Hi all,

I'm trying to install a program called HotDocs Player 2007 (by LexisNexis).
There are a couple of MSI property values that I can use, one being FOLDERS_ANSWERS= where I can put a UNC/Mapped drive path to have my users pointed to the right spot after they install the program.

The problem I'm having is, I'm trying to specify another folder, entitled Documents, but I cant get it to take. I've opened up the MSI in AdminStudio Zenworks Edition and trying to figure it out. From what I can tell, theres lots more options than just FOLDER_ANSWERS, there is also:


and a few others..

These are all folders that you can set in Tools > Options > File Locations of the program

However, if I do a command

msiexec /i "HotDocs 2007 Player Edition.msi" /qb FOLDER_ANSWERS="x:\hotdocs7\answers"
the "answers" folder gets set properly.

but if i try to do a FOLDER_FORMDOCUMENTS="x:\hotdocs\documents" , the folder does not get set.

I cant figure out what allows this behavior to work. Any help?
Probably not making a lot of sense.. if not please let me know.
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I'm sure you could generate a transform fromout AdminStudio, don't use it so can't tell you how. Wise got their InstallTailor for this.
You could also use DebugView from SysInternals/Microsoft to fetch what properties gets changed by the different dialogs. Have a look at http://forums.altiris.com/messageview.aspx?catid=19&threadid=42299 for some information regarding this.
Answered 08/06/2007 by: AngelD
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Create a Transform to install with the .msi and add the property called FOLDER_ANSWERS and give it the value of x:\hotdocs7\answers to the PROPERTY table in the Transform.
Answered 08/07/2007 by: TOBES_UK
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I did that. However, FOLDER_ANSWERS was the working one. FOLDER_FORMDOCUMENTS wasnt.

I added both to the PROPERTY table and it worked beautifully!

Can you explain to me why doing a "msiexec /i "msifile.msi" FOLDER_ANSWERS="x:\hotdocs7\answers" worked, but FOLDER_FORMDOCUMENTS="x:\hotdocs7\forms" doesnt?

What in the MSI allows you to put those as part of the command line?
Answered 08/08/2007 by: joebrug
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If the FOLDER_FORMDOCUMENTS property isn't working then it seems they are not using it as you think they do.
Answered 08/09/2007 by: AngelD
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In the Property Table check the "SecureCustomProperties" and see if "FOLDER_FORMDOCUMENTS" is listed.
If so that would explain why it is not accessible from the command line.
Answered 08/09/2007 by: Robo Scripter
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Nope, just "ACTIONPROPERTY;ACTIONPROPERTY2" in the SecureCustomProperties value

Just trying to figure out how these MSI's work :)
Answered 08/09/2007 by: joebrug
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