Software Deployment Question

MSI Install - Transform and PROPERTY on the same command line

10/05/2016 3244 views

Can I run msiexec with a command line that specifies a transform AND includes some public property values? 

I'm trying it, but it doesn't seem to be working.  I've not found a single example that does both.  It's making think I'm barking up the wrong tree.

Why?  I'm dictating the values of 5 properties.  That's quite the command line.  1 of these will probably never need to be changed; three of them can be covered by 3 transforms; The remaining one could be one of 12ish values.  That's too many transforms to manage.  I want to use one of three transforms, and specify the 5th on the command line.

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You should be able to do this fine. If your unsure, why dont you just log it (log log log!). So if you just install with your 

msiexec /i blah.msi TRANSFORMS=Blah.mst;blahmore.mst MYPROPERTY=1 REBOOT=REALLYSUPPRESS /qb /l*vx .\mylog.log

command, check the log and you will see all the properties set at the end of the log...
Answered 10/06/2016 by: rileyz
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Remember that property values on the command line override those in a transform, too.

And yes, always log and log verbosely. Troubleshooting is practically impossible without.

Answered 10/06/2016 by: VBScab
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  • I DO log verbosely, but I didn't see any evidence in my log that my property had been accepted...or even seen.

    I'll give it another whirl.
As you are using a made up example, please check the length of your command string as I seem to recall that a string > 255 chars can fail.
If your property "MYPROPERTY" has a different name, check that it is not a reserved property name - the list of reserved properties in any MSI is long but can be found in the SDK.
REBOOT=R is sufficient as Windows Installer only checks the first letter - again this is stated in the MSI SDK.
Answered 10/13/2016 by: EdT
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