White Paper: Chained MSI Installer Packages
Using Chained MSI Packages to Componentize Your Windows Installer Setup
Install developers often need to include other products within their own setup. InstallShield, coupled with Microsoft's Windows Installer (MSI) 4.5, offers new options for chaining installs together while avoiding the problems associated with the existing options of merge modules and nested installs.
Written by David Cole, Senior Software Engineer at IBM, this white paper describes using chained .msi packages in InstallShield and MSI 4.5 to componentize a setup. You will learn how to include other .msi packages within your own so that the result may be installed with the appearance of being a single product. It also compares chained .msi installer packages with InstallShield prerequisites, which provide another method for including third-party setups.