Command Line Switches for MSI and MSP Installations

Hi Folks, Its time for yet another Guest Post; and we have Bhuvana writing for us. In this article she focuses on the command line arguments and the silent switches that can be used for msi and msp (un-installable patches). Bhuvana specializes in InstallShield & MSI Installers and her primary responsibility at work is “Build &… Continue reading Command Line Switches for MSI and MSP Installations

How to create a Virtual Machine using Sun VirtualBoX 3.0

VirtualBox is a powerful virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is Virtual Box an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers;  It is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software. VirtualBox 3.0 is capable of creating and running multi-processor virtual machines that… Continue reading How to create a Virtual Machine using Sun VirtualBoX 3.0

Points to Consider While Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

In this article, Scott Drucker and Jeff Woeber speak on the important points which are to be considered while moving from Windows XP  to Windows 7. Continuing this article, They will also be writing a Step by Step process to do a Windows 7 Migration using WinINSTALL. According to Microsoft’s Technet Website, “there is no Upgrade… Continue reading Points to Consider While Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

Infrastructure Planning & Design Guides for Server 2008 R2

In support of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 launch, Microsoft announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 this week the public release of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Series for Windows Server 2008 R2 – free best practice and guidance available to help Microsoft customers and partners accelerate their planning process of Windows Server… Continue reading Infrastructure Planning & Design Guides for Server 2008 R2

Creating your first WiX project

The Wix tools allow you to define the structure of a windows installer package using an XML file. This gives you all of the usual benefits of XML: easy editing with a variety of tools, the ability to modify the files using well-known technologies, and the ability to put the source file under source code… Continue reading Creating your first WiX project

Preparing for Windows 7 – Developers

Tim Sneath has posted a Windows 7 guide covering Application Compatibility and toolkits that enable you to take advantage of new features in Windows 7 like Multi-touch, Taskbar, Sensors and more. Click Here More Interactive Videos (Channel 9) 1. Sensors and Location Platforms – Click Here 2. Creating Ribbon Buttons for your applications – Click… Continue reading Preparing for Windows 7 – Developers

Access MSI Database in Deffered Context through Custom Actions

Deferred custom actions have limited access to the installation session. If your deferred custom action requires information about the installation that it cannot obtain through its limited access, then you can provide that information to the deferred custom action through the CustomActionData property. This method is only available to script and DLL deferred custom actions.… Continue reading Access MSI Database in Deffered Context through Custom Actions

Merge – Merge Module Contents to an MSI

There is always a need for a merging tool when we want to add the components in a merge module to our Installation Package(MSI). All the major packaging tools offer this functionality. There’s also an utility called MsiMerg.exe that ships as part of the Windows Installer SDK.  The syntax for using this utility – msimerg.exe {base… Continue reading Merge – Merge Module Contents to an MSI

Installing Specific Features in a MSI Package

The ADDLOCAL, ADDSOURCE, and ADVERTISE properties can be used to install only a certain number of known features. The following command-line script would be used to install the “Word” and “Excel” features of the example.msi package locally on the machine. Feature names are case-sensitive. msiexec /i example.msi ADDLOCAL=Word,Excel /qb The following command-line script would advertise… Continue reading Installing Specific Features in a MSI Package