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Convert EXE to MSI

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  • can we convert the exe to msi using the tool which is given in windows server 2000 under 3rd party tool(veritas).if it is possible how to do it.or else do we hv a tool in sccm to convert to exe to msi.either of way pls tell me the process.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008 1:40 PM

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  • We do not provide a tool to do that. You can likely get a tool from a 3rd party, and if so, then we can deploy the .msi file.

     

    We used to have a product called the SMS Installer that would create a .exe out of a software installation process. We then created a tool to convert those .exe to .msi, but only for ones it created, not generic .exe.

     

    Why do you even think you need to do so? SCCM can deploy .exe as easily as .msi?

     

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008 10:37 PM

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  • We do not provide a tool to do that. You can likely get a tool from a 3rd party, and if so, then we can deploy the .msi file.

     

    We used to have a product called the SMS Installer that would create a .exe out of a software installation process. We then created a tool to convert those .exe to .msi, but only for ones it created, not generic .exe.

     

    Why do you even think you need to do so? SCCM can deploy .exe as easily as .msi?

     

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008 10:37 PM
  • I tried to send the CA antivirus setup.exe .but when i creating the packagefordefiniton it is only expecting (.sms,.pdf.msi) only.so where can i giv the exe file.and at the same time i created a package for the CA setup.exe but under the programs it doesnt has any thing.so can u tell me the way hw to deploy the exe to client.

     

    sanka

    Thursday, January 31, 2008 3:30 AM
  • You can't use a .exe as a package definition. Sometimes the program manufacturers will create a package definition file (formerly .pdf, and now .sms for obvious reasons :-) .msi files can be imported as package definition files as well.

     

    However, you can still just create a package (not from definition), and then create your own program to call setup.exe with whatever command line parameters you want. A package definition file just pre-creates the package and programs for you, but you can easily create them on your own also.

     

    Check out the product docs: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680528.aspx

     

    Thursday, January 31, 2008 4:14 AM
  • I am trying to deploy three .exe files in a Windows 2003 Active Domain environment.  I  know this will not work without a 3rd party like WinINSTALL or using  SCCM but is there any other way to do this otherwise? I am thinking of using either a script or a sysprep file??? Would that be possible?
    Saturday, April 12, 2008 7:44 PM
  • If you are asking outside of Configuration Manager, then this is not the forum. We are ONLY Configuration Manager software distribution here :-)

     

     

    Sunday, April 13, 2008 7:09 PM
  • I spent a bit of time seeking a solution for this same problem and I am a little late for yours. I saw a person recommend a tool that costs 3 grand on another forum. After I finished laughing my *** off at him, I remembered that I installed a free program called 7zip. I right clicked the .exe file and extracted the contents into a folder and viola! There was my msi file ready for deployment and completely free of charge.

     

    Monday, May 12, 2008 6:36 PM
  • This is what you want:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb932316.aspx
    Adminstudio SCCM edition! It is actually free, limited in features but you do get the critical repackaging component - particularly handy for installscript 'infected' installers Smile

    Downside is you dont get the parts for post editing those generated MSIs, but you can easily upgrade to the full adminstudio product or cheap out and buy the basic Installshield 2008 suite that will happily sit along side it or some other editor.
    Monday, May 12, 2008 6:59 PM
  • Thanks very much guys, i will try both ways and see what the outcome will be. I wil keep you posted as soon as I will have a result. Smile It seems Microsoft is not very happy about itSmile)).

    Monday, May 19, 2008 6:49 PM
  • Hello,
    I want to convert exe files to msi so that I can use it to publish softwares for the client computers using windows server 2003 server's Active directory.
    What is the most  suitable option for this, please suggest??
    Is there any commandline tool which can do this?

    http://rajatnigam1.blogspot.in/

    • Edited by Rajat Nigam Tuesday, June 26, 2012 11:48 AM
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:58 AM
  • Are you talking about using GPOs to deploy applications? If so: this forum is for ConfigMgr related questions. Repackaging tools are listed here: http://www.appdeploy.com/tools
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:10 AM
  • There are nomerous tools to accomplish this. Some of the most popular are Wise Package Studio (http://www.symantec.com/business/package-studio) and Admin Studio (www.flexerasoftware.com). There used to ba a product called Wininstall that was owned by Veritas, but I thing it got "lost" when Symantec bought Veritas. A light version of this is included on the Windows 2000 CD (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742609.aspx)
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:14 AM
  • Thanks Torsten and Eirik, I will try my hand on these and will come back to you soon.
    Thanks once again for such a fast reply.
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:35 AM
  • Isnt there anything for free, I dont want to pay for a such a petty issue.
    Kindly provide me the direct link if possible.

    Thanks.
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:37 AM
  • Find an old Windows Server 2000 CD and look in the valueadd folder. WinInstall Limited Edition should be there.
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:29 PM
  • Thanks Eirik.
    Can I get it anywhere online??

    http://rajatnigam1.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:52 PM
  • Not that I'm aware of
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:53 PM
  • WinInstall LE was a standard tool for .EXE to .MSI transformation. It was distributed with older Windows version, but I'm not sure regarding latest ones. I know my colleagues are using EMCO EXE to MSI converter for repackaging tasks. As any repackager it requires some manual tuning, but we are able to repackage large installations to distribute to clients.
    Monday, August 01, 2011 4:56 PM
  • When it comes to commercial repackagers I prefer Advanced Installer: http://www.advancedinstaller.com . Their repackager actually interprets the captured data.

    As a free solution I liked the AppDeploy repackager: http://www.appdeploy.com/tools/repackager/index.asp

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011 9:18 PM
  • Hello Wally,

    Can u tell me how to deploy .exe user based application through sccm 2012
    Tuesday, October 01, 2013 3:01 PM
  • In SCCM 2012 if you are trying to deploy application you don't have the option to deploy .exe and you have only .MSI
    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:54 AM
  • In SCCM 2012 if you are trying to deploy application you don't have the option to deploy .exe and you have only .MSI
    This is not true. You can use the script method to deploy an exe.

    http://www.enhansoft.com/

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:33 AM