How can I distribute DLL Libraries correctly?
Posted on 2008-10-09
I need to distribute SQLDMO with a program that I have developed (using Visual Studio 2005 Setup and Distribution project). The SQLDMO has several .DLL/.RLL files that are installed with SQL Enterprise Manager. But not everyone that uses the program will have it already installed in their machines. Right now I am installing and registering the files if I cannot find them on the locations that they are usually found (using file check conditions). But, I would like to know if it is possible to check if the dlls that need to be registered are already in the windows registry (because I think this may be safer than just checking for the actual file where I expect to find it).
My biggest fear is that I will overwrite registries locations with the files I am installing. This could be a problem if the version I am providing is older than the one that was already in the registry.
I am new to this area and I am not sure of what the safest way to handle this situation is.
Any information will be greatly appreciated!