SonicWall NetExtender Silent Install (How-To Guide)


SonicWall’s SSL VPN NetExtender allows you to provide easy and secure access to Windows users. This transparent software enables remote users to securely connect and run any application on the company network. Users can upload and download files, mount network drives, and access resources as if they were on the local network. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of SonicWall NetExtender from the command line using both EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install SonicWall NetExtender Silently

SonicWall NetExtender 32-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
  2. Select the Windows EXE 32 bit version from the drop-down
  3. Click Download
  4. Download the NXSetupU-x86-x.y.z.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command: NXSetupU-x86-x.y.z.exe /S
  8. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the SonicWall NetExtender Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SonicWall NetExtender
Vendor:SonicWall Inc.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch NXSetupU-x86-x.y.z.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System) "%ProgramFiles%\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender\uninst.exe" /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System) "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender\uninst.exe" /S
Download Link:https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/sonicwall-netextender-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-sonicwall-netextender-powershell/

SonicWall NetExtender 64-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
  2. Select the Windows EXE 64 bit version from the drop-down
  3. Click Download
  4. Download the NXSetupU-x64-x.y.z.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command: NXSetupU-x64-x.y.z.exe /S
  8. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the SonicWall NetExtender Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SonicWall NetExtender
Vendor:SonicWall Inc.
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch NXSetupU-x64-x.y.z.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender\uninst.exe" /S
Download Link:https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/sonicwall-netextender-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-sonicwall-netextender-powershell/

SonicWall NetExtender 32-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
  2. Select the Windows 32 bit version from the drop-down
  3. Click Download
  4. Download the NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command: 
    • MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
  8. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the SonicWall NetExtender Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SonicWall NetExtender
Vendor:SonicWall Inc.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Silent Uninstall SwitchMsiExec.exe /x NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Repair Command MsiExec.exe /fa NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Download Link:https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/sonicwall-netextender-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-sonicwall-netextender-powershell/

SonicWall NetExtender 64-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
  2. Select the Windows 64 bit version from the drop-down
  3. Click Download
  4. Download the NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command: 
    • MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
  8. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the SonicWall NetExtender Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

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Software Title:SonicWall NetExtender
Vendor:SonicWall Inc.
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Silent Uninstall SwitchMsiExec.exe /x NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Repair Command MsiExec.exe /fa NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Download Link:https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/sonicwall-netextender-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-sonicwall-netextender-powershell/

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create a SonicWall NetExtender Installation Log File

The SonicWall NetExtender MSI installers offer the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

SonicWall NetExtender 32-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\NetExtender-Install.log"

SonicWall NetExtender 64-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\NetExtender-Install.log"

Change the SonicWall NetExtender Default Installation Directory

You can also change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing SonicWall NetExtender to “C:\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender”

NXSetupU-xXX-x.y.z.exe /S /D=C:\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender

Pre-Populate the Server & Domain Login Fields

In this example the server name is ServerXYZ & the domain is vpn.companyxyz.com

MsiExec.exe /i NetExtender-xXX-x.y.z.MSI REBOOT=ReallySuppress SERVER=ServerXYZ DOMAIN=vpn.companyxyz.com /qn

How to Uninstall SonicWall NetExtender Silently

Check out the SonicWall NetExtender Install and Uninstall (PowerShell) post for a scripted solution.

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

SonicWall NetExtender 32-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender\uninst.exe" /S

SonicWall NetExtender 32-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender\uninst.exe" /S

SonicWall NetExtender 64-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\SonicWall\SSL-VPN\NetExtender\uninst.exe" /S

SonicWall NetExtender 32-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x NetExtender-x86-x.y.z.MSI REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

SonicWall NetExtender 64-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x NetExtender-x64-x.y.z.MSI REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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