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I'm trying to write an installer for an internal application we wrote. After it installs our application it then installs MySQL using the .msi installer in silent mode. I specify the install dir and data dir to that of a directory within my application's install directory, such as:

msiexec /i @@MYSQL_INSTALLER_FILE@@ /qn 

(the @@variable@@'s are replace by my installer routine using InstallJammer)

Once installed, I use mysqld.exe to install a windows service with a custom service name and defaults file like so:

mysqld.exe --install CustomMySQL --defaults-file="@@INSTALL_DIR@@\MySQL\my.ini"

This works fine as long as there is not already another instance of MySQL installed. If there is it silently fails to install MySQL. Running the msi installer manually (double-click) shows an error that a previous version is already installed and just aborts.

Is there a way to automate installing MySQL as an isolated instance, regardless of whether another version/instance is already installed?

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Oh yes there is.

For one thing, I am not a big fan of using .msi for MySQL.

I like doing the following to create a full Windows service without using .msi

01) Download the no-install zip of MySQL to your desktop.

02) Open the Zip File in Window1. You should see the data folder, bin folder, several my.ini files and other files.

03) Create a Server Folder and a Data Folder in a Desired Location. For this example, in a DOS Window, do the following :

md C:\MySQLServer
md C:\MySQLData

04) Open C:\MySQLServer in Window Explorer (Window2)

05) Copy and Paste the Zip Contents (Window1) into the C:\MySQLServer (Window2)

06) Open C:\MySQLServer\data in Windows Explorer (Window3)

07) Open C:\MySQLData in Window Explorer (Window4)

08) Copy and Paste the Contents of C:\MySQLServer\data (Window3) into C:\MySQLData (Window4)

09) Close Window3 and Window4

10) Open a DOS Window and run the following DOS commands

cd C:\MySQLServer
copy my-medium.ini my.ini
notepad my.ini
define datadir="C:\\MySQLData"
cd C:\MySQLServer\bin
mysqld --install MySQLNew
net start MySQLNew

11) Close all Windows

You should be done !!!

Let us know how it turned out !!!

BTW The service name turns out as MySQLNew

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This doesn't exactly solve installing using the msi, but at least it works. Any idea where the noinstall package for 5.5 is? I could only find 5.1. –  Abram Feb 15 '11 at 16:47
1. Goto mysql.com/downloads/mysql 2. You will see 2 MSI Installers and 3 ZIP Archives. Choose any of the three ZIP files (2 are 32-bit,last on is 64-bit) –  RolandoMySQLDBA Feb 15 '11 at 17:05
Thanks. Previous versions had used 'noinstall' in the name and would have another zip file without noinstall so I wasn't sure if these were the correct ones or not. –  Abram Feb 15 '11 at 18:18
Thanks for the instructions. This is far more easy and intuitive than running the installer, and with the added benefit that it actually doesn't throw an error 1067. Sometimes I think installers have started to create more work then they solve and actually make fairly smart people ignorant. –  user80031 May 1 '11 at 6:37
Rolando, Your solution is quite smart. I mucked around with the MSIs and got so frustrated. Although, in Windows 7, I had to turn off User Account Control [UAC] in Control Panel in order to get your solution to work. You are brilliant. Cheers. –  user87205 Jul 10 '11 at 23:54

I hope this answers it for you: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/447427/multiple-mysql-instances-on-a-single-machine

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Sorry, it doesn't (thanks for the try though). I'm not trying to manually configure multiple instances, that's easy, I'm trying to install a separate physical instance altogether using a silent installer via MySQL's msi file. What I am trying to avoid is to associate the install with any existing version installed (older or newer). Currently if a newer version exists the msi will just fail. –  Abram Feb 10 '11 at 18:55

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