Software Deployment Question

build setup.exe for multiple MSI

04/25/2012 6544 views



Sorry if this question have allready been ask but I can't find information. I have to package an application that containt different .EXE and .MSI files. I want them to be include in a single setup.exe. I mean that the setup.exe would launch differente prerequisite application before installation the application.

I am using Adminstudio 10. Any one know what would be the best solution?

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Best solution is to break it up into component MSIs and install them separately.  Doing the install this way with nested MSi and exe files will quickly lead to madness.  Updates and patching will be challenging at best.  Think also of your logic tree: if each has 2 options (yes/no), a little math will indicate how quickly unmangeable the possible combinations are.  I'd really suggest not to go down this path.

Answered 04/25/2012 by: Arminius
Second Degree Green Belt

  • Do you have a single executable that calls MSI and EXE in sequence ,if yes you can customise the exe .

    Else suggest you individually breakup the MSI and exe and customise individually .You can then crate a script using tools like SMS installer ,Auto IT and generate an exe.
    • I want to build a single .EXE thay calls MSI and EXE but I dont know how to do this and I can't find documentation relative to this.
  • I really dont want to go nested MSI but I know there is setup.exe build from adminstudio that could handle prerequisite application.
  • I agree this will make patching and updates a mess... why not use a simple Bat file to call the multiple msiexec commands?
  • I was going to go with a batch file as second option. We need to give the application to some client and wish to give them a single exec with all prerequisite include. I was wondering to know how this was possibile to be made.

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Create an install script in Admin Studio to install these all together.

Answered 04/26/2012 by: piyushnasa
Red Belt

  • I will try to figure out how to do this. Thank you!

Do you mean building a a MSI Project and adding installscript to install MSI and EXE?


Answered 04/27/2012 by: lzeptile
White Belt

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