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create msi from exe?

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Is it possible?  Like to be able to deploy it via GPO..
my supplier and provider cannot help it would appear..

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by:pjam
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Yes there is a program: ExetomsiSetup.msi by Aprel Technologies LLC that claims to convert exe to msi.
You see more at:
http://www.exetomsi.com/
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have you used it?
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There are a number of programs that wrap an exe in an msi file.  Pjam suggested one, I started testing the free version of: http://www.exemsi.com/ but got distracted and didn't finish testing.

I have a feeling that these work for some deployments, but never as well as if a software developer actually builds and offers a native msi file.
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by:McKnife
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The wrappers work.
I used vinsvision wiww and lately exetomsi already a lot in the last maybe 7 years or more.

All they do is wrap a script into an MSI. That script can be short like
\\server\deploymentshare\setup.exe /silent

The parameter (like /silent in the example) is what you need to find. This will help you doing so: http://unattended.sourceforge.net/installers.php
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will take a look.
is it possible to (if when i get this workin) to add this msi to another msi?  e.g. it requires the core application be installed before this one is installed
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No.
You cannot have 2 instances of msiexec.exe running at the same time. [msiexec.exe installs those MSIs]
So you would need to distribute two packages. However, I don't know how to make sure A gets installed before B. You should resort to a startup script that calls A and then B.
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