Category Archives: Application Packaging

Application Packaging

  • How to make Extracted MSI work:

    Posted on March 26, 2012 by in Application Packaging

    In our earlier post we explained how to extract an MSI from the Setup.exe. The MSI is normally extracted to the %temp% directory.
    In some applications when you try to run these MSI’s that are extracted they will throw the following error message “This application cannot be installed. Please run the application from SETUP.EXE

  • MSI Installation Command lines, Switches

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by in Application Packaging

    1. Installing an msi from command line
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI”

    2. Installing an msi from command line silently
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI” /QB  Displays progress bar and cancel button
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI” /QB+  pops up a status windows after the installation
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI” /QB!  Displays progress bar without cancel button
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI” /QN  Displays nothing
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI” /QN+  pops up a status window after the installation

    3. Installing an msi from command line silently and creating a log file.
    MSIEXEC /I “PATH TO MSI” /QB /L*v “c:\logs\example.log”

  • Active Setup

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by in Application Packaging, Desktop Engineering

    1. Active setup is a process that runs automatically during the login process.
    2. It is mainly used to complete specific run once setup tasks for each user as they log in to a given machine after an active setup based package is installed.

  • PROCEDURE TO EXTRACT AN MSI FROM AN SETUP.EXE

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by in Application Packaging

    In the recent times most of the installation files that are provided by the vendors are in .MSI format. However some vendors do provide installation files in Setup.exe format. The Setup.exe’s that are build by installshield has an embedded .msi files in it.
    It is easier to package these types of applications by extracting those .msi files and creating Transforms for these MSI’s.
    Note: DONOT USE SETUP CAPTURE OR USE REPACKAGER TOOL TO PACKAGE THESE TYPES OF EXE’S.

  • How to Create a Response file (.iss)

    Posted on March 17, 2012 by in Application Packaging, Desktop Engineering

    Installshield Setup.exe allows creating a Response file. Response file is set of instruction captured in the process of installation. The iss file contains the customizations that were captured during installation. This is very helpful during deployment in large enterprises as it facilitates silent/unattended installation.

    Switches used:

    /r or -r
    /f1 or -f1
    /f2 or -f2

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