Hi all,

I tried to repackage "SteelTrace Catalyze Enterprise 3.0 ", But I am unable to capture the licence key in Repackaged MSI. There is a shortcut which asks for the licence key when you try to launch it.
I took the first Snapshot then Installed the application, Then launched the shortcut and gave the valid licence key, Later on I took the Second Snapshot.
But after Installing the Repackaged MSI, I tried to launch the shortcut But the application still asks for the licence key. I tried to troubleshoot and found that there is a .lcf file which gets a six digit value everytime the licence is entered, But I am surprised why the captured licence is not working????????
Any Pointers on this could be of Great Help

Thanks in Advance,
Dev
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Have you tried filemon and regmon to monitor the areas where application is writing to .

Sometimes applications store license information as hidden files in user profile folders .

You may be missing one of such files .

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V
Answered 10/22/2005 by: viv_bhatt1
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Also adding to the point above just look into the arguements of the shortcuts might be there is a link to the file referred by the shortcut to start it.. better option would be to run the sysinternal tools(regmon and filemon) as suggested above to find out what is missing.
Answered 10/24/2005 by: slb
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Did you install your repackaged MSI on the same (clean) pc? Sometimes the licence is even bound to the hardware (like harddisk serial number or MAC address). Then it is quite hard get that one to work.
Try to make a snapshot after installing the repackaged msi to look for any changes to the system during the start of that shortcut. And make sure that you get everything, even files or key you got usually on your exclusion list. (But of course be careful when deploying those elements...)
Answered 10/24/2005 by: rpfenninger
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Hi all,

Thanks for the reply, I tried filemon and found that when i give the licence, it creates a file "C:\WINXP\profiles\admin\LOCALS~1\Temp\env.prop" and writes to that file and then the file gets deleted by itself. I included all the files which were in global exclusion list. Then tried capturing but still captured msi isn't working...

Do the licence key gets encrypted????? If so how can i repackage it capturing the licence key??? One more question is there any relationship for the present context with the registry key HKLM\software\microsoft\Cryptography\Rng..

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Dev
Answered 10/24/2005 by: DevGowda
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Hi Rpfenninger,

As you said in this case also the licence is bound to Machine Id. The Repackaged MSI doesn't ask for the licence when the shortcut is launched in the same machine in which it is captured. But if i try to install the repackaged msi in another machine the shortcut asks for the licence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So how do we go about this??? Should we write a custom action which will fetch us the machine id and use sendkeys for passing the licence key, so that it is a silent install and the shortcut doesn't pop up for licence when the shortcut is launched, But how do we go about creating the .LCF and .LF files dynamically(which the setup creates)???????
Answered 10/24/2005 by: DevGowda
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