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This page provides information on setting up Chaos Vantage through a silent installation and removing it through a silent uninstallation.


A silent installation allows you to complete Chaos Vantage installation without user input during the process using a predefined set of options. To set up a silent installation, you need to perform two steps: creating an .xml file and running the installer.

You can remove Chaos Vantage from your machine similarly through a silent uninstall.


Installer Arguments

You can run the installation file from command prompt with the following arguments:

-helpPrints available arguments for the installer executable.

Specifies path to an installation configuration file.


Specifies if a Graphic User Interface will be used or a command line one during installation:

0 – No Graphic User Interface will be visible, installation will be in command line

1 – installation will be with a Graphic User Interface

-debugSpecifies the level of debug logging by the installer. Defaults to 0 and assumes a value of 1 if argument is provided with no value.
-autoSpecifies if the installation will be automatic with default settings and forces the -quiet argument

Specifies whether the automatic installation will be without user input. Defaults to 1

0 – installation will require user input and will ask for a confirmation of each variable before proceeding. It will also print log in the console.

1 – installation will be without user input. EULA will be accepted automatically.


Specifies whether the  installer will perform backup on previous installation.

0 – previous installation will not be backed up

1 – previous installation will be backed up



Creating the .xml file

Run the installation file from the command prompt with the -gui=0 argument.

e.g. vantage_1.6.2.exe -gui=0

Follow the instructions of the install and set-up the installation the way you want to have it on all machines. This will create a file named config.xml in the folder of the installation file.



Running the installer

In the second step you run the installer with the following command:


vantage_1.6.2.exe -gui=0 -configFile="xml_file.xml" -quiet=1 -auto

Configuration File

The config.xml file holds configuration information about the settings of the installation. Below is an example of such a config file.

Example installer config XML file: ChaosVantageSilentInstall.xml


 <Value Name="DESKTOP_SHORTCUT" DataType="value">1</Value>
 <Value Name="REGISTRY_PROG_ID" DataType="value">Chaos.Vantage</Value>
 <Value Name="STDROOT" DataType="value">C:\Program Files\Chaos Group\Vantage</Value>
 <Value Name="REMOTE_LICENSE" DataType="value">0</Value>
 <Value Name="DESKTOP_PATH" DataType="value">C:\Users\USER_NAME\Desktop</Value>
 <Value Name="REVERT_INSTALL" DataType="value">1</Value>
 <Value Name="ASSOCIATE_VANTAGE" DataType="value">1</Value>
 <Value Name="FIREWALL_EXCEPTION" DataType="value">1</Value>
 <Value Name="INSTALL_TYPE" DataType="value">0</Value>
 <Value Name="PROGRAMFILES" DataType="value">C:\Program Files</Value>
 <Value Name="APPDATALOCAL" DataType="value">C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local</Value>
 <Value Name="INSTALL_CGLS" DataType="value">1</Value>
 <Value Name="REVERT_UNINSTALL" DataType="value">0</Value>
 <Value Name="STARTMENUPROG" DataType="value">C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs</Value>
 <Value Name="COMMONFILES" DataType="value">C:\Program Files\Common Files</Value>
 <Value Name="SEND_USER_FEEDBACK" DataType="value">1</Value>

Please note that USER_NAME is specific for the currently logged user.

Below is a description of the common variables that can be defined in the .xml file:



Specifies whether a desktop shortcut for Chaos Vantage is created:

0 - No desktopr shortcut for Chaos Vantage is created.

1 - Creates a desktop shortcut for Chaos Vantage.

Specifies how Chaos Vantage is added in the windows registry. Default is Chaos.Vantage.
Specifies the installation folder for Chaos Vantage. Default location is C:\Program Files\Chaos Group\Vantage.

Specifies whether the Chaos license server runs locally or on another machine:

0 - The license server runs locally on the same machine.

1 - The server is on a different machine in the network.

Specifies the desktop folder path where the desktop shortcut of Chaos Vantage is generated. Default location is C:\Users\USER_NAME\Desktop.

Specifies whether the installation is reverted and copied files are deleted if errors occur that prevent the install process to continue:

0 - Copied files are not deleted if errors occur.

1 - Copied files are deleted if errors occur.


Specifies whether .vantage files are assosiated and opened from the windows explorer with Chaos Vantage:

0 - .vantage files are not assosiated and cannot be opened from the windows explorer with Chaos Vantage.

1 - .vantage files are assosiated and can be opened from the windows explorer with Chaos Vantage


Specifies whether to add a Firewall Exception for the Chaos license server:

0 - Does not add a Firewall Exception the Chaos license server.

1 - Adds a Firewall Exceptionthe Chaos license server.


Specifies the installation type:

0 – Workstation.

Specifies the Program files folder location. Default location is C:\Program Files.
Specifies the local Application data folder location. Default location is C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local.

Specifies whether to install the Chaos license server:

0 - Does not install Chaos license server.

1 - Installs the Chaos license server.


Specifies whether the uninstall is reverted and installed files are not deleted if errors occur that prevent the uninstall process to continue:

0 - Installed files are deleted if errors occur.

1 - Installed files are not deleted if errors occur.
Specifies the Start menu programs folder location. Default location is C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
Specifies the windows' Common files folder location. Default location is C:\Program Files\Common Files.

Controls whether the user feedback system will be used:

0 – disables user feedback system.

1 – enables user feedback system.

This section specifies the client license settings.
Primary license server's IP Address.
Alternate license server's 1 IP Address.
Alternate license server's 2 IP Address.