configuring MSI

I know theres a multitude of guides out there for this but I have specific questions that none answer. when creating an MSI file do I need to create it on the server or can I create it on a domain desktop then use my clipboard to copy and move via remote destop to my server? I feel like this somehow disrupts the .msi file. I've shared the proper network folder and have set all the trust relationships and policies to allow either me or the computer I'm using to see the programs. yet every computer restart I'm left with the same result. no programs were deployed. it is frustrating, please help.
AkshiakAsked:
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Vadim RappCommented:
You create MSI file on your computer. Then, the best way to publish it for deployment is to create administrative installation on server share. For that, if your MSI-authoring program can't do it for you, you transfer your MSI to remote server, and there you run it with command parameter /a, and it will create so called administrative image. Part of that administrative image will be MSI with the same name as the original, but much smaller, because all the files will be outside of it. The advantage of this method is (1) faster installation by the clients, because they won't have to unpack, and (2) ability to patch the installation later, i.e. if there's new version of one small file, you can simply replace it in the admin image, rather than create whole new version.

Another interesting possibility is to run the product from source, i.e. workstations would be running the exe directly from the share, without installing it locally.
AkshiakAuthor Commented:
okay this sounds perfect. can you direct me to an article for a step by step process. we run a program through a shared storage drive so this would be perfect to push it through this method aswell.
Vadim RappCommented:

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