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Is there a way to compile these scripts into a single msi installation file instead of an executable? Looking to roll these out via Windows Active Directory GPO and need them to be in msi format. If there is a way to compile these as MSI that would be great. Thanks for the help.

Robbie

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Yeah, create the executables and write an installer in WiX.

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Thanks for the response. I am not familar with Wix. I am downloading the wix tool now. Will it allow me to turn an exe into an msi without having to do a snapshot before and after? Thanks, Robbie.

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Thanks for the response.  I am not familar with Wix.  I am downloading the wix tool now.  Will it allow me to turn an exe into an msi without having to do a snapshot before and after?  Thanks, Robbie.

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You can also try MAKEMSI:

http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~dbareis/makemsi.htm

EDIT: You don't HAVE to convert your executable into a MSI for GPO publishing. A .ZAP file can also be used, see:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...Q231747&sd=tech

Regards,

-Sven

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Thanks for the response.  I am not familar with Wix.  I am downloading the wix tool now.  Will it allow me to turn an exe into an msi without having to do a snapshot before and after?  Thanks, Robbie.

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be prepared :) :

http://www.tramontana.co.hu/wix/

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You can also try MAKEMSI:

http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~dbareis/makemsi.htm

EDIT: You don't HAVE to convert your executable into a MSI for GPO publishing.  A .ZAP file can also be used, see:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...Q231747&sd=tech

Regards,

-Sven

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Truly appreciate the help. Tried makemsi and it works pretty good for some of our exe but not all. Will keep diggin.

On the zap file I only have the option to do msi installations under computer policy but have the zap file option under user. Any idea if there is a snap-in to get it under computer configuration.

Thanks again for the info.

Robbie

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I've used Windows Installer Wrapper Wizard for this in the past. It's a good starting point even if you edit it later with WiX or another solution. Be sure to check the ProductLanguage property for your MSI if you use WIWW, I always got a useless semicolon in front of the language code (e.g. ;1033) and it caused problems distributing the app from ZENWorks...


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I've used Windows Installer Wrapper Wizard for this in the past. It's a good starting point even if you edit it later with WiX or another solution. Be sure to check the ProductLanguage property for your MSI if you use WIWW, I always got a useless semicolon in front of the language code (e.g. ;1033) and it caused problems distributing the app from ZENWorks...

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I will try that option as well. I appreciate the advice. Nice to have others out there.

Robbie

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