Building a MSI
So I have done some reading, and found several helpful links here on itninja... but I still have a question/problem.
I am using Install Shield 2013 to make an MSI. I am using a custom action to make a basic MSI wrapping up a custom exe file. (I wrote a scipt and then converted it to a exe using a program called AutoIT).
I have created the MSI with the CA and everything seems to build correctly. However, when I run it on my test machine the MSI goes through its steps and I can even see the executable launch, However, the commands in the exe don't actually take effect. My exe is set to remove a program via cmd line... I see the cmd shell pop up, but the program does not actually get removed. Simplified: my msi is executing the exe file - but the commands are not actually executing. Does that make sense?
Now... before you ask. Yes, the exe works just fine outside of the MSI. If I just run the exe, without the MSI wrapper, it functions as it should and all is well. But i need the MSI so I can deliver and automated function to my users.
Also, I noticed in Install sheild I set where the "package" is to be delivered to the target machine. If I go to that file path on the target machine, I can drill down and actually find the exe file - so it seems as if the MSI just installed (copied) the desired exe to the C: of the machine - then I (or the user) would have to manually launch the exe. this is not the desired outcome.
Any thoughts as to what I can do differently am doing wrong?
Am I possibly misunderstanding the idea of a CA with a exe, in that it just delivers the exe OR can be used to execute an existing exe on the machine??
Answer Chosen by the Author
I just wanted to responsed to this thread and give an update (and "close" it). While working with some of the guidance provided from here, I was also attempting to work with Flexera support on a solution as well. I was finally able to get a hold of someone with a willingnes to help.
Instead of Install Shield, with a Custom Action, they suggested using Install Sheild and using Install Script. With this solution, I could script my needed executable commands (via CMD line) in the script and then launch msiexec and install my MSi created via AdminStudio.
In the end, I believe this is going to work... I just need to hammer out a few of the little details.