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VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials by Peter Björk

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Using MSI to distribute packages

When deploying a ThinApp package locally, the most common method is to use the MSI format. That being said, you could very well just copy the package down to the client's hard drive. ThinApp can generate an MSI wrapper around the package. Any deployment tool supporting the MSI format can use the MSI file. You can activate creation of an MSI file by deleting the semicolon in front of the MSIFilename parameter in Package.ini and running build.bat.

There are two different MSI file formats that you can create. The first alternative is a self-contained MSI file, containing both the MSI logic and the actual package files (entry points and the data container). The second alternative keeps the package files outside the ...

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