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Hi,

I need some advice on how to create a small MSI file which contains an EXE file which is run during the installation. I want to install the windows Desktop Search WDS 3.0, which is only available as .EXE file. Using the switches "/quiet /norestart", I can install it silently on a PC, however I need to do this through the Active Directory, using an MSI.

What's the easiest way (with free tools) to create such a MSI file?

I would prefer this approach over the WinInstall (i.e. snapshot->install->snapshot->diff) approach, because it looks cleaner to me.

Thanks,
--Michael
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y not use ur installshield or Wise to do setup capture b4 and after. ur and result wld be an msi.

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Answered 06/28/2006 by: gizmolala
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ORIGINAL: gizmolala

y not use ur installshield or Wise to do setup capture b4 and after. ur and result wld be an msi.

Giz


First, because I don't have Installshield or Wise. Second, because I have the feeling that an installation, which uses the original .EXE installer (with appropriate switches, in this case "/quiet /norestart"), is a cleaner way. The MSI is supposed to be installed on lots of different computers, and if I do it the way you suggested, I can't be sure that it works on all those systems. For example, it won't install a DLL which is available on the computer where the MSI is built, but not on the computers where the MSI will be deployed
Answered 06/28/2006 by: Darkstar
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Hi Darkstar,
this remembers me on my start with the MSI-Stuff... :-)
Have a look at 'Window Installer Wrapper Wizard' WIWW. It does exactly what you want.
See: http://itninja.com/link/timbuktu-pro5
Hope this helps a bit.
Regards, Nick

ORIGINAL: Darkstar

Hi,

I need some advice on how to create a small MSI file which contains an EXE file which is run during the installation. I want to install the windows Desktop Search WDS 3.0, which is only available as .EXE file. Using the switches "/quiet /norestart", I can install it silently on a PC, however I need to do this through the Active Directory, using an MSI.

What's the easiest way (with free tools) to create such a MSI file?

I would prefer this approach over the WinInstall (i.e. snapshot->install->snapshot->diff) approach, because it looks cleaner to me.

Thanks,
--Michael
Answered 06/29/2006 by: nheim
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