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Trying to get Symantec Auto Install to successfully package multiple applications in a single package

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Hello - I've been told by Symantec tech support that it is not recommended to package multiple apps together in a single AI Build package executable.  Now - correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the main reason one would want to use this tool??  When I check their white paper on it, it specifically indicates the opposite of what they're saying - "You can install one or more applications, and configure them to suit your requirements" (before taking the post-installation snapshot of the model computer).  So - when I try packaging Office, Firefox, Adobe Reader, and a couple others small apps together, it fails.  the snapshot was taken on a Windows 7 computer, and tested on another Windows 7 PC, so it's not an issue with the OS being different.  Has anyone figured out the trick to this?  Or do we truly need a separate AI package for each application?
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Your question would be more likely to get answers if you provided details on what the error returned is and any log files - there might be many reasons for a failure.
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I"m not sure if or where a log file might be created, but these are parts of the errors I'm seeing:

"Cannot create file (windows path)\cookies"  error code=183
""Can't open file '|(division symbol)(up arrow sign)"  erro code=123
"Cannot access HKLM\components"  error code=87

These few errors repeat many times, as the package installation progresses, asking me to RETRY, SKIP, or CANCEL the operation.

Thanks much
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Was the computer on which you were building the packages fresh install of windows with all the patches applied prior to starting? It should be.

"Can't open file '|(division symbol)(up arrow sign)"  erro code=123
looks like some damage to the auto install log files during the capture process.
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by:Damian_Gardner
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Well - the target computer was a new one straight from Dell, with 7 freshly installed.  I didn't apply any new updates to it, which I could try and run it again to see what happens.
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How about the source computer for creating the packages?
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by:Damian_Gardner
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The source computer was a new Dell Optiplex workstation running Windows 7, while the target machine was a new HP laptop running Windows 7.
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by:Damian_Gardner
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I found that I still get these errors, even when individually packaged, and I followed the white paper instructions exactly - so, I'm chalking it up to either unsupported applications, or simply minor registry issues that are introduced by the using the auto-install procedure.

Thanks for your help gentlemen.

Damian
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I forgot to award pojnts for your effort.  sorry
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