This technical note describes how to use Microsoft's Systems Management Server to deploy Reflection.
Reflection uses the Microsoft Windows Installer technology for product installation. The Windows Installer (Msiexec.exe) uses the information contained within an installer package (*.msi) file to install an application.
Reflection 11.0 or higher requires Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) version 2.0. You must upgrade all Windows 2000 and NT machines to MSI 2.0 before installing Reflection. (Note: For information on platforms supported by Reflection, see bullet three above.)
During installation, if MSI 2.0 is not detected on your machine, you will be prompted to install the MSI service. After installing the service, you must restart Windows and restart the Reflection installation.
By default, Windows Installer 2.0 is included in Windows XP and Windows 2000 Service Pack 3. If your users are not running Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP3, you must create and distribute two installation packages, one to install or upgrade MSI 2.0, and one to install Reflection.
Optionally, you can install or upgrade to Windows Installer 3.0. Reflection does not require Windows Installer 3.0 to install, patch, or run; however, this version of the MSI installer does support better patch management, including the ability to remove patches.
To install Reflection with SMS, follow the steps listed below. For more information on customizing Reflection with the Customization Manager utility, consult your Reflection product documentation. For more information on working with SMS, consult your Microsoft product documentation.
For more information about using the Reflection Customization Manager to customize Reflection, refer to the Reflection Customization Manager help or see the section titled "Phase 2 - Customizing Reflection" in the Preparing to Deploy Reflection Guide, http://www.attachmate.com/docs/reflection/14.1/deploy.pdf.
If you used the Reflection Customization Manager utility to create a Windows Installer transform (.MST) file, you can add the file to the program in the Reflection installation package in SMS by editing the Command line on the Properties tab. For example, on the Properties tab of the Typical Installation Program, the command line would read:
"msiexec /i reflect.msi TRANSFORMS="MyTransform.mst"
where <Reflect.msi> is the name of the .MSI file for your product and MyTransform.mst is the name of the transform file you created.