MSI Default Install Location Question

Posted on 2009-06-30
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Last Modified: 2013-11-29
I'm trying to modify the default location that 'server.msi' uses for installation. Server.msi is the Front End server installation component of OCS 2007, and the path it defaults to is 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2\Server\'. I want to change this to 'D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2\Server\' (just a drive letter change), because I'm preparing an automated OCS server deployment via Altiris.

I'm not a packager by any means, but I've tried using Orca and WinInstallLE and from my uneducated view, it seems that TARGETDIR is the value to change within the MSI, but I have tried using 'D:\' and also '[WIPROPDriveD]' (as this appears to be what WinInsallLE uses when I change a drive letter). Neither work though, and when I run them I get a '2704' error from the MSI.

I reckon this is probably a very straightforward question for someone with packaging experience, but unfortunately I'm an infrastructure person, so in all honesty, I don't have a clue what I'm doing, even after having googled it for a while, so any help would be appreciated.
Question by:tbennett35
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by:Vadim Rapp
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If Altiris deployment allows specifying command line, then specify parameter TARGETDIR=<your directory>

That is
msiexec.exe /i server.msi TARGETDIR="D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2\Server\ "

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tbennett35 earned 0 total points
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That didn't work, however what does work is to specify INSTALLDIR=<Your Directory Path>. This seems to work for any MSI that would otherwise allow manipulation of the install directory via the GUI install.

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