Hi.,

I am newbee in the App Packging field. Though I carry about a year experience in repackaging and deploying, I learned during my last interview with Wipro that I have lot to learn. Now am looking for an answer to few questions the Panel asked me during the interview. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. How to fix a self-healing loop of an application.
2. Why would you prefer Actve setup than run and Run as options.
3. How to create a patched MSI.
4. What is the advantages of Adminstudio over Wise Package Studio
5. How to find if an installation is per machine or per user in 3 steps
6. Which tool would you use to find an issue related to installation failure
7. How to install a file which is failed during an MSI installation using Installshield.
8. How to fix an MSI error "unble to access the file or source or check with vendor....." during an admin install. (user has admin rights and the network location is accesseble)
9. During a setup capture which files are captured or copied initially

Please help me with the answers of the above asap...

thanks in advance
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What is the advantages of Adminstudio over Wise Package Studio You had a lucky escape. This is an idiot question.
Answered 02/18/2012 by: VBScab
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:) You already have one year of experience, it's as easy as googling that info or experimenting and finding out for yourself! :)

Sounds like you just want to get a free pass. :)

VBScab sarcastic and brutal as always. ;)
Answered 02/18/2012 by: GrGrGr
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Hey thanks for the reply..

Just to add... My experience in App Packaging was pretty much limited to creating and applying transforms and deploy the same through SCCM. I never had an oppertunity to go through the above mentioned senarios or ever encountered any of these. Since my post was through an IJP, neitherI I had any sort of training of any kind. What ever that I learned through Google research only. I appreciate wot GrGrGr said about finding it by my self. I will try to find some info by my self. The reason why I posted this question here is that I respect the members experience in this field and was expecting some sort of explanation which will make me understand a bit more than just finding an answer...
Answered 02/19/2012 by: jammys
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I really question the interviewers. Which tool would you use to find an issue related to install failure? I dunno, how about the returned error code? And Q7 is strange, too.

Be happy you didn't get the job.
Answered 02/22/2012 by: Arminius
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no ideas
Answered 02/23/2012 by: sleekwebsite
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Agreed with Arminius.
Answered 02/23/2012 by: 786_ak
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So is the above questions came from WIPRO???

Good job bangalore~
Answered 02/29/2012 by: dinozilla
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ORIGINAL: jammys

Hi.,

I am newbee in the App Packging field. Though I carry about a year experience in repackaging and deploying, I learned during my last interview with Wipro that I have lot to learn. Now am looking for an answer to few questions the Panel asked me during the interview. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. How to fix a self-healing loop of an application.
2. Why would you prefer Actve setup than run and Run as options.
3. How to create a patched MSI.
4. What is the advantages of Adminstudio over Wise Package Studio
5. How to find if an installation is per machine or per user in 3 steps
6. Which tool would you use to find an issue related to installation failure
7. How to install a file which is failed during an MSI installation using Installshield.
8. How to fix an MSI error "unble to access the file or source or check with vendor....." during an admin install. (user has admin rights and the network location is accesseble)
9. During a setup capture which files are captured or copied initially

Please help me with the answers of the above asap...

thanks in advance



1) There are many ways to do this...You can pass no repair command from the command line or you can edit the MSI from within a Packaging tool to disable self-repair...

2) Active setup is designed to launch only once when a user signs in since it resides in the Runonce registry settings...Run and run as are designed to be run every time someone logs in...

3) There is no one way to patch an MSI...Do they mean patch as in a daisy chain install or an MSI bundled with a patch or patching it ourselves without touching the vendor's MSI? As opposed to .MSP or .MST? The question is a little vague...

4) This is very important question and any interviewer smart enough to know what he is doing will ask this question. The answer is simple: WPS requires SQL server or Express for its backend functionality and ODBC lookup. Such is not the case with Adminstudio. Adminstudio is a standalone application capable of doing that by itself. Also, WPS does not natively understand 64 bit applications specifically if the paths are hard coded. In order to make a 32 bit application run under 64 bit, under WPS you have to mess major big time with the MSI database. Adminstudio automatically understands where the 32 bit and 64 bit components go in any environment. WPS is history now that Symantec has discontinued it. Adminstudio is now the new sheriff in town.

5) One way to find out is to install and application under an Admin profile, logoff and login as another user and see if the application is advertised to you...

6) There are bunch of tools and the best most readily available is the Event Viewer...Third party tools can vary depending on what you want to check such as Filemon, Processmon, Portmon, dependency walkers e.t.c.

7)This question needs more clarification...How did it fail? There is no one failure, there can be many reasons...A particular scenario would be helpful...

8) The first thing this error is pointing to is drive mappings in the tables...I would see where the MSI is accessing the file from...Usually the error warning will reflect that...I would change the location of the MSI and see if it manually launches from there...

9) The first files copied during a setup capture would be the Installlocation of where the exe is throwing the MSI to be launched from...Then it captures the sequence which is in the MSI database...You wouldn't know that because differentr developers have different approaches to wrappering their applications...
Answered 03/16/2012 by: Repackman
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I'm struggling with which one is the bigger fool here: the interviewer who posed the questions, this respondent or me for dignifying it with a response. Still. Answer 4 gave me the biggest laugh of the week so thank you, at least, for that.
Answered 03/16/2012 by: VBScab
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ORIGINAL: VBScab

I'm struggling with which one is the bigger fool here: the interviewer who posed the questions, this respondent  or me for dignifying it with a response. Still. Answer 4 gave me the biggest laugh of the week so thank you, at least, for that.


I found your previous response laughable too...I am under no obligation to explain why...
Answered 03/16/2012 by: Repackman
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I kinda looked at this like watching the Family Feud game show and laughed almost as much.

I'm not going to answer them all because its better you find the answers yourself. But here is a few.

5. See if the ALLUSERS property is set to 1 in the MSI.

7 First, confirm the problem is not a problem with the Vendor's MSI and if its not, create an MST to install the file in question.

8. In testing, always run the command manually without the /q to see the visual error message. In this case, there is probably a problem with your path to the Admin Install point or there may be files missing/not accessable from it.

6. Which tool would you use to find an issue related to installation failure?
Notepad... Just read the log file.

Just a note to add, "4) This is very important question". Actually, its moot. Flexera and Symantec agreed to kill Wise so there is only InstallShield.
Answered 03/16/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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