Long story short, a non-IT dept hires a hotshot consultant/developer. Part of his dog & pony show was that he uses Wise to create his app's install. Great, I think, so I ask him to compile it into an MSI instead of a Setup.exe. He delivers a POS MSI that only has 44 tables (no Registry, CreateFolder, RemoveFile table most notably absent) it won't make an admin installation and doesn't register itself with Windows Installer (not in add/remove progs and uninstalling via Product Code results in "what product?". Gotta run the orig MSI to make it go away). I'm amazed it runs through without crashing. There are no Wise tables or signatures anywhere to be found.

I cornered him and he tells me his Wise product was too old to make MSIs. Does anyone know what version of Wise did not make MSIs??? How old is that thing?!?!

...Can you tell that we don't like IT consultants hired by non-IT departments? It's thrashing time!
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Well there is a different product line called Wise Installer which goes to version 9. It makes an excellent legacy installer and you can get it for free with SMS as a watered down product. What he might have used is the old conversion utility that hardly worked to convert Wise installers into MSIs.
Answered 04/06/2005 by: kkaminsk
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Do you know if I can use WiseScript as a translation point between this product and WisePS 5.5? I'd think there must be something that the legacy product can produce that can be easily ported.

I'm trying to get this to MSI because this app will get regular patch updates, trying to make it as painless as possible for us. (don't want to get married to a funky update process)
Answered 04/07/2005 by: VikingLoki
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I think the WiseScript engine is built around the same technology but I would not say it is compatible. I was looking at the legacy conversion tool in Wise but it only has SMS Installer. I can't remember if Wise 9 used a slightly different file extention other than .ipf. But if you do have an .ipf file I'd convert it that way. Or you could always fake it and have his installation as a custom action in a MSI... [&:]
Answered 04/07/2005 by: kkaminsk
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