Collaboration, document how you
install an application, post information to appdeploy.com or even
better yet the cool solutions wiki.
Weigh the pros and cons of
creating MSIs for non MSI installers
Is it easier to use the firefox
installer as is with the silent switches or create an MSI?
Use the tools that fit.
Great for creating MSI from non
msi installers (Firefox)
Great for creating simple MSTs
from a vendors MSI
Advanced Installer/Purchased MSI
Great to create an MSI from a
application that does not have an installer
Pidgin, Putty, etc.
This is more for home built
software you may need to distribute
Vendors MST creators
Microsoft Office resource kit is
a great example, Acrobat Reader has one too.
When you just need to look at
the raw MSI data and make an MST or something that Admin Studio
does not seem to be able to handle
Modifying Product/Upgrade Codes so that the MSI you just made
with Admin Studio will properly upgrade your previously created MSIs
and work with any prior MSTs that application may have had