created the install package with the wizard, tested the install just fine. Now my .exe file that has the codes is now showing up as a short cut only. I've attached what I see in explorer and the script when I open it with notepad ++
Welcome to the community.
Nothing is attached.
Is this a deployment wizard?
Is there a reason you needed to create a deployment instead of just running the setup?
I see. If you just run the shortcut, does it launch the installer? That's the purpose of creating the deployment.
Did you make your deployment correctly?
You need to make a shared folder on the server with full write access to everyone and configure the deployment to run via that UNC path. I recommend \\servername\share, with full control to the everyone built-in user account. I also recommend that you uncheck silent mode if you are having issues.
Don't use drive letters in your deployment or forget to set sharing *and* folder permissions on the location of the files.
Additionally, I do not recommend including a service pack with the deployment, initially. Get everything working and tested first.