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The "ComPlusProperty" Command

This command sets either:

  1. COM+ Application Attributes
    To update the application this command must be used as soon as possible after the "ComPlusApp" command and before any other related MAKEMSI COM+ application command.

    The attributes are documented, see "Applications Collection" in the Platform SDK: COM+ (for Component Services) Note that the documented constants are available for use.

  2. COM+ Component(s) Attributes
    To update a component this command must be placed between the "ComPlusCompUpdate" and "/ComPlusCompUpdate" commands.

    The attributes are documented, see "Components Collection" in the Platform SDK: COM+ (for Component Services) Note that the documented constants are available for use.

This command logs the setting of the properties and so helps pinpoint any problems if runtime errors occur.

The command takes these parameters:

EXAMPLE

This example shows an application being created. MAKEMSI is choosing the ID (a guid) and it will use the same one for any subsequent build. Both Application and component properties are being set.

;--- Include MAKEMSI --------------------------------------------------------
#include "ME.MMH"

;--- Define installation directory (INSTALLDIR) -----------------------------
<$DirectoryTree Key="INSTALLDIR" Dir="[ProgramFilesFolder]\SomeDirectory" CHANGE="\" PrimaryFolder="Y">

;--- I'm using any handy DLLs for this sample (I don't expect it to work...) ---
#define FILE_SRC_DIR       C:\Program Files\makemsi
#define SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#1  MakeMSI.DLL
#define SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#2  Reg4mm.dll

;--- Add the files (MSI components auto-generated) --------------------------
<$File RowKey="<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#1>" SOURCE="<$FILE_SRC_DIR>\<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#1>" Destination="[INSTALLDIR]\<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#1>">
<$File RowKey="<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#2>" SOURCE="<$FILE_SRC_DIR>\<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#2>" Destination="[INSTALLDIR]\<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#2>">

;--- Create properties for USERID/PASSWORD (could create dialog to ask user) ---
<$Property "USERID"   Value="Fred">   ;;Can override on command line if wanted
<$Property "PASSWORD" Value="abc">    ;;Can override on command line if wanted

;--- Define the COM+ Application --------------------------------------------
#data 'CaData' 2
    ;--- Pass installation directory and install time DLL names -------------
    "INSTALLDIR"        "[INSTALLDIR]"                ;;Location of installation directory
    "COMPLUS_DLL_1"     "[#<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#1>]"     ;;Want full install time location of specified file "RowKey"
    "COMPLUS_DLL_2"     "[#<$SAMPLE_COM+DLL_#2>]"

    ;--- Pass UserId and Password -------------------------------------------
    "USERID"            "[USERID]"
    "PASSWORD"          "[PASSWORD]"
#data
#(
<$ComPlusApp
   "DennisBareisTest"
       DELETE="Y"
         Data="CaData"
         User=^VbsCaCadGet("USERID")^ PassWord=^VbsCaCadGet("PASSWORD")^
;        User=^"Dennis"^ PassWord=^"abc"^
;          ID="{47819B72-386A-4400-830C-1D0172EBF456}"
>
#)
   ;--- Set some Application attributes -------------------------------------
   <$ComPlusProperty "Description"                     VALUE=^"Test Application created by TestMsi.MM"^>
   <$ComPlusProperty "AccessChecksLevel"               VALUE="COMAdminAccessChecksApplicationComponentLevel">
   <$ComPlusProperty "ApplicationAccessChecksEnabled"  VALUE="True">

   ;--- Create some application ROLES ---------------------------------------
   <$ComPlusRole "DennisBareisTestUsers" Description="Users for the DennisBareisTest test application" USERS="Everyone;Dennis">

   ;--- Add components (note that a single DLL can have more than 1 component!) -------------------------
   <$ComPlusComp DLL=^(*COMPLUS_DLL_1*)^>       ;;Filenames passed in Custom Action data (correct no matter where user installed them)
   <$ComPlusComp DLL=^(*COMPLUS_DLL_2*)^>

   ;--- Update the component(s) ---------------------------------------------
   <$ComPlusCompUpdate>          ;;Update all components (PROGID not supplied)
       ;--- Assign ROLES to the COMPONENT -----------------------------------
       <$ComPlusRole "DennisBareisTestUsers">
       <$ComPlusProperty "ComponentAccessChecksEnabled"  VALUE="True">
   <$/ComPlusCompUpdate>

   ;--- Try some exporting --------------------------------------------------
   <$ComPlusExport MSI="out\ExportedCom-App.msi"   PROXY="N">
   <$ComPlusExport MSI="out\ExportedCom-Proxy.msi" PROXY="Y">
<$/ComPlusApp>


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