When working with vendors msi, creating .mst using Install Tailor, what should I do when asked for serial number? The app has a unique serial number for each user, so obviously I don't want the same serial number rolling out to every user.
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The property that is normally used is called "PIDKEY".

How you're actually going to populate the property is YOUR problem.[;)]
Answered 10/07/2005 by: WiseUser
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The WindowsInstaller object can be easily accessed from vbscript or visual basic either CreateObject("WindowsInstaller") or reference .msi dll(for visual basic). It allows to modify a msi database with normal sql commands. See the Microsofts WindowsInstallerSDK for examples.
If you want to change the PIDKEY of Office on every install then just construct a wrapper.exe which reads the next serial number from a .txt file and updates the .msi file. BUT remember, this means you can only run installations in single file.

To get around this issue the easiest way is to add a custom vbscript action to do this. Read the textfile and set the PIDKEY
Just to give you a kickoff:

Dim fso
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set serialtext = fso.OpenTextFile(session.property("SourceDir"),ForReading) 'Serialfile is in the same directory as the .msi
serial = serialtext.ReadLine
session.property("PIDKEY") = serial
Answered 10/07/2005 by: sini
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