Installing BDD 2007 with ‘Secret’ Option

Deployment WorkbenchI installed BDD 2007 (Business Desktop Deployment 2007) recently and started trying to figure it out. One of the first things I noticed was when it was copying my installation files from my Vista disk, it was putting them in a location that I didn’t want them in, and that I never chose. To top it off, the copy window offered no option to cancel, so I had to wait for the 2GB+ of files to copy before I could then go delete them.

Why did it do this? The poorly written Release Notes give a clue. The Installation section describes how to uninstall the software (go figure), and adds that you may have to manually delete folders, including the ‘Distribution’ folder that by default is on the disk that had the most free space when you did the install. Ah ha! It chose a location without asking me based on free space. But how do I choose where I want the distribution folder to go?

Poking around on the web I found this TechNet page that describes the install, and mentions how to do it. It’s definitely not intuitive, I’ve never seen an install with this kind of option choice in this location, it would generally be a separate step in the install. OK, so it may not be ‘Secret’ (caught your eye though, didn’t it!), but I’d bet that almost no one that’s done the install knew the options was there, or even thought to look until their Distribution folder ended up in a bad location. So, here’s how to install BDD 2007 and choose where you’d like your Distribution folder to go:

  1. Download BDD 2007 from here. Double-click the BDD2007_x86.msi file (or BDD2007_x64.msi if you’re running 64-bit) to start the install
  2. At the Welcome screen, hit Next
  3. At the License Agreement screen, select the ‘accept’ button, and click Next
    License Agreement
  4. Here’s the magic screen, where you can do the Custom Setup.
    Custom Setup
  5. On most installs I’ve seen, you have the option to click and choose if you want the feature installed or not, or if you want to be sure it’s installed locally, or on demand.
    Typical Setup Options
  6. Notice on this one though, when I click on the ‘Distribution Share’ feature, a Location path is listed, and a Browse button appears.
    Distribution share
  7. Click on the Browse button and you can point to where you’d like your distribution point files located. In my case, I’m creating a folder called Distribution on my D: drive.
    New Location
  8. You’ll see the location you chose listed on the Custom Setup screen. Click Next.
    Custom Setup
  9. The install proceeds, at this point a bit over 11MB will be placed in the Distribution point, much more will be added once you create your first Operating System.
  10. When the installation is done, click Finish

16 Replies to “Installing BDD 2007 with ‘Secret’ Option”

  1. Secret option? Well, not intentionally. Most MSIs work that way.

    Because this doesn’t seem to be obvious to most people, we have added this into our training classes, making it a point to show how and where you set this path.

    -Michael Niehaus
    Software Development Engineer/BDD dev lead

  2. @Michael: Thanks for the info. As I mentioned in the post, ‘secret’ isn’t the proper term, but it’s eye catching. I’m glad to know you took the point though and it’s great that the training will point out this not so obvious setting!

  3. You can change the distribution point after BDD 2007 is installed, it’s just a reg key that keeps track of the folder.

    It’s located under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\BDD 2007
    I just changed the path in the registry, copied all the data from the “old” location to the “new” location and started BDD again.

    It worked without problems for me, when i added a new operating system it copied all the files to the new location.

  4. I figured their probably would be a registry key that could be edited, and I was even going to post it when I wrote the article, but I guess that thought fell out the back of my head. Thanks for listing it for us!

  5. Just be careful changing the path via the registry – existing shares won’t be updated to reflect those paths, so you could have issues with the deployment points.

  6. Secret option? Well, not intentionally. Most MSIs work that way.
    Because this doesn’t seem to be obvious to most people

    – Nizar Ben Nouba
    Software Development Engineer | BDD Lead

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