Last week, someone asked me about how to perform automated installations of the Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions. They were trying to use steps similar to what I previously documented for automating the installation of the higher-level versions of Visual Studio 2005 but finding that they did not work.
The underlying issue is that the Express Editions were not designed to support unattended installations like the other Visual Studio versions. There are ways to work around this limitation, but they are fairly involved. Instead of trying to document how to do this in a single step, I am going to create a couple of articles
The first step required to automate the installation of Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions is to create a network install point that can be used to install from. I have posted an article that contains a couple of options that you can choose from to create a network install point for one of the Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions.
I will be creating additional blog articles in the near future to complete this picture. They will explain how to script the install of the various pieces that make up Express Edition setup and how to create a network install point for multiple Express Editions. Stay tuned....