We have to deploy SPSS 14 with 14.0.2 patch. Both are MSI files.

What is the best solution to deploy:
1. Deploy SPSS and patch seperate
2. Add files from the patch to the MST for the main install
2.a. Make a snapshot of all changes and add to the MST
2.b. Make administrative install from main msi and from the patch. Merge the admin installs and add new files to the MST of the main msi
3. Execute the patch from a Custom Action
4. Repackage SPSS including the patch
5. Another idea?

I'm not sure that 2.b will work but it looks the cleanest solution to me.
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I have always followed this practise:

- make an admin install
- make a copy of that install (not strictly necessary as you still have the original MSI but saves grief/time if it all goes TU)
- patch the admin install
- deploy from the admin install
Answered 09/21/2007 by: VBScab
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ORIGINAL: VBScab
I have always followed this practise:

- make an admin install
- make a copy of that install (not strictly necessary as you still have the original MSI but saves grief/time if it all goes TU)
- patch the admin install
- deploy from the admin install


How did you patch your admin install?

Is there an MSP available?
Answered 09/21/2007 by: k.vdschaaf
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From MSDN Windows Installer command line options:

/p PatchPackage[;patchPackage2…] Applies a patch. To apply a patch to an installed administrative image you must combine the following options: /p <PatchPackage>[;patchPackage2…] /a <Package>



http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa367988.aspx
Answered 09/21/2007 by: FrankSpierings
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From MSDN Windows Installer command line options:

/p PatchPackage[;patchPackage2…] Applies a patch. To apply a patch to an installed administrative image you must combine the following options: /p <PatchPackage>[;patchPackage2…] /a <Package>



http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa367988.aspx


I don't hava a msp file... So the option /p won't work.....
Answered 09/21/2007 by: k.vdschaaf
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...so it's not a patch, then. If it were me, I'd:

- make an admin install of MSI_1 into Folder1
- make an admin install of MSI_2 into Folder2
- make copies of both installs
- make a second admin install of MSI_2 into Folder1
- deploy from the admin install in Folder1
- advise SPSS on how to supply patches/use of correct terminology
Answered 09/21/2007 by: VBScab
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