I am looking to deploy SPSS 16 to our labs via AD and GPO.
In their wisdom the vendors have released two patch files as .msi rather than a .msp with no full integrated install available.
Could someone please advise on the best route to get the patches integrated into one package.

I really dont want to re-package this one as I had to do that with the last version and it was a nightmare.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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If your apps are assigned, could you not just add the packages to the GPO and re-deploy it? Or create a new GPO with the MSI collection added in their installtion order?
Answered 09/02/2008 by: VBScab
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I've decided to distribute SPSS 16 and hotfixes using SCCM and forget GP-installs. This kind of a hotfixing stupidity indicates the vendor hasn't been thinking GP-installs at all. Very sad. Give them feedback.
If I had time and not SCCM, I'd try to create (in test environment) one GPO for SPSS 16 msi, second GPO for first patch and third GPO for the second patch and set GPO'es link order so that they would install in a correct order. And I would test also uninstallation behaviour.
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Answered 09/02/2008 by: mikkojarvinen
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Hello James

I deployed this application with MS SMS 2003, I ended up with 5 installation programs, where I chained the two msi patches to the main msi (advertised 16.0.2 chained to 16.0.1 chanied to main MSI).
Then I added two programs for SPSS 15 Legacy Viewer (SPSS 16 cannot show SPSS 15 documents), I advertised the Legacy Viewer chained to isscript.

If I should deploy it with GP I would do like Mikko Järvinen suggests.

Dont forget to install SPSS 15 Legacy Viewer if you have documents from that version.

Answered 09/03/2008 by: Mackan75
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Thanks for your replies..I have ordered the install + Patches via GPO and with a bit of tweaking I have got a clean uninstall...I just need to persuade on of my senior team members that we are going to have to roll out per machine rather than per user for our Staff users!

Answered 09/04/2008 by: jimmyx
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