Burn a CD as a executable

Hi Guys,

I feel this might be a really stupid question but I could be wrong.

I have a MS office disk with MS office 2003 on it. I want to be able to save the installer from the disk on a network drive so anyone in the organisation can access it. (along with about 5-6 other installers)

can I just drag and drop the files from the Disk to a folder? or is there a way to save it so it is like an actual installation file.

I might be wording this all wrong! but what popped into my head was saving it as an ISO. I used image burn to do this but then the issue is that other users who don't have this installed can not install it.

All advice welcome!
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peggiegregAsked:
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
I have created a folder on a network share and copied the entire contents of a CD to it and it has worked but then I have done it and it hasn't worked...

My suggestion would be to extract the contents of the ISO to the network share instead. Still create a single folder though just for aesthetics.
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discgmanCommented:
Drag and drop the files to a folder on the network. Run the setup program for the users. It should install and prompt them for the serial key.
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shahzoorCommented:
First of all please make sure that your license of office and other installers support sharing or copying, else its illegal
Secondly there is a distribution policy related to all software, do check if other installers or software allow you to do that as well.
as @Zac Harris and discgman said you can create a network share or map a drive having a set of users allowed to access it
You can do it easily if you have active directory running in your environment.
Set the permissions to read only, selected users can only access or copy it and install it
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
@Zac Harris, @discgman

when I drag and drop the files into a folder it says that its unable to copy some .dll files etc. then when I try to run the installer, it says the installation is incomplete.

this is exactly why I thought you couldn't just copy and paste. im looking at saving an ISO as an executable.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Exactly, drag and drop sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. The most reliable way is to create an ISO and then extract the ISO contents to the network share drive.
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
how do I create an ISO?
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Since you have an install disc you can use a program called imgburn it's free and easy to use. Http://www.imgburn.com
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Then copy the ISO to the network share and use another free program called UniExtract to extract the ISO to the network share. http://legroom.net/software/uniextract

Or if you wanted, you could deploy a virtual media drive to your client pcs and mount the ISO from the network share and install it that way.

Here is a link to a free program for that: http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html
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