I followed the examples on AppDeploy on modifying the MSI (with Orca) for both Java 1.5.0_07 and 6u3. I can manually run either MSI (or, run them silently, and/or use SMS 2003 SP3 to deploy them), but, I get a series of INFORMATION events in the Application Log (11729-Configuration Failed, 11708-Installation Failed). I can install the unmodified MSI and get (11707-Installation Completed Successfully). There is an install log, but, it's bare bones, and, doesn't tell me anything (I've not tried to create a more verbose log, yet)...

So, obviously...I'm screwing up something by modifying the MSI directly, just don't know what...

Should I NOT modify it directly, and, create an MST, instead, or, is it something I modify that corrupts it?

Thanks!
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You should of course use a transform instead.

I've not tried to create a more verbose log, yet
Then go ahead as it will help you and/or us helping you.
Answered 02/20/2008 by: AngelD
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Kim is being gentle with you :) The golden rule is never, EVER directly edit a vendor MSI. Always use a transform.
Answered 02/20/2008 by: VBScab
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I usually agree, but, saw some posts here on AppDeploy about issues when MST's were used, especially with deploying from ADS, so...was trying to avoid them.

I'll change things, and, see what happens...

Thanks!

And, I know enough to understand Kim's post...it's Kool...just couldn't figure out this particular problem!
Answered 02/20/2008 by: gmouse
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I know...just saw some posts here that mentioned issues with this particular program.

I'll verbose up a log, to see what's happening...

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Answered 02/20/2008 by: gmouse
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I usually agree, but, saw some posts here on AppDeploy about issues when MST's were used, especially with deploying from ADS, so...was trying to avoid them.
At my current client, almost *every* vendor MSI goes out via AD Group Policy deployment with a companion MST. There are no issues. And they deploy per-user! LOL...
Answered 02/20/2008 by: VBScab
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