Hi,
I need to reduce the file size for VS .NET 2003 Professional.
In the setup files ....one folder is called Program files which is containing large number of files. so my packaging tools is not able to handle this large number of file.
I need to reduce the size of the file.
Can anyone tell me which folder i can skip copying .....in the program files of setup folder
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what packaging tool are you using?? Files in Program Files folder especially can't be skip specially if it's the main folder(e.g INSTALLDIR)because it contains important files
Answered 04/13/2010 by: thugz888
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is this not a microsoft product do you not have a msi(s) wrapped in the setup.exe

I might be wrong here as I have not packaged this one before

running your setup.exe will give you the option of installing different features

can you not break your installation into bits and choose different features to capture

then you will end up with a few msi's

thsese then can be installed individually

windows installer gives us the option of breaking components into bits (Componentization)
Answered 04/13/2010 by: cygan
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Doesn't anybody do basic research any more? Jeez...VS .Net 2003 is indeed a wrapped MSI. As is commonplace, all you need to know is in the 'Package KB'.
Answered 04/13/2010 by: VBScab
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Doesn't anybody do basic research any more? Jeez...VS .Net 2003 is indeed a wrapped MSI.




so it is indeed a vendor wrapped msi as I thought

NEXT TIME GUYS - CHECK CHECK AND RECHECK THE KB BEFORE POSTING =)
Answered 04/13/2010 by: cygan
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Hi Thanls for ur response....
I created an unattend.ini file using createunattend switch....
and then i used it through /unattendfile

There was no MSI from which i can install the whole setup.
so i need to copy all the setup files...and then running some...batch file which will install the VS .NET 2003.

But setup files contain large number of files....which is very time consuming to transfer over network,,,and installation....

If i can get a single MSi that is very good....but i didnt find MSI to install the product....
Answered 04/14/2010 by: krishanu@hp
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I'm willing to bet a substantial sum that you looked in %TEMP%, possibly %SYSTEMROOT%\TEMP and then gave up.
Answered 04/14/2010 by: VBScab
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Hi VBscab,
The VS2003NET setup contaning large number of files..near about 22000 files, but size is not too large it is just 1.3 GB,
so size is not an issue. but issue is 22000 files ...which is very time consuming for copying.
My target is first i need to transfer the whole setup files to the target machine then run some batch file which will silently installed the software. and i can do the installation perfectly (no issue).

But problem is...my tool is not able to download this large number of files...it is showing timeout error.
so what i need to do is .....reduce the number of files, and skip copying the files which is not needed for installation.

and i dont know exactly which files is not needed for installation.
Because in the installation media there is one folder call "Program files" which is contaning large number of files.....

so only thing which is not needed for installation , i have to skip copying those file.,..

Is there any alternative ..that i can make it as a simple MSI ...and install it on the client machine...so that we dont need all those setup files...????
Answered 04/14/2010 by: krishanu@hp
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is your package not a vendors msi already please confirm this

if not then you will need to follow the option that I gave you capture your installation in bits

I have done this before for a large package that kept on crashing when I captured it.

you should be able to choose the custom installation option and install your app in bits

or do you have the option of running the setup.exe silently

CONFIRM IF YOUR SETUP.EXE CONTAINS AN MSI(S)
Answered 04/14/2010 by: cygan
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What "tool" are you referring to? Is it the tool you use for deploying? And if you're using a tool which times-out whilst in the middle of a file copy, it is definitely the time to find a more capable one. Let me guess: it's freeware? Most proper tools would either use BITS or a home-grown mechanism for ensuring that downloads are completed.

In any event, look harder for the MSI. Try under the %AppData% folder. If you're determined to believe that VS .Net 2003 isn't distributed as a wrapped MSI, then you probably have no choice but to go with Paul's advice and break the install down into manageable chunks.

Me, I'm done with this one.
Answered 04/14/2010 by: VBScab
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then you probably have no choice but to go with Paul's advice and break the install down into manageable chunks.



who is paul? =)
Answered 04/14/2010 by: cygan
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Senior moment...I have you confused with someone else. My apologies.
Answered 04/14/2010 by: VBScab
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any updates to your problem
Answered 04/15/2010 by: cygan
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