[Fusioninventory-user] Is there a MSI to initally push the agent out to win clients?

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 22:22:08 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 1:50 AM, Gonéri Le Bouder <goneri at rulezlan.org> wrote:
> 2010/8/4 Rob Townley <rob.townley at gmail.com>:
>> Is there a .MSI to do the initial push of the windows client to
>> windows operating systems using Active Directory.
>> Is the only option the scripts that run on startup? logon?
> Hi Rob,
> I've to admit I'm not a Windows admin so please be tolerant :). Can you explain
> why do you prefer MSI package.
> Best regards,
> --
>      Gonéri Le Bouder

i wish i wasn't a windows admin, but at least work lets me deploy Linux at will.

MSI is the evil anti-thesis to NSIS.

.MSI files are  Microsoft Installer format.  With a OCSagent-setup.MSI
installation program,
current MS Active Directory administrators would be much more likely to
deploy the agent because it can be seamlessly pushed out with a couple of
clicks to all 10,000 workstations at next bootup.   I push out
OpenOffice.msi and FrontMotionFirefox.msi
and their updates to all workstations by default using this.  But to
use ActiveDirectory to _push_ software,
the software must be packaged as a MSI.  So obviously, OCS / Fusion
can fill a major void.

What is a little trickier is configuring the default install, but not
too difficult and
there are options.
 1.) If sysadmin can use a default hostname for the server, then no
configuration is necessary.
 2.) Server 2008 uses XML for creating Group Policy Objects to
configure pushed out
Microsoft Installer Files so that a single MSI could be configured as
Group Policy Object.
 3.) Or the admin could make a Microsoft Installer Transformation
(MST) package to modify - which isn't
too hard either because it is really just the diff from the original MSI.

There are some tools listed close to the bottom of this wiki.

Tutorial on using WIX to create a MSI.  Does not need Visual Studio,
but does need
.NET Framework 2.0 and its Service Pack 1:

The bottom line is that providing a simple MSI agent, the userbase for
Fusion / OCS
would explode.

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