Creating a proper MSI Package to deploy application
Posted on 2007-11-30
My company uses an application which is updated on regular bases. A new version of the application arrives on a CD which I have to install it on every single machine. I thought about creating a Windows Installer MSI package and use a Group Policy to deploy the application to all client machines.
The application expires after a certain length of time and therefore the new installation of this application should overwrite the old installations i.e. the same path structure etc.
I have used Advanced Installer Version 6.0.1to create the required MSI.
When I tried to deploy it using Group Policy to client computers I could see before the logon screen that the software is being installed. But when I log in the old software is still there (not overwritten) and nothing else is there.
I have tried to get the program installed on C:\Program files\Product Name\Program Folder but sometimes, after the installation is complete, I find the path different. I get something like C:\Program files\Company name\Product name and it does not install properly.
I am certain that the problem lies with MSI file that I have created using the Advanced Installer program but I am not really an expert with that application.
I am using Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition and all client machines are Windows XP
Any help regarding this will be much appreciated. Any question please let me know.