I am wondering if there are universal msi command line properties. I will typically open the msi file with Orca and view the properties table to see which install options are available. I have been told only to use properties with all UPPERCASE letters. I don't think you can even use all of those. But there are some properties which do not exist anywhere in the msi which you can use. For example in the ArcGIS 9 msi you can use the property ADDLOCAL but it have searched the msi and do not find ADDLOCAL anywhere. Is this a default property that can be used with any package? If they exist could someone please reference a listing of such default properties. Thanks.
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I borrowed this from Microsoft but it should answer your question.

Only public properties can be modified using the command line. All property names on the command line are interpreted as uppercase but the value retains case sensitivity. If you enter MyProperty at a command line, the installer overrides the value of MYPROPERTY and not the value of MyProperty in the Property table.

To install a product with PROPERTY set to VALUE, use the following syntax on the command line. You can put the property anywhere except between an option and its argument.

Correct syntax:

msiexec /i A:\Example.msi PROPERTY=VALUE
Incorrect syntax:

msiexec /i PROPERTY=VALUE A:\Example.msi

Property values that are literal strings must be enclosed in quotation marks. Include any white spaces in the string between the marks.

msiexec /i A:\Example.msi PROPERTY="Embedded White Space"

To clear a public property by using the command line, set its value to an empty string.

msiexec /i A:\Example.msi PROPERTY=""

For sections of text set apart by literal quotation marks, enclose the section with a second pair of quotation marks.

msiexec /i A:\Example.msi PROPERTY="Embedded ""Quotes"" White Space"

The following example shows you a complicated command line.

msiexec /i testdb.msi INSTALLLEVEL=3 /l* msi.log COMPANYNAME="Acme ""Widgets"" and ""Gizmos."""

The following example shows advertisement options. Note that switches are not case sensitive.

msiexec /JM msisample.msi /T transform.mst /LIME logfile.txt

The following example shows you how to install a new instance of a product to be advertised. This product is authored to support multiple instance transforms.

msiexec /JM msisample.msi /T :instance1.mst;customization.mst /c /LIME logfile.txt

The following example shows you how to patch an instance of a product that is installed using multiple instance transforms.

msiexec /p msipatch.msp;msipatch2.msp /n {00000001-0002-0000-0000-624474736554} /qb

When you apply patches to a specific product, the /i and /p options cannot be specified together in a command line. In this case, you can apply patches to a product as follows.
msiexec /i A:Example.msi PATCH=msipatch.msp;msipatch2.msp /qb

The PATCH property cannot be set in a command line, when /p option is used. If the PATCH property is set when the /p option is used, the value of PATCH property is ignored and overwritten.

You can get more info here

Command Line Options

About Properties
Answered 08/01/2004 by: MSIMaker
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