Enabling Advanced Windows Installer Logging

Throughout my tenure while working in support, I would occasionally come across issues where the issue I was troubleshooting with a particular product was the actual installation. Too often the error would be some generic error (with an error code of 1603 or something similar) or one of those “unexpected errors.” One way to get…

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App-V 5: MSI Wrapper Caveats (Oh, and App-V WMI classes are different in 5.0)

For those enterprises using 3rd-party ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) products to deploy and manage software, use of the MSI-wrapper makes it easy to incorporate these types of applications into their environments. In App-V, when you “install” a virtual application using the MSI wrapper, all that is being done are custom actions that add and publish…


MDOP 2013 embeds APP-V MSI's inside of EXE files

If you are looking for the MSI installer files for APP-V 5 SP1, you will need to manually extract them from the EXE files. The App-V 5.0 SP1 (Client/Server) MSI’s can be extracted using this command: appv_xxx_setup.exe /Layout /LayoutDir=”<path>”   i.e. c:\temp>appv_client_setup.exe /Layout /LayoutDir=”c:\temp”)   The language pack MSI will be laid out with the client…