One of the benefits of compatibility checking all applications is that the first step for non-MSI apps is to repackage it which helps in maintaining a standard for all apps in your estate. ChangeBASE has a built-in conversion tool and this has been the standard method for converting non-MSI packages into MSI format in order to import into ChangeBASE for compatibility assessment. This works well but there are some scenarios where you may want more control over repackaging jobs. This is where ChangeBASE 6.1 helps out as it allows us to use either the built-in repackaging technology, or MSI Studio. The key difference here is that MSI Studio allows us to use the "Manual Configuration" option where we can easily tweak the install (for example turning off auto-updates) during the repackaging process. Another advantage of MSI Studio is that it monitors all changes which happen during the install, rather than just the changes made by the EXE installer file.
There are full details on how to set this up in the User Guide, but I thought it would be useful for me to share this on the blog. Here are the required steps: