I have quick question about the MSI. why do we need to make msi for sms 2003 ... being reading on the web .. that setup.exe, vbs, batch files will all work in SMS 2003. why do we need to convert them in MSI, other then custom install don't see any point... can anyone help me understanding this ? Thanks
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http://www.installshield.com/news/newsletter/0410-articles/why.asp
Answered 04/28/2006 by: turbokitty
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Short and sweet: MSI's are easily managed as each workstation's installation of Windows Installer runs MSI set ups and when it's time for the workstation to lose that piece of software it just runs (a cached copy) the MSI again, kind of in reverse, removing everything that was added by the original install (basically). Batches and legacy setups are not manageable by GPO or by SMS - sure you can push em' but when it comes time to pull em' that's a different story. The main driving reason everyone tries to go with MSIs is their manageability.
Answered 05/01/2006 by: fosteky
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