Software Deployment Question

Tool to produce an MST by comparing similar MSIs

11/25/2009 3743 views
We install JRE's by Group Policy. As a general rule, we use Static installs on servers, Family installs on workstations. The two installs differ only in the MSI files. If you extract the MSI from the EXE without appending any switches, you get the Family MSI. If you append STATIC=1, you get the Static MSI.

I've compared the 2 MSIs in a utility named "SuperOrca". They are very similar and would appear to lend themselves to use of an MST file to turn the Family MSI into a Static MSI. Unfortunately, SuperOrca doesn't offer a means of automatically generating an MST file from the difference information.

I'm no MSI guru, but I can probably puzzle it out myself with Orca. But in the interests of time and laziness, does anyone know of a utility that will generate an MST from the differences between 2 MSIs--ideally, freeware?
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Try MSITRAN.Exe from the MSI SDK.

It does just what you're after.
Answered 11/25/2009 by: greenmagnet
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You could probably download Advanced Installer from below


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Answered 11/25/2009 by: PackageExpert
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Thanks, greenmagnet. That did the job quickly and easily.
Answered 11/25/2009 by: JRV
Senior Yellow Belt

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