For details of how to obtain this utility, please see Installing Nomad tools for operating system deployment.

The format of the Nomad command-line is as follows:

SMSNomad.exe [switches] InstallCommandLine

Where InstallCommandLine is the command-line required for the target installation. For example:

SMSNomad.exe --wr=20 setup.exe
SMSNomad.exe msiexec.exe /i install.msi /qn
The double dash is required to distinguish the Nomad command-line switches from the Configuration Manager command-line switches.

The following table shows the Nomad command-line switches and their description:

SwitchDefault valueDescription

Use this option to enable the use of double slash arguments in the target command-line (required by cscript.exe). For example, the following command-line sets cscript to not display its logo while running:

smsnomad.exe --// cscript.exe //Nologo


 The content identifier.



Supported in dd-alone mode only.


Can be used to override the cache path (destination directory) of the download. This does not support peer sharing. As the new CachePath location is not shared, peer machines will not be able to copy from this cache. This feature is suitable for bandwidth throttled downloads to single machines. This value is set for the duration of the program.

When modifying the cache path using cp the relocated cache will not be cleaned out by the cache cleaner.
9The debug level. This value is set in the registry and is retained.
  • 1 – minimal logging
  • 9 – registry changes
  • 25 – increased logging. Should only be used if requested by 1E support
Specifies the Nomad SECure format in which data is downloaded from the DP/peer. Values are:

  • 0 – original - Nomad SECure is not used
  • 1 – compressed + signed
  • 2 – compressed + signed + encrypted

Compression is required for encryption. Signing is automatically enabled if compressed.


The hash for the package to download and used to verify the integrity of the package on the DP.

 Stands for hash first. If the package is partially available in the local cache, causes a hash check to run on it. If the hash check passes, the cached package is used and no download occurs. Since hash check runs by default on fully downloaded packages, this switch is relevant only for partially downloaded content.
 Causes SMSNomad to quit immediately after downloading the package instead of waiting for the package command line to finish.
 Specifies that this package may be multicast if required. If multicast is not licensed, a warning is logged and the standard peer-to-peer functionality used. This value is set for the duration of the program.
 Turns peer-to-peer communications off for the duration of the current package transfer.

Priority for keeping the cache. Use values between 1 (lowest priority) and 9 (highest priority).

If 0 is specified, then the default 1 is used.


Package identifier for the package to download.


Sets PackagePath to be the directory containing the source files to be downloaded prior to installation. This value is set for the duration of the program. Supported in standalone mode only.

This option is required in standalone mode.

This option enables Nomad to download a package without the need to run any executable in the package. Supported in standalone mode only. It replaces the need for a dummy program command-line, for example:

“cmd.exe /c echo nothing”
 This standalone mode option should be used when running Nomad independently of Configuration Manager. The --pp package path option is mandatory if this option is used. This value is set for the duration of the program.
 As above however if the package is already cached, unlike --s, --s2 will re-run the target command line.

Duration (in seconds) after which the download will time out.


Version of the package to download.

80The work rate. This is the proportion of available (i.e. free) bandwidth. The range is 1 to 100, although it is not a simple percentage. This value is set for the duration of the program. If using intra-day work rates and the --wr switch only then the lower of the two values is used. For more details on intra-day work rates. See Setting intra-day work rates for more details.
 Override the intra-day work rate. When --wro and --wr are combined on the Nomad command-line then the value for the --wr  switch will be used in preference to the intra-day work rate set in the registry.

If only the --wro switch is used then any intra-day value is overridden with a default maximum of 80%.

See Setting intra-day work rates for more details.