Following problem occured:
I tried to create a Transform on 2 vendor MSIs. I do this with Wise Package Studio. Everytime I save the MST my WPS comes up with the message that it can't save the transform ("Creation of Transform abc.mst failed"). Sometimes the Windows Installer Editor crashes in addition.
I also tried to use Orca for MST creation. But it's the same mess here!

One MSI is from "Lotus Notes 6.5.2", the other one is an internal deployment which seems to be the "best" MSI I ever saw ;) I think I will rebuild this one if there's no solution on the MST thing.

But at the "Lotus Notes" thing it's very important for me to get to a working MST file.

I do application (re-)packaging since 3 years. This is the first time Im faced with this! I tried to google that problem, but couldn't find anything.

Anyone got experience in this?
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ProcMon will show you what's going on. In all probability, you have insufficient access righst to the location where you're trying to save the transform.
Answered 12/07/2009 by: VBScab
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No, that's not the problem, sorry! I'm local and domain admin. Have rights everywhere :)

More info: A workmate of mine had the problem above a few days ago. He found out, that he had to empty the "Release Name" on "Releases" tab in WPS. He deleted the name "default" and confirmed. WPS then inserted "wise" as name for the release. Since that, he could generate and save the MST. Strange but true!

Edit: Needless to say that I already tried this! So any other suggestion?
Answered 12/07/2009 by: viper20p
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Have rights everywhereSo what? NTFS permissions get screwed. Can you create a file using COPY CON in that location?
Answered 12/07/2009 by: VBScab
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Think we are going in a wrong direction. I will try to express my question in another way.

It's not a question of having enough rights or not. (And yes, I can create that file). The problem seems to be the MSI itself. And my question should sound like ... are there any experiences about MSI files which prohibit a MST creation on it?
Answered 12/07/2009 by: viper20p
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Did you try to edit your .msi with ORCA, Create Transforms, make modification and generate .mst ?
Answered 12/07/2009 by: darkfang
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Yes, I did.

My idea was to create the MST with Orca and then go on with WPS to edit it. One of the two needed MSTs can be created with Orca but WPS crashes when I open and save the file from there again.
The second MST can't be created neither with WPS nor with Orca.

Edit: I need additional files in my MST. So the "Orca-only" solution is not mine. Should have said that earlier perhaps.
Answered 12/07/2009 by: viper20p
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Wow.. like you said, its a messed up .msi .... Try InstEdit ? But, i think it will be the same result. Look like the .msi database is corrupted.
Answered 12/07/2009 by: darkfang
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I don't know what happened to my post of yesterday, in which I suggested starting a ProcMon monitor when you save the MST. That will at least show you what process is doing what at the time of the crash.
Answered 12/08/2009 by: VBScab
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Have you tried making a copy of the MSI, edit that copy and then use MSITRAN.EXE to create the transform when your finished editing?
Answered 12/09/2009 by: t_claydon
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