I have 3 working MSIs that I deploy via Active Directory GPOs. I have built these 1 of these MSI using Wise Widows Install Editor. The only two are just standard MSI, in this case Cyrpstal Reports 9.NET that I have configured with MST. I was wondering how I can use Wise to incorportate all three into 1 global MSI
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NO NO NO NO NO!

Keep them all seperate, please! [&:]
Answered 06/15/2005 by: brenthunter2005
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Elaborating on Brent's very correct response...

That's a REALLY bad idea. Crystal Reports is a classic example of a pre-requisite application. There's a good possibility a future application would require it. If you bundle it in with the other packages, you'll have to install all 3 if another application needs Crystal Reports. In addition, if you bundle these 3 together you will not be able to upgrade any of them. Should a vendor come out with a patch (.MSP) it won't work on the bundle.

There is also no benefit to grouping them. GPO will handle 3 deployments just as easily as it will handle 1. You'll just end up painting yourself into a corner.

...Ah heck.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Answered 06/15/2005 by: VikingLoki
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thomppg, Crystal Reports 9 is available as a merge module. You could include the MSM in your package, but that is as far as I think anyone here would suggest that you go.

Click here to find it.

I agree with VikingLoki's post above.

Nesting a bunch of MSI files is a bad idea. In fact, I personally only assign single applications to a given distribution GPO and then link multiple GPOs to an OU in order to easily control order of install. (This works for me, but may not be practical for other networks).

Edited for clairity and/or spelling.
Answered 06/15/2005 by: BobTheBuilder
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Okay thanks guys.

I will keep them separate. How do you ensure that a particular software GPO loads before another, because I have software that requires Crystal Reports 9 before the software package will load.
Answered 06/15/2005 by: thomppg
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When using Active Directory GPO's, software will be installed in the order that it was added to the GPO.

IE: If you add Crystal Reports to your GPO first, and the ApplicationB; Crystal Reports will install first and then Application B.

Of course, this depends on if you are using multiple GPOS for Software Installation etc.
Answered 06/16/2005 by: brenthunter2005
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