Quick hit: MSI installation inside VPC 2007 SP1

I ran into an issue a few months ago while I was trying to install the TFS Administration Tool downloaded from CodePlex, into a Windows Server 2008 image running inside VPC 2007 SP1. The issue? “Please wait while the installer finishes determining your disk space requirements.”

I waited, then clicked the Retry button. Same thing. Repeat.

I thought it was an issue with the admin tool installer, but then I tried to install the ASP.NET MVC 1.0 release on the same VPC image. It gave me the same error message. (The VPC image was running Windows Server 2008. My host OS was Windows 7.)

I did a quick BING search for the error message. The second item in the search results led me to Hai’s blog (“You are making my point!”) entry http://www.hyperbina.com/tech/blog/?p=52.


Here’s the example command line he uses:

D:\>msiexec.exe /package MyInstallationPackage.msi /qr

I like to see the dialog box messages, so I ran the command without the /qr switch, and both installations worked without a hitch. (Note: I ran these from an administrator command prompt. )

Workaround found. Thanks Bing.

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