alright gents...
I have an unusual app called labVIEW 8 that has a setup.exe file and an setup.ini file. the .ini file calls up all of the minor apps that are in msi format (49 of them to be exact). The vendor tells me that the setup.exe only takes the required info (name, company, serial and default directory) while the setup.ini calls the msi files...

I called Wise because the the capture process fails at the very end of creating the .wsi file. Wise says it is because the vendor has an .msi file in an .exe wrapper but the vendor says no. Any ideas on how to capture this app?

Thanks and Cheers!!
-Rodina00
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If you are not able to install the msi seperately without the setup.exe then you could also check for the custom actions in the msi.. and i believe there should be some property that are used for this installation. As known, recapturing the vendor msi might have many problems.

HTH
Answered 11/30/2005 by: slb
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Besides looking in the %TEMP% folder, does anyone know how to look for an MSI file within an exe file?
Answered 11/30/2005 by: rodina00
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I am not familiar with the product, but they should have some sort of administrative installation, something like setup.exe /a, then prompt you for a license, network location, etc. Even if it cannot be captured into a single MSI you can often engineer a silent installation (often setup /s /v/qn or something similar)
Answered 11/30/2005 by: aogilmor
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Rodina,
Hope when you are installing with the dialog boxes you may even check the msiexec process in the task manager or try to prohibit to run the msiexec process which could also confirm you about your query. Hope it makes sense.
Answered 12/01/2005 by: slb
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ORIGINAL: rodina00

Besides looking in the %TEMP% folder, does anyone know how to look for an MSI file within an exe file?


When you launch a setup.exe that contains msi's it will usually unzip the msi's before launching them.
You can use Process Explorer to see what the setup.exe does. It will show you were the msi's are unzipped and before the setup ends you can copy them.
Answered 12/01/2005 by: shogun_ro
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When you launch a setup.exe that contains msi's it will usually unzip the msi's before launching them.

Yep, if it's a self extracting .exe file you should be able to extract the contents with WinZip...

Cheers,
Rob.
Answered 12/01/2005 by: MSIPackager
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That doesn't work in all cases. So if she can't unzip she should use Process Explorer to see where the msi's are.:)
Answered 12/01/2005 by: shogun_ro
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Thanks for all of the pointers. I will try process explorer in the morning and let you all know what happens.

-R
Answered 12/01/2005 by: rodina00
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