I am a beginner at packaging applications, and I need to learn fast. [&:]

I manage IT at a school and I got pushed in to Leanring Network Manager (Microsoft). LNM is a sort of SMS+RIS server for schools.

I have got to repackage about 15-20 apps. In LNM I just select an .msi to distribute and cannot add any extra switches or transforms...is it even possible to combine an .msi with a transform and a /quiet silent instalation switch?

Do I have to repackage an msi? I am thinking of ordering adminstudio (currently using a trial version).

Thank you for your help in advance.
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Check UILEVEL Property and LIMITUI Property UILEVEL = 2 is /QN (Silent) UILEVEL = 3 is /qb, 4 is QR, 5 is Full - LIMITUI=1 is just like using /QB

Here is m$ link to UILevel Property -- or just google "UILevel property [Windows Installer] " if the link doesn't work

Yes you can combine Transforms into one MSI but don't forget that by editing vendor MSI's in most cases you break support agreements. Open the MSI in orca, go to the transforms tab, apply transforms, select your transform(s) - file save as -- choose MSI file type ... you should be all set...

I hope this helps -- seems a little odd that deployment software especially something that uses MSI technology would not allow you to use MST's? You might want to research that a little deeper...

Hope that helps a little,

- Grant
Answered 12/27/2006 by: gmorgan618
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Thank you very much for your reply gmorgan,

I cannot find the UILEVEL property anywhere in the application I am working on, I did however add two password settings so the mst is not needed anymore.

You made me think...but all I can do with LNM is point at the msi from the application manager and thats it. I will explore this option at work.

I am having trouble with the simplest of msi's, how will I get pro engineer, autocad, dreamweaver to work...[&o]

Thanky you again for your help...I will surely have another problem that I cannot seem to google, then I will ask again. [:D]

Answered 12/27/2006 by: Malecky
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You will have to create UILEVEL and set the property in the property table of the MSI or you can pass it on the command line ... e.g. test.msi UILEVEL=1 ALLUSERS=2
Answered 12/28/2006 by: gmorgan618
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