Software Deployment Question

Difference between Response Transform & Transform?

09/26/2013 5992 views

Here below is what i know,

Transform- Replica of MSI

Response Transform- will help us to know where the information that we pass while instaling the msi will be stored


My question is,

I've an msi where i need to pass server info while installing

i've created response transform for that and shall i submit it or do i need to know the information and then i need to create normal transform and include the information in that.

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you just need to create the Response Transform with the data you need. Then submit it with the install command msiexec.

Should be fine that way.


Answered 09/26/2013 by: Rumpelminz
White Belt

  • TRANFORM file or MST is sometimes called "Response file" and so they are just the same. After you have created your MST for example with Install Tailor, you still need to customized it depending on your requirements.

TRANFORM file or MST is sometimes called "Response file" and so they are just the same. 

Answered 09/26/2013 by: EVEEN
Green Belt



A transform file should not be thought of as a response file.  A MST file allows us to alter the installation behavior of an MSI, including the ability to add or remove items, whereas a response file only provides answers to specific installation procedures, most commonly the ISS files generated by InstallShield setups.  A response file cannot add an ODBC entry, modify REG keys, add config files, etc.

The Difference between a Response Transform & a 'regular' Transform is only in the manner in which it is created.  A Response MST is created when using Tuner (or another utility) which collects our input - A.K.A. our Responses - when executing the UI of an MSI. The responses are then incorporated into a Transform.  Only when Tuner asks us to create a Transform are we asked whether or not we want to create a Response Transform.  At no other time do we refer to the MST as a Response Transform, regardless of the manner in which it was made.


Answered 09/26/2013 by: vjaneczko
9th Degree Black Belt

  • My head is spinning.. O.O
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