Hey guys.. having never worked w/ MSTs before, I read over this article http://www.symantec.com/community/article/7851/about-transforms explaining transforms. I was wondering if there is a reason to create transforms when for a custom MSI, one that you'll author from scratch?
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you could if you wanted to install different components or different confiigs for different machines. however, if building from scratch i usuallly build the business logic into the msi with properties.
Answered 02/18/2009 by: aogilmor
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As opposed to asking what a transform is, look for the answer to these questions instead, "Can you repackage an msi? Should you repackage an msi?" The answers will then explain why you would use a transform (look up Darwin Descriptors for one).

I definitely agree with aogilmor though, if I was building an msi from scratch i would include the business logic into the msi already.
Answered 02/18/2009 by: rbrucelee1978
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As opposed to asking what a transform is, Er....that wasn't what the OP asked, though. He asked whether there might be a valid reason for applying transforms to MSIs which have been built from scratch.

At my current client, we use MSTs against captured MSIs to change things like server names e.g., to have an app talk to a UAT server instead of a Production one.
Answered 02/19/2009 by: VBScab
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Thanks guys, you've confirmed my suspicion.
Answered 02/19/2009 by: jayteeo
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Ooops... should've read that properly. My mistake [:D]
Answered 02/19/2009 by: rbrucelee1978
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