How can I create an MSI installer package?

Jero September 18, 2010
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I have to install a program all over the network. First try I made a vbs script that worked fine according to me, but I’m not allowed to do that again, because they say there are already too many scripts running.

Is it possible to create an .msi installer package without additional software? And why is it better than a .vbs script?

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  1. danasegarane
    September 23, 2010 at 1:18 am
  2. Anonymous
    September 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Hi
    write the script compatible in a visual basic environment e.g. vb6.0 or vb.net and create a .exe

    MAKEMSI
    http://dennisbareis.com/makemsi.htm

    InstallAnywhere
    http://www.flexerasoftware.com/products/installanywhere.htm

    look to this article
    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/MSI-Packaging-Tools.html

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257718

    try Inno Setup
    http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php#features

    Install Shield Express will scan your VB6
    project and create an MSI install based on it.

    FLEXNet AdminStudio SMS Edition! dont know if still available in free edition
    he SMS edition only contains the Repackager, the Distribution Wizard, and the Tuner. The Repackager is the most important tool. You can use it to create MSI packages. There are two ways to do this.

    You can repackage legacy packet formats. FLEXnet AdminStudio supports the formats of InstallShield, WinINSTALL, ZENworks, SMS, and Wise. The other way is to create a MSI package by capturing the setup process of the program you want to deploy.

    http://www.flexerasoftware.com/resources/trials.htm#adminstudio
    http://community.flexerasoftware.com/index.

    this article is in french
    http://www.laboratoire-microsoft.org/articles/network/creation_msi/

    A script cannot install a product, that cannot be installed
    unattended by default?
    Thats why you need to convert it into an MSI, which has the unattended
    installation ability by design.

    Every msi package can be installed by: msiexec /i name.msi /qn