Hi ,

I am slightly confused , For an application should we create merge modules for Microsoft supplied COM components which go to shared location ?

In my current project we ignore any file which is a COM component , goes to a shared location and has application vendor as Microsoft . I feel this should not be a case , using the same criterion of COM component , shared location and a valid vendor name we decide to create merege module , but for some reason we do not apply that to Microsoft files .

Any suggestions will be of great help .

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What COM components are you creating merge modules for? I generally avoid making merge modules for vendor supplied components. Also Microsoft provides modules for serveral commonly used components.
Answered 08/09/2005 by: kkaminsk
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I am considering only applications which are repackaged .

For e.g: Any application XYZ which has a file MDT2DD.dll which has destination as \\COMMONFILESFOLDER\Microsoft Shared\MSDesigners98\

Now as this file is a COM file and also goes to a shared location is a potential candidate for merge module but as the vendor for this file is Microsoft we remove this file from merge module list .

My question is : Should we include such files also for merge modules as they are no different from other files except they are Microsoft supplied ?

I hope I have made it clear this time .

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Answered 08/09/2005 by: viv_bhatt1
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Unfortunately that might be a bad example. I think the designer file you are using exists in the VBA SDK. I would confirm it but I don't have the VBA SDK merge modules with me.

But aside from that if you are taking the time to make merge modules from other vendors I don't see how Microsoft supplied shared components should be an exception unless Microsoft supplies a valid merge module.
Answered 08/09/2005 by: kkaminsk
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Are there any links available where Microsoft updates the latest merge module release ?
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How do I find if the there is any merge module available for Microsoft COM component .

Our exisiting baseline merge module library is not comprehensive .

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Answered 08/10/2005 by: viv_bhatt1
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http://www.installsite.org/pages/en/msi/msm.htm is a good starting point but honestly I've used Google to try and find vendor merge modules.
Answered 08/12/2005 by: kkaminsk
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Thanks . I could locate a couple missing from our library .

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Answered 08/12/2005 by: viv_bhatt1
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