I have a vendor application called Lectora Professional Publishing Pro. The vendor used Installshield setup (no msi). I would utilize the vendor setup but it fails when installing using a true system account because it is trying to write files to the users temp directory during install and under a true system account there is no temp directory. I decided to repackage as an MSI using Admin Studio 8.0 zenworks edition. This Lectora software has service packs and updates that come out periodically. Is there a way to create an MSP using Admin Studio (my only tool besides Orca) to capture patches or should I be managing this application in another way. I haven't had to deal with an application like this one previously.
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Tough situation. It looks like you'll have to repackage it.

Capture as many existing service packs and updates as you can between the initial snapshots. The vendor's future updates will also have to be repackaged into MSP patches.
Answered 02/05/2009 by: turbokitty
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Does Admin studio 8.0 zenworks edition allow for the creation of MSPs? The only feature I have ever used in this program is the capture installs. Many of the features are disabled in this version but I didn't notice any option for the creation of an MSP.
Answered 02/05/2009 by: joedown
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<Correction>

I've looked at the release notes and it looks like this version is heavily crippled. You don't even get Installshield Editor.. meaning you can't do much of anything with that product. Installshield Editor is the meat of the entire suite.

When a patch comes out, you'll have to:
- uninstall the existing version, repackage the app again with the new patch, redeploy
or
- buy the AdminStudio Standard and make a proper patch
or
- use the trial version of AdminStudio standard and make a proper patch

I'm out of ideas.
Answered 02/05/2009 by: turbokitty
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Thanks for the info. Good to know.
Answered 02/05/2009 by: joedown
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- uninstall the existing version, repackage the app again with the new patch, redeploy


I'm using Wise Package Studio 7 and repackaged the patch and added it to my existing capture MSI. With Wise you can append a capture to an existing MSI, this creates a new MSI complete with the service pack, then just uninstall and deploy the new package.
Answered 02/05/2009 by: stevematt41
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I'm using Wise Package Studio 7 and repackaged the patch and added it to my existing capture MSI. Why on earth did you do that? One should either patch the workstations directly or patch an Administrative Install Point (AIP) and then use the amended API copy of the MSI.
Answered 02/06/2009 by: VBScab
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ORIGINAL: VBScab

One should either patch the workstations directly or patch an Administrative Install Point (AIP) and then use the amended API copy of the MSI.



I agree, unfortunately it looks like my tools are not sufficient to be able to create MSPs. Damn vendor and crappy install shield setups.
Answered 02/06/2009 by: joedown
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