Wise Packaging

Microsoft Best Practices on Packaging 

10-16-2007 01:20 PM

Here are a few tips I picked up from Microsoft about how to "color inside the lines" when using any tool (including Wise Package Studio) to create an MSI. Hope these help.

  • Match components in previous versions of the MSI:
    1. Keypath resource matches a resource in previous .MSI list
    2. Match component layout of previous .MSI
    3. Set component key to match previous version.
  • Add all executable files to their own components
  • Create new component for the resource
  • Add all .TLB files to their own components
  • Group matching .HLP and .CNT files together
  • Group matching .CHM and .CHI files together
  • Put registry keys associated with files or components in matching components.
  • Put current user registry keys in their own component
  • Put non-current user registry keys in their own component.
  • Group all non-executable files to their own component
  • Name new non-advertised shortcuts by destination directory.
  • Group non-key path resources by resource type
  • Create new components for resources not matching other criteria.
  • Set component key to table name of key path or the first resource.

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10-16-2007 09:10 PM

Hi Joel,
It's really nice that, you have put up this point here. I will surely work on the document and share it with you as early as possible.
Thanks for your comments.

10-16-2007 04:00 PM

Have you considered creating a quick guide (article) on how to do these things within Wise? For someone like me who has little experience with Packaging it would be very useful as a Best Practices reference.
Joel Smith
Altiris Support
Principle Support Engineer

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