Systems Management Question

Redeploy Same Package

08/12/2008 7128 views

I have a package that is installed on my users workstations. I installed this package with a .mst file some time ago. The application is now setup on the back end to use Active Directory but in order for the clients to use this i have to make some changes to the .mst. I have made the changes to the .mst but how can i get my workstations to recache the new.mst and then what command would i need to run in order for this to work?

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Which deployment solution are you using?
Answered 08/12/2008 by: AngelD
Red Belt

Hello mate. I used SMS 2003 to push the application out when i first installed it. I am still using SMS at the moment and the application is still installed via SMS.

I have heard it is possible for the workstation to recache a new copy of the .mst file and then do a repair or reinstall but i have never had a need to do it in all the years i have been packaging \ using SMS

Thanks for any help you can give
Answered 08/12/2008 by: cjwallace
Orange Belt

You could use a vbscript something like the below.
Place the vbscript and the new updated transform in the same foler.
Execute the vbscript from SMS

On Error Resume Next
Dim ProductCode : ProductCode = "<ProductCode>" '// ex. {45FC26FB-19FD-4A96-BBB1-B1062E8648F5}
Dim MstFileName : MstFileName = "same_name_as_the_already_installed_transform.mst" '// ex. MyTransform.mst

Dim FSO : Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Dim WSHShell : Set WSHShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Dim ScriptPath : ScriptPath = StrReverse(Split(StrReverse(WScript.ScriptFullName),"\",2)(1))

'// Replace cached transform
Dim oFile : Set oFile = FSO.GetFile(WSHShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%WinDir%\Installer\" & ProductCode & "\" & MstFileName))
oFile.Attributes = oFile.Attributes Xor 1
FSO.CopyFile ScriptPath & "\" & MstFileName, WSHShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%WinDir%\Installer\" & ProductCode & "\"), True
oFile.Attributes = oFile.Attributes Or 1

'// Reinstall with replaced transform
Dim MSIERROR : MSIERROR = WSHShell.Run("msiexec.exe /fomusv " & ProductCode & " /qb!", 1, True)
Answered 08/12/2008 by: AngelD
Red Belt

why not just put a removal code in the updated .mst to remove the old install before installing this updated one? if it was a mandatory advertisement, you can either set a second mandatory assignment on the same advertisement, or just set up a second, new advertisement to get it out there.
Answered 10/13/2008 by: DevilsArcade
Senior Yellow Belt

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