Automating Application Installations

You can automate the installation of applications in many ways. This section discusses some of the most common solutions.

Windows Installer Technology

In recent years, Microsoft has developed a new technology for helping automate the process of application installation and upgrades. This technology is referred to as Windows Installer Technology and is included in Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Workstation, and likely all future Windows operating system platforms. As part of this solution, Microsoft has standardized and clearly defined a new procedure for application installations that relies on a special installation definition file called a Microsoft Installer file or .MSI file. Every application that ...

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