Ok guys! I have banged my head against the wall to find out a solution for this...

My team has got a task to complete, the task is:

1. We have been asked to optimise Visual Studio 2005 and QA Load installations which are on a web server.

2. These installations are in .ISO format which the user downloads and then executes them.

3. Since these installations are almost 600 MB or greater, it takes a lot of time for the user to download them.

Now, our client has asked either to compress these MSI's so that it takes less time to download on the target machine. As I checked the installation both of them have an MSI, I fail to understand that how can I compress Installation? I tried explaining this situation to my client but due to the language constraint (they are French and we speak English) it's not able to resolve.

My Question: Is there any solution by which we can optimise these installations for network share?

Ps: My client doesnt want to go for a deployment solution I am aware that it will be a cake walk from a deployment server.

Pls. provide your invaluable suggestions on the same...

Thanks! in advance..
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Hi Bhupesh ,
a few questions for clarification:
1. User downloads an .ISO (image) and mounts it somehow locally and start the installation from it?
2. The MSI's have accompanying CAB-files or just the hole bunch of uncompressed material, which goes to the target machine?
Regards, Nick
Answered 03/02/2007 by: nheim
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ehm I'm not getting it,
If the client is outside of the company you work at (gessing thats why they download it from the web server) then why not having them copying the media to one of their server (maybe using DFS) and running the installation from there?

Have the CAB(s) inside and then they can do an administrative installation if they prefer to have uncompressed files.

Or am I missing something?
Answered 03/02/2007 by: AngelD
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Thanks! Guys for replying, actually let me clear it:

Nick:

1. User downloads an .ISO (image) and mounts it somehow locally and start the installation from it? - "Yes! the user downloads the ISO image and then burn it on the CD and then start the installation, this is faster ofcourse but downloading this iso of 600 mb is headache, I want to reduce this time of downloading 600 MB thingii..."
2. The MSI's have accompanying CAB-files or just the hole bunch of uncompressed material, which goes to the target machine?- "The compiled ISO has bunch of accompanying cab files shipped with the VS2005 and Qa load installations"

AngelD:

If the client is outside of the company you work at (gessing thats why they download it from the web server) then why not having them copying the media to one of their server (maybe using DFS) and running the installation from there?

Have the CAB(s) inside and then they can do an administrative installation if they prefer to have uncompressed files.

Basically the client is our sister concern and they are asking us to do this, so they want us to upload this on the webserver of the company as it doesnt matter at all, I also thought about Admin install but this doesnt apply to this sitution.

Pls help me guys!

Thanks guys that was great of you...
Answered 03/03/2007 by: wiseapp
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Hi Bhupesh,
not that much space to improve this, i think.
Most of the things are already compressed, as you have CAB's accompanying the MSI's
How big is this stuff, when you copy the hole content of the iso to a HD and compress it with e.g. RAR or the like (this gives you an idea, what's being left for compression)?
Would maybe a sequenced Installer help, which is loading the necessary modules from the web, when they are really needed (like e.g. MS-SDK Installer)?
Regards, Nick
Answered 03/03/2007 by: nheim
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