im trying to build a MSI of vmware worksation 7
to be able to deploy in our employee pc ...


im able to build the msi but when i test it with the test pc i get an errror "could not open key"

im using msi studio to creta ethe package

any idea why i get this error ?

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From what I recall, VMWare Workstation extracts and executes an MSI so capturing it to create another MSI is a Really Bad Idea.

For future reference, you can diagnose errors like this yourself by using a process/file/registry monitor like ProcMon. I believe you *may* have seen it mentioned once or twice here before...

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Yup...knew it. See the 'Package KB' for details of how to extract the MSI.
Answered 02/04/2010 by: VBScab
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i have extract the msi but how to have it install over my GPO and have the setting i want

like the check for updates ?

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Answered 02/04/2010 by: kerm007
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You'd use a transform, just like with any other MSI. To have it applied during deployment, use the 'Modifications' tab when adding the package to the object.
Answered 02/04/2010 by: VBScab
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in my gpo then ?

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Answered 02/04/2010 by: kerm007
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As I say, when you add the MSI to the GPO, you'll see the 'Modifications' tab. Click that, browse to the transform you created beforehand. For future reference:

- if using more than one MST, add them in the order that they should be applied. You can move them up and down but...
- if you click 'OK' before you've finished adding MSTs, you'll have to start again, from adding the MSI. Great UI, isn't it?
Answered 02/04/2010 by: VBScab
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when i run the msi to create the MST first i extract the file from the exe ... then i go trought the sequance and when i enter the serial # i get an error no serial have been found
any idea why ?


i can only do a skip ...

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Answered 02/04/2010 by: kerm007
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any one have an idea ?

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Answered 03/04/2010 by: kerm007
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Let's try and clarify...

- You have extracted the MSI from a set-up executable
- You are using an authoring tool to create an MST. Which tool are you using? During that exercise, are you prompted for the serial number?
- When you run the package, you are prompted to enter the serial number? What command line are you using? Or are you just double-clicking the MSI?
Answered 03/04/2010 by: VBScab
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- You have extracted the MSI from a set-up executable (yes and i took the stuff in the temp folder)

- You are using an authoring tool to create an MST. Which tool are you using? msi studio During that exercise, are you prompted for the serial number? yes but when i enter it i get no serial found
- When you run the package, you are prompted to enter the serial number?yes What command line are you using? no Or are you just double-clicking the MSI? double click
Answered 03/04/2010 by: kerm007
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I'm not familiar with 'msi studio'. Do you mean 'Wise Package Studio' or perhaps 'AdminStudio', the InstallShield product?

In any event, double-clicking an MSI is no good. Just because it's in the same folder as the MSI doesn't mean that the transform will be processed.You need to use a command like this:msiexec /i [path_to_and_name_of_MSI] TRANSFORMS="[path_to_and_name_of_MST] [other_command_line arguments] Google for the valid command line arguments for MSIEXEC.
Answered 03/04/2010 by: VBScab
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well im not really double clicking the msi i browse the msi with the program and it start the installation step ... but on the windows where i can enter the serial i enter it and get an error

thanks for every thing

and i think admin studio does the same as msi studio
Answered 03/04/2010 by: kerm007
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So....you're double-clicking, but not double-clicking. Jeez...

What does this mean: i browse the msi with the program and it start the installation stepWhat 'program'?
Answered 03/04/2010 by: VBScab
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sorry man

when i start msi studio i can chose the option to create the mst and i browse where the msi location and then it start the routine
Answered 03/04/2010 by: kerm007
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OK, now, what EXACTLY is the error message you get?
Answered 03/04/2010 by: VBScab
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