We have several installation packages (some MSI, some EXE) from different vendors that need to be setup on about 1500 computers. How can I combine all these installations into one installation file that runs with a transform so that the user has no interaction what so ever with the setup? do i just make a bunch of transforms and bundle it together?? I'm confused [8|]
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There are many ways to do it, and transforms aren't one of them. [;)]

The easiest way would be to launch the installs from some sort of script using silent/unattended installs. See the MSIEXEC command line options, the EXEs you'll have to check the vendor documentation. Of course that doesn't leave you with a single file, if that's what you really want.

If you want it all encapsulated in a single MSI, you can check out this document from Wise. http://www.wise.com/KBArticle.aspx?articleno=1769&keywords=embed msi I've only launched a single MSI from within a MSI, but I think multiples can be done. You'll still need to create command lines for an unattended install for each application. Easy with MSIs, not always so cooperative with the .exe's, again check the vendor's docs for an unattended install.

A word of warning though, this sort of thing isn't always easy.
Answered 02/17/2005 by: VikingLoki
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Write a Wise Script or SMS Script which can execute a msi and exe silently.

The syntax for calling the Transform from the command line is as follows:

Msiexec /I [path to msi.msi] TRANSFORMS=[Path to Transform.mst] /[anyother switch]
Answered 02/18/2005 by: s2w2k2
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