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  • Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

    I need to convert a .exe to a .msi so i can push it off thru GPO.


    Thank you...

    Paul

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    Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

    That is not so simple. What is the exe ? Is it a setup file?

    Creating MSIs is not a matter of a simple conversion in most cases..
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    • #3
      Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

      You can use this software to convert the EXE to MSI
      I use the free version for my conversions.
      http://www.advancedinstaller.com/
      MCSE : Windows Server 2003

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      • #4
        Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

        Hi,

        I already installed the advance Installer 6.2. Yes, it create MSI package but when I push it through GPO, the package shown up in add/remove program but not installed. I m very very new in this GPO and active directory. Can anyone show me how it is done? I can push PRO11.MSI (office 2003) and it is automatically installed. After a few minutes I can use the office package. So, I converted .exe file into .msi and then I tried install it as I install the PRO11.msi, but it did not work. I use WinRAR application for testing of the above.

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        • #5
          Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

          For testing the created MSI, do not yet push it through a GPO (there could be a problem with the package it self, or it might not be suitable for non-interactive installations). First test the manual installation of the msi package on a computer logged on as a local Administrator to see if nothing is wrong with the self created package.

          Is this GPO software installation configuration for users or set to computers?


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          • #6
            Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

            There are two ways to provide software through GPO.
            You can assign it to a computer or publish it to a user. When published to a user the software is not installed but made available through add and remove programs.
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            • #7
              Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

              Hi you all,

              I used advanced Installer to convert .exe file to .msi and it works. following Rems advise, I did try to install on my Pc before I try to push it from AD (I use assigned). I still requires user to double click on the icon to install the program. Can we automate this process so user will start using the application rather involving themselves in installation process and it would be more trouble for me. Thanks guys for all the help so far.

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              • #8
                Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

                You need to use ORK .

                it is a tool for creating MST for the office then you can add the MST file to the MSI file and the installation will be done automatically

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                • #9
                  Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

                  Originally posted by Serro View Post
                  You need to use ORK .

                  it is a tool for creating MST for the office then you can add the MST file to the MSI file and the installation will be done automatically

                  Where has the OP said he is trying to install MS Office?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

                    Your research that you did before you posted has told you everything you need to know http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257718
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                    • #11
                      Re: Convert .exe to a .msi for GPO

                      Or simply write a startup script to run the exe file?
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