How to install and configure Skype Silently using SCCM

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The following process has been tested and confirmed as working with Skype 6.16 and Configuration Manager (SCCM) R2.

The process involves downloading the MSI installer for Skype and customising it to suit your requirements.

In this example, we’ll be creating a Skype install which does the following tasks:

  • Installs Skype silently
  • Disables automatic startup when logging on
  • Removes the desktop shortcut
  • Return exit code to SCCM

1. Download the latest version of the MSI install for Skype here: http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-msi

SCCM-Skype12. Download and install Orca (a free MSI editor tool by Microsoft) here MicrosoftOrcaMSI.zip

3. Using Orca – open SkypeSetup.msi

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4. On the left hand menu click on ‘Registry’ 

5. Scroll down until you see the entry which includes ‘Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current\Version\Run’

6. Right-click on the line and choose ‘Drop Row’

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7. On the left hand menu click on ‘Shortcut’

8. Right-click on the row titled  ‘SkypeDesktopShortcut’ and choose ‘Drop Row’

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9. Save the changes and close Orca

10. Create a text file called install.cmd and copy in the following information

@echo off "%~dp0SkypeSetup.msi /passive /norestart
REM Return exit code to SCCM
exit /B %EXIT_CODE% 

11. Copy the customised SkypeSetup.msi and install.cmd to your software package share

12. You can now create your SCCM package or deploy the software by using install.cmd

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