I am trying to create an MSI to a) deploy a package that intergrates with MS Excel; B) to create a folder in Start|programs with 4 shortcuts pointing to a DFS server which holds 4 Excel files. When I try to run the MSI I get 'Error 1606. Could not access network location NETHOOD\dfsroot on [domain]. I can browse to destination via url and by mapping a drive and the DFS server is accessible to all users with read & execute; list folder contents; & read rights.

Any help would be great..
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i your installing under system account than you can not use drive mappings as the system account had none.

Are these shortcuts entries normal or advertised. Try both ways.
Answered 10/14/2004 by: mickman
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R u using any deployment tool.


With such installations, you may not be able to install with the local administrative rights as the local Admin won't have access to those DFS shares.

Test with a domain admin acct and see wht the result is? If that's positive; you have to find a way round ur installation.
Answered 10/15/2004 by: oofemioo
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Does the package actually need to go out to the DFS share to get something during the installation? Or maybe it's trying to get it's shortcut icons from there, in which case you might want to pre-build the icons into the shortcut with whatever packaging tool you're using. The shortcuts should be normal--not advertised--as they could only be advertised if they were pointing to files installed by the MSI.

Or, if the install does need to get to the network--as oofemioo mentioned above--your installing user account makes all the difference. Distro systems like SMS make it even more complicated to figure out who you're running as. Give us more info on the installation method and we can try to help more on that end...

(If that doesn't work, and there's nothing else touching the network, I suppose you could use SHORTCUT.EXE to create the shortcuts by script. Random thought...)
Answered 10/21/2004 by: ewall
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Sorry folks - I didn't say I am using Admin Studio & it is mainly due to my lack of knowledge of the product that I was having problems. I have resolved the problem now by creating a new folder in the files & folders entry, then creating the shortcuts on my PC and copying them over.

Thanks for all your help.
Answered 10/25/2004 by: JAW2311
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