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how to create MSI files?

By Melly ·
Was wondering if anyone could tell me how to create an MSI files for non ms software and how do i distribute it over a network.
My server OS is Win2k advanced server and my clients are win2k professional.
Any info or suggestions of websites to visit regarding MSI files are most welcome.
Thanks

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to how to create MSI files?

The msi install program is on the w2k cd in a folder called valueadded.(I don't remember the exact subfolder name.)
It basically makes a snapshot of the system before and after you install a program. That image file snapshot you could then use on another workstation. The documentation is among others in the msce 70-210 studyguide book. I don't know if its in the help.
Also check Article I Q231747 How to Publish non-MSI Programs with .zap Files.

If I find anythings else I will addd it as a comment.

regards,

Leopold

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to how to create MSI files?

How to Create a Third-Party MSI Package
For this process to work properly, you should start with a clean PC.
Start with a clean PC, or one that is representative of the computers in your network.


Start Discover to take a picture of the representative PC's software configuration. This is the Before snapshot.


Install a program on the PC on which you took the Before snapshot.


Reboot the PC.


Run the new program to verify that it works.


Quit the program.


Start Discover and take an After snapshot of the PC's new configuration. Discover compares the Before and the After snapshots and notes the changes. It creates a Microsoft Installer package with information about how to install that program on such a PC in the future.


(Optional) Use Veritas Software Console to customize the Microsoft Installer package.


Clean the reference computer to prepare to run Discover again.


(Optional) Perform a test installation of the program on non-production workstations.


To obtain support for Veritas Software Console, please contact Veritas.
REFERENCES
For more detailed step-by-step instructions, visit the following Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/management/veritas.asp
This link is contained in the following document that describes the basic technology and compares competing products:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/management/swinstall.asp
For a detailed description of the technology,consult the "Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Deployment Planning Guide," which is one of the volumes included with the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit.

For technical information about third-party products using MSI technology, see the following Web site:
http://www.installsite.org/

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by mangonmd In reply to how to create MSI files?

I created a custom IE package to deploy in our company using microsoft's ieak here's the URL...
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ieak/default.asp
Very easy to use, to deploy this you must be using active directory + policies

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