How can I make an msi package BITS compliant

Posted on 2009-05-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
We have a request from our customer to make msi packages BITS compliant. (Background Intelligent Transfer Service )
Do you have any idea how this can be done ?

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BITS is actually used during Windows Automatic Updates in order to use the bandwidth effectively when downloading updates.

Could you be specific as to what application is being requested by the customer to be BITS Compliant ?

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We create msi packages and the customer wants to make sure that the windows installer packages we create are bits compliant.  How can we check this ?

Please advise.
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Could you be specific as to what application is being requested by the customer to be BITS Compliant ?
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The windows installer package that is being distributed via the sms 2003 distribution system.

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Miele102 earned 100 total points
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Applications can repackaged as a msi and can be published with sms but there are limited applications that use bits (Windows OS and some MS Office applications.) All other applications have there own update services. You can change update settings by repackaging a application with Orca or use a script.
When you provide the name of the application i can give you a more correct answer .
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Vadim Rapp earned 200 total points
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MSI files don't need to be BITS-aware, since they don't download themselves (unless you are using web-based installation packages, which is unlikely). SMS 2003 will use BITS if you configure the application as "download and execute," which means the installation files for the program are first sent to the machine, and the application is then installed from the local cached copy of the installation files.

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