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Re: Creating an installer package for SSNS applications

Subject: Re: Creating an installer package for SSNS applications
From: matt roberts
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 08:25:49 +0000 UTC
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.sqlserver.notificationsvcs
Hello ramadu,

Thanks for the info. I think I will work with batch files for the installation - due to time constraints I think it will just be that and a procedure explaining what to do - I don't think I have the time to get to grips with installshield or WISE installer.
I agree with your point about lack of information about this topic. I too
am using the Shyam book as my main reference, and it does in no way cover
this topic in enough depth - its my only complaint about the book. It seems
that the assumed common scenario is that the application will be installed
on an intranet manually by the SSNS developer, which just isn't the case.

Hi Matt,

I built the SSNS installation package using InstallShield. I had
another remoting server on top of the SSNS, so I packaged them into
one installable. What I do is, once the ADF files & batch files are
copied into the destination directory, call the batch files which will
create the notification database, register the instance, and start the
service. My batch files are based off what is provided in the SSNS
examples and I built more functionality on top of them.

Also, during uninstallation, I call the batch files which remove the
database and unregister the notification instance.

To set the database name, server name, login accounts etc., you could
specify them as variables in the XML files and then have them as
inputs in the command prompt which will open when you run the batch

Take a closer look at the batch files provided with the samples. They
are very useful.

As a general note (to the entire group), I haven't found too many
resources on deployment and maintenance of SSNS and had to come up
with homegrown techniques, much as I dislike them. Even Shyam Pather's
book, which I consult, briefly touches on deployment scenarios. This
was one of the major pain points for me as I used SSNS as I have to
make installation really simple and painless for my end users. I'd
really appreciate it if someone put out best practices for
installation and deployment (or if someone pointed me to the right
URL). Thanks!

- ramadu



I want to create an installer package for my SSNS application. Its
going to shipped to a number of clients, and each client will need to
customise the installation to do things like set up local accounts
for running the windows service, specifying the database name and
server name, and other stuff. Its going to quite tricky for us to
manage this through a set of instructions and support phone calls, so
an installer would come in very useful.

Has anyone anyone experience of doing this, and if so what did they
use? I coiuld write something in .NET that would probably do the
trick - it would have to write a batch file using the choices that
the user makes, but maybe theres an easier way somehow - maybe using
something like WISE installer?

Any ideas welcome - thanks!


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