This entry provides instructions for “silently” installing MySQL on a Microsoft Windows server. I use the term “silent install” to describe the method of passing parameters to the Microsoft Installation Package (MSI) to bypass installation screens. This allows you to deploy MySQL with your application and to install MySQL without end-user intervention. The developer can define the install location, the appropriate storage engines, the root password and the server configuration.
Most application developers use some sort of software for creating an application installer. Common tools include Install Shield, Wise Installation, InstallBuilder and Windows Installer. These installation software tools can also be used to install MySQL by launching the MySQL MSI and the MySQL Instance configuration utility ( MySQLInstanceConfig.exe ) from the command-line.
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