hi all,

i've got a program that requires the access 2000 runtime to install and run.

thankfully, ms have aleady made this an msi.

what i'd like to do is make a package that first installs this msi automagically without any user intervention, then continues on installing the program.

is this possible?
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If you are deploying with group policy and active directory, you can put both in the same policy, then order them so Access installs first. Be sure to test this before deploying to confirm the installation order. There is a utility that can reorder those installs within one GPO, it is available from www.sywan.nl and is called Assigned Software Sequence Manager

http://www.sywan.nl/metatraffic2/track.asp?mtr=/download/ASSM_0.3.zip
Answered 11/16/2004 by: cdupuis
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You can embed the runtime MSI within your main msi and change the Install Execute Sequence to make it run at launch.

Here's a good article from Wise Knowledgebase to create Nested MSIs.

http://www.wise.com/KBArticle.aspx?articleno=1769&keywords=nested+msi
Answered 11/22/2004 by: janoon
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If you are deploying via Microsoft SMS, you should make the new package (MSI) you are repackaging dependent on the deployment of the Access 2000 runtime (the MSI which you already have from Microsoft).

With the above method, when your new package is about to install it automatically installs the Access 2000 runtime first.
Also you can use a Custom Action as highlighted by Janoon above.
Answered 11/22/2004 by: oofemioo
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