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Is there a DOS command to create MSI package from a COM+ server.
I want to create a batch file that will create MSI packages on my COM+ server.
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No, there is no DOS command to create msi packages.

An msi is basically a relational database, containing tables.  Within these tables can be stored references to files, registry values, shortcuts and com installations, plus conditions, GUI dialogs, custom actions and many more things.  One of the tables can also store the compressed binaries of the files themselves, so a single msi file can contain all the information and the files themselves.

The information within an msi is used by the Windows Installer service to deliver the shortcuts files and registry values as a software installation.

MSI packages can be created
1. using a tool like Wise Package Studio or AdminStudio to capture a non-Windows-Installer-based installation into an msi package.
2. using MS Visual studio to create an application and then use it's functionality to generate an msi to install it
3. from scratch using MS Orca, InstEd (http://www.instedit.com/), Advanced Installer (http://www.advancedinstaller.com), or something similar.
4. using scripting methods accessing the Windows Installer API.

So, if you want to create an msi, you must want to install something on one or more computers.  

Hope this helps,
Daz.
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