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Create a Companion Install Package

Create a companion install package (also called a "companion database") to install any files that are not installed with Reflection.

Note: Files that are opened by Reflection, such as settings files, must be installed in trusted locations. Before you add these files to the companion database, make sure you know which folders on user workstations are designated as trusted locations.

To create a companion install package

  1. From a command line, open the Attachmate Customization Tool:

    path_to_setup\setup.exe /admin

  2. From the Select Customization dialog box, select Create a new Companion installer (or open an existing MSI), and then click OK.
  3. From the navigation pane, select Specify package information.
  4. In the Add/Remove name box, type the name for the companion installation. (This is the title that is displayed in the Microsoft Windows Add/Remove Programs panel.)
  5. In the Organization name box, type the name for your organization.
  6. From the navigation pane, select Specify install locations.
  7. In the Default installation folder list, select the folder in which to install the program or files.
  8. In the Default shortcut folder list, select the folder in which to install program shortcuts.

    Note: List items that refer to folders (for example, [ProgramMenuFolder]) are pre-defined folder keywords. You can create customized directories by adding new folder names with typical directory syntax (such as, [ProgramFilesFolder]\My Folder). Alternatively, you can enter a fully qualified path (for example, C:\Program Files\My Folder), as long as that location is known to exist on the target machine.

  9. Under Installation type, select one of the following options:


    To set up the companion installation to

    Installs to all users of a machine

    Make files available for every user who logs onto the computer.

    Installs only for the user who installs it

    Make files available only for the user who installs it.

    Note: Installation Type folder options specify the access for the files (after the installation). These options affect only the folders to which you can install — you cannot change these options after you add a file.

  10. From the navigation pane, select Add files to add, update, or remove files or shortcuts.

    You can also modify setup properties or user settings for the companion installation.

    When you have finished creating your companion package, you can deploy it by itself or with Reflection. The package remains on the end user's computer until it is removed with the Microsoft Add/Remove Programs utility.

Related Topics

Panels for Creating and Editing Companion Installations

Add Files to a Companion Installer

Modify Setup Properties

Remove Application Features with Attachmate Customization Tool