Saturday, September 24, 2005 12:02 AM bart

Already heard about Orca? (no, not Orcas!)

A few days ago I was faced with the challenge to create an MST (transform file) for an MSI package, other than Office. I knew about the MST capabilities of MSI from the Office installation space since, if I'm not mistaken, Office 2000 using the ORK (Office Resource Kit). However, this time I needed a way to do this for arbitraty setups. So, I found a tool called "Orca" in the Platform SDK (bin folder) that does all of this stuff, and even more (see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;255905).

Some documentation extracts to put the Orca taste on your lips :-)

Orca is a Windows Installer package editor provided as part of the Windows Installer SDK and designed to provide full access to the database tables that compose a Windows Installer package. While Orca provides powerful access to all features of the Windows Installer, it is not intended to replace a full-featured package-authoring environment.

Windows Installer enables the efficient installation and configuration of your products and applications. Orca can be used to create and edit Windows Installer databases. These include installation databases (.msi files), merge modules (.msm files), database patches (.msp files), database transforms (.mst files), validation modules (.cub files), and patch creation (.pcp files.)

Have fun (if you ever need it and you didn't know it exists - which was the case for me). Btw, information on Orcas will follow later on over here as well :-).

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