a network deployment.
- Avoid using network deployments to install on many machines
To use SIDeploy, you’d download the setup, extract the contents, and then do something like this:
set SIDEPLOYPATH=C:\Autodesk\Autodesk_Softimage_2013_English_Japanese_Win_64bit\x64\Softimage %SIDEPLOYPATH%\SIDeploy.exe -i -f %SIDEPLOYPATH%\SIDeploy.ini
So why did SIDeploy fail?
Because it’s unsupported 🙂 Seriously, the problem was that SIDeploy doesn’t install any prerequisites, like the Visual C++ 2010 runtimes.
Softimage 2013 switched up to Visual C++ 2010, so you need to have those prereqs installed already for SIDeploy to work.
You can find a list of prerequisites in C:\Autodesk\Autodesk_Softimage_2013_English_Japanese_Win_64bit\setup.ini.
(C:\Autodesk is where the installer extracts itself by default.)