Transform to an MST and Deploy

Posted on 2006-04-03
Last Modified: 2008-01-16

I have an MSI file for an application to be deployed on our network.  I understand I need to transform the file to include options appropriate to our organisation (server path, type of install etc).  I have downloaded Wise for Windows Installers to carry out a transformation.

Once I have created the MST file how do I go about deploying it..?

I thought I just needed to deploy via a GPO as I would an MSI file but I have read an MST file needs to be installed via the CMD line.

Can someone explain this process to me please..?  also, is there anything else I need to consider and is my understanding of the process correct..?

Many thanks..........  
Question by:Nael_Shahid
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    You'd usually just use the following command line:

    msiexec /i "ProductName.msi" TRANSFORMS="YourTransform.mst"

    Have you managed to create you transform successfully? I'd suggest stage one is to create a transform and use the command line above to test it on a machine and see if it produces the desired installation :)



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    Thanks for that.  I have not created the MST file as yet! I am struggling away at the moment.

    I will give your answer a go once I have the MST created.

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    I have managed to create the MST; all I needed to change were a few public properties.

    I properties I changed were supplied by the vendor to amend the INSTALLLEVEL, SEVER_LOCATION and SETUP_WIZARD however when I tested the install using the above I was still prompted by the setup wizard and needed to provide all the settings!

    Do I need to do something else to ensure the changed public properties are used?

    I am using Wise for Windows Installers
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    It sounds like it's either not finding or not accepting the transform.

    Have you tried specifying the full path both to the MSI and the transform?


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    When I change public properties do I need to do anything else when I run the install ? or do I just run It as stated above ?

    Author Comment

    Sorted.  I was changing the wrong properties!!

    I have tested as you said an all seems well.

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