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Thread: Build Time Variables don't work via Environment on Windows Server 2012 R2

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    Build Time Variables don't work via Environment on Windows Server 2012 R2

    We have an InstallAnywhere 2015 project configured with several Build Time Variables. These build time variables are set in the environment using IA_BTV_VARIABLE_NAME. The project runs just fine on Windows 7, but the same project pulled directly from the source repository does not work on Windows Server 2012 R2.

    When running on Windows Server 2012 R2, this statement is printed:
    [buildinstaller] Could not read environmental variables from the system for build time variables.

    This is very odd since an administrator account is being used. Also, the variables are visible via the Command Prompt, PowerShell, and even Ant. So it is a mystery why InstallAnywhere 2015 is unable to read them.

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    There happens to be a work around for this problem. Tell Windows to run the InstallAnywhere 2015 JRE in Windows 7 Compatibility mode. In a default install, the JRE is here: C:\Program Files (x86)\InstallAnywhere 2015\jre\bin\java.exe. This allows InstallAnywhere to use the environment for build time variables on Windows 8/Server 2012 and higher.

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