Using Orca To Change Service

I have a Windows Service I created that I want to install multiple times on the same server without having to create multiple duplicate VS projects. Is there a way to use Orca to edit the MSI file to this end?

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There is a way, but it's not easy. Basically, you need to generate multiple transforms which represent different instances of your product:

  • use Transform -> New Transform menu to start creating a transform
  • change the ProductCode and ProductName properties in Property table
  • change your service name
  • save the transform
  • do the same for the other instances you want to have
  • when installing the package, use one of the transforms: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490766.aspx

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