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Has anyone attempted to create an SMS package for deploying Windows Desktop Search (WDS)?
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bumpity, bump...

no one?
Answered 05/24/2006 by: rambone
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we use sms 2003 for deploying but we covert our .exe to msi & then send to the clients pc... are you looking for anything in particular...
Answered 05/24/2006 by: aa006
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THANKS!

Do you do anything special to the MSI so that the install is seamless with no user interaction?
Answered 05/24/2006 by: rambone
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Hmm.. I seem to be having problems making an MSI outta this application. I capture the install using WinInstall and really dont make any changes to create an MSI. Whenever I install this newly created MSI, it doesnt run well and keeps self healing.. something is afoot..

Care to share how you folks turned it into an MSI?

TIA.
Answered 05/26/2006 by: rambone
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Hi there

Windows desktop search should not be captured

But wrapped inside one MSI

I just did it this Way:


Add the original install EXE file to the MSI at the location say C:\programs\searchtool

I renamed the file to a shorter name like WindowsDesktopSearch.exe

Make two Properties:

SEARCHPATH1 and SEARCHPATH2

SEARCHPATH1 should be full path to the install file in my case = C:\Programmer\SearchTool\WindowsDesktopSearch.exe

SEARCHPATH2 should be full path to remove string in my case = C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB911993-V2$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

Now you make two custom actions Installsearch and Removesearch

Custom action for install executable property SEARCHPATH1 command line /q to make it silent

Deferred execution in system context asynchronous wait for exit code Install Exec sequence after install files condition REMOVE=""

Custom action for Remove executable property SEARCHPATH2 command line /q to make it silent

Deferred execution in system context asynchronous wait for exit code Install Exec sequence after Publish Product condition REMOVE="ALL"


This works for MSI to be deployed by GPO I downloaded the ADM file also with this I can apply the correct registry settings also

Sweede ;-)
Answered 06/04/2006 by: Sweede
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Did you use WinInstall to do this? I'm still a WI rookie and need some guidance on it.. any tips to help me perform what you outlined?
Answered 06/05/2006 by: rambone
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