SharePoint: Script to Install All Application Templates

I referred to couple of posts to help you install WSS v3 application templates. If you followed those instructions to a tee, then you would have been successful in installing the application templates. However, installing 20 or 40 templates using that method made me cranky 😉

Why not install all of them using a script? Well here it is (idea originated from Dustin Miller) which I used to first add the templates and then deploy them.

Note: Make sure Windows SharePoint Services Administration service is running.

Just include this in your script if you want

net start spadmin

Now extract all you Application Templates in a folder. For example c:wssv3WSS_Server_Admin_Templates

Create a batch file with this code (Place this in the same folder where you have the templates)

for %%f in (*.wsp) do “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINstsadm.exe” -o addsolution -filename %%f

Run this.

Create another batch file with this code (Place this in the same folder where you have the templates)

for %%f in (*.wsp) do “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINstsadm.exe” -o deploysolution -allowgacdeployment -immediate -name %%f

pause

I have added stop command for Windows SharePoint Services Administration service and also a pause. Just in case you want to see, if everything went well. Don’t worry. If there was any issue, you would see when the batch file is processing. Basically the deploy solution takes some time.

Done!

19 Replies to “SharePoint: Script to Install All Application Templates”

  1. Hi.

    I seen to be as confused as everyone else. Where ever i look i see what you’ve written below.

    for %%f in (*.wsp) do “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINstsadm.exe” -o addsolution -filename %%f

    Run this.

    Create another batch file with this code (Place this in the same folder where you have the templates)

    for %%f in (*.wsp) do “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINstsadm.exe” -o deploysolution -allowgacdeployment -immediate -name %%f

    No one seems to know what the “for %%f in (*.wsp)” means. What should i be putting at the -name %%f part at the end of the string ?

    Regards

    Andy Williams

  2. Hi Andy!

    The problem is with the quotation marks. I solved it by putting the stsadm.exe path to the system’s path enviroment variable. Working great. best regards

  3. l0RD, thanks for your inputs.

    Andy you run this in a script and it refers to the files in the same location as the script. So your script should be in the same folder as the application templates. You don’t put individual filename, that is taken care of by the %%f bits.

  4. I noticed if I copied and pasted the code above into a batch file the “” characters didnt work and the script failed.

    All you have to do to get it to work is to delete the quotation marks and re-enter them

  5. I am having trouble with this script as well.

    It is executing the stsadm.exe command from the diretory that has the templates in it.

    ie:
    c:wss_templatesc:program filescommon filesmicrosoft sharedweb server extensions12binstsadm . . .

    is not a recognized command

    How can I change the directory within the batch file, so that it executes stsadm inside the correct directory?

    Thanks for the help.

  6. Basically you just make 2 batch files in the same folder that you extracted all the templates (.wsp files) to. I named them installtemplatesstep1.bat and installtemplatesstep2.bat.

    Then when I copied the code, it imported some jacked up quotes so I had to open the .bat files and manually type in the quotes to fix the syntax issue.

  7. I tried the script and I got the same error myself but try to revised the batch to this format:

    for %%f in (*.wsp) do “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINstsadm.exe” -o addsolution -filename %%f

    and…

    for %%f in (*.wsp) do “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINstsadm.exe” -o deploysolution -allowgacdeployment -immediate -name %%f

    adding ” (qoutation marks) made it work fine. It was a fine Batch file that need some tune up. Thanks alot.

  8. Easier to read…

    1. Right click on My Computer and choose Properties

    2. Advanced tab, Environmental Variables

    3. In the System variables section, scroll to Path, highlight it and choose Edit

    4. In the Variable value box, go to the very end, put a semicolon, then paste in:
    C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BIN
    Note: There is no space between the semicolon and the path.

    5. Click OK to close the windows

    6. Save this as template1.bat:
    for %%f in (*.wsp) do stsadm.exe -o addsolution -filename %%f
    Note: Save this in the same folder as your WSP files

    7. Save this as template2.bat:
    for %%f in (*.wsp) do stsadm.exe -o deploysolution -allowgacdeployment -immediate -name %%f

    Note: Save this in the same folder as your WSP files

    8. You can either run this in the Windows GUI or via Command Prompt as I prefer.

    Done.

  9. Followed the instructions written by the person below and it worked perfectly! THANKS!!!!

    Supergeek915 said,
    Wrote on March 20, 2008 @ 7:51 am

    Easier to read…

  10. Awesome. Its such a simple script but it takes so many keystrokes out of my carpal tunnel. Thanks a bunch man!

  11. Hello alpesh,

    could you please mentioned how to deploy role based templates? is there any standerd method for this or any documentation?

    Best Regards,
    Amol

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