Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by 5Gen_Prelude, Feb 18, 2008.
What tools do you use?
Was this for a .Net project?
Express editions, or Standard?
Standard and higher have a "Setup" project template available.
I just use Express because I use MySQL and don't need the extra costly features... and I use the publishing wizard because it suites my needs well.
Nope - actually it's for commerical products that we want to deploy that didn't come with an MSI installer. An example would be WinInstall LE - it snapshots your drive before and after an install and creates an MSI package for you.
I need to know this.
What is MSI used for? Deploying across multiple machines? How effective is it (what does it take to get it onto 100 machines at once)? Has it more uses?
Because I'm planning a cross platform client/server package manager.
I use Advanced Installer to build my installers. If you just want a bare .MSI package, you can use the tool that comes on the Windows 2000 Server CD. I believe it's in the ..\VALUEADD folder. It scans the configuration of your test machine, then you manually install all the software components that should go in the .MSI file, then it scans the machine again and builds an .MSI file that will automate those changes in the future.
MSI are for deploying across multiple machines - they can be most easily deployed via Group Policies. For example, we have 7 sites at work. We deploy the msi package via DFS to the 7 sites. The GPO then gets applied to all computers and they pick up the install file on their local server.
It's a pretty sweet way of deploying packages - we just deployed the Office 2007 compatibility patch this way.
As Jolly was infering, as a publisher you can use tools such as MAKEMSI or MS's .net utilities.
I was reading about that - trying to figure out why they didn't release it for W2K3 - guess they lost their OEM agreement.
Use WISE frequently to create packages for AD deployment or automated desktop deployment
I dunno. It shouldn't matter though, any Windows shop will have a Server 2000 disc laying around; just use it from there.