Hi,

I'd like to ask if anyone has tried to repackage Groove 2007, to make a msi out of it in order to deploy via a Group Policy?
If anyone has would you be so kind as to share any problems that you encountered?

Thanks for any help, tips or advice! [:)]
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I haven't look at this but I would be extremely surprised if this was not an MSI already being that its from MS.

check the running tasks during installation to see if msiexec.exe is running. I would expect you will find it is.
Answered 08/08/2007 by: jmcfadyen
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Hmm. Can I ask something else then? Groove just consists of setup.exe, so I wondered how I can deploy this via Group Policy, as GP only allows .msi files to run???

I figured by repackaging the setup.exe then I could capture it as an msi???

Thanks for your advice.
Answered 08/09/2007 by: cloudz
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even though some applications appear to be exe files. Often the setup.exe file contains an msi internally. When you execute the exe the msi is extracted usually to %temp% and then executed.

In order to confirm if this app is an msi check the process list when executing the exe file.

if you see msiexec running it is actually an MSI wrapped with an EXE file.

The reason this is often done is called bootstrapping. Usually (not in all cases) the exe file contains a compatible version of the windows installer engine. As such when the exe runs it checks for presence of the engine. If not found it installs reboots then completes installation.

If it is found it simply extracts the msi and executes.
Answered 08/09/2007 by: jmcfadyen
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Hi jmcfadyen!

Thanks for your answers, this cleared a lot up for me!!!!!
It's much appreciated. [:D]
Answered 08/14/2007 by: cloudz
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