Created an MST, is there a way to apply this to a package that has already been installed? Or do I first have to uninstall the current then re-install with the MST?

Looking to see what my options are here, I'd rather not do the uninstall/reinstall. What's the best way to update installations... should I be looking at a merge module or patch?

Also, is there a way in AdminStudio 6 to have the file always overwrite any exiting file.

Thanks & sorry, I'm sure these are simple questions but I'm just getting into this.
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You'll have to reinstall to apply your transforms.

As far as updating installs in general...it deplends on your deployment method. How are you currently deploying packages?
Answered 04/19/2006 by: Bladerun
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Moving toward using SMS, but I'm not that familiar with it yet.

I've used AD to deploy in the past and there was an upgrade package feature with it and it also allowed you to apply a transform on the modifications tab, is something like this available with SMS?
Answered 04/19/2006 by: tkelly
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With SMS you can usually apply updates to installed applications, depending on the type of upgrade.

The upgrade feature in AD basically just ensures that the old package is removed (using the MSIEXEC /X command) before the new package is installed. The modification tab which you can add transforms in just runs the msiexec /i command with the 'transforms=' command when a package is installed.

You can simulate this in SMS if you like simply by issueing the appropriate commands within programs, and then chaining the programs together, however you'll find that you'll often not need to as most patches can be applied on the fly.
Answered 04/19/2006 by: Bladerun
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