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Return to GetVolumeNumber

by on Sep.02, 2008, under Novell, Politics, Scripting, Study, Training, Work

Since my last post I came to the realisation that I really didn’t like the way that the Diskpart box popped up on screen during the function call, so I did what I said I should have done and created the function the other way. This also cleans up the text files after completion, which is something the previous function didn’t do.

For completeness I also made the function a little more generic, so it takes the Volume Label as the Variable, and falls back to “IMAGE” if none was passed.

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MSI Installer Limitations

by on Aug.28, 2008, under Novell, Scripting, Study, Work

I have spent the last few days creating a few MSI packages and fixing some pre-existing MSI packages. One issue that I found with working on an MSI that installs files to a Hidden partition is that InstallShield has very little in the way of control over partitions, mountpoints and the like. This was not really an issue, as I am using a SOE and can Mount Volumes through VBScript.

The one issue that we had with mounting this specific Volume is that if a USB Drive or a Virtual CD/DVD drive is installed on the machine, it modifies the volume numbering scheme. The volume we were previously attempting to mount was Volume 3. This became Volume 4 in the even that another drive was connected, or a higher number depending on how the USB drive was partitioned.

Not a grand issue, but one that was overlooked by the Corporate boys when they released one of their imaging tools (the hidden volume is the Image volume). I modified their install script to use a bit more smarts when attempting to find the volume it needs. (continue reading…)

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