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Hi,

please provide a *real* MSI package, not just an EXE wrapper. Maybe you can contact the guy at https://www.frontmotion.com/ for help.

Thanks, ldlx

Hi, please provide a *real* MSI package, not just an EXE wrapper. Maybe you can contact the guy at https://www.frontmotion.com/ for help. Thanks, ldlx
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James
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MSI for Firefox only started as of Fx 65.0

There will be MSI for the Fx 68.0 ESR out on July 9.

MSI for Firefox only started as of [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/65.0/releasenotes/ Fx 65.0] There will be MSI for the Fx 68.0 ESR out on July 9.
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James said

MSI for Firefox only started as of Fx 65.0 There will be MSI for the Fx 68.0 ESR out on July 9.

The latest MSI is just an EXE wrapper, but not a real MSI package!!!

''James [[#answer-1208870|said]]'' <blockquote> MSI for Firefox only started as of [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/65.0/releasenotes/ Fx 65.0] There will be MSI for the Fx 68.0 ESR out on July 9. </blockquote> The latest MSI is just an EXE wrapper, but not a real MSI package!!!
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WestEnd
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I would use this site to download firefox browser instead.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

I would use this site to download firefox browser instead. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

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WestEnd said

firefox has nothing to do with that site you listed. One should use the firefox official site to download and install the browser only.

Tell me something I don't know. But: that guy has a working MSI installer using the original binaries, which is not just an EXE wrapper - since years. There's a version that is original/not customized (and supports the Mozilla group policy templates made by Mike Kaply) and a customized version ("Community Edition") with it's own group policy templates.

''WestEnd [[#answer-1208884|said]]'' <blockquote> firefox has nothing to do with that site you listed. One should use the firefox official site to download and install the browser only. </blockquote> Tell me something I don't know. But: that guy has a working MSI installer using the original binaries, which is not just an EXE wrapper - since years. There's a version that is original/not customized (and supports the Mozilla group policy templates made by Mike Kaply) and a customized version ("Community Edition") with it's own group policy templates.
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jscher2000
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What is the reason the MSI installer is needed? Does your enterprise security software block the unpacker in the regular EXE? Some other reason?

What is the reason the MSI installer is needed? Does your enterprise security software block the unpacker in the regular EXE? Some other reason?
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What is the reason the MSI installer is needed? Does your enterprise security software block the unpacker in the regular EXE? Some other reason?

MSIs can be easily deployed using group policies (so not script-based "install on every startup"). And MSIs don't describe steps to do for an install/uninstall, they describe a state (which is the basic difference to other installers, e.g. NSIS, this is why "repair installs" are possible).

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1208905|said]]'' <blockquote> What is the reason the MSI installer is needed? Does your enterprise security software block the unpacker in the regular EXE? Some other reason? </blockquote> MSIs can be easily deployed using group policies (so not script-based "install on every startup"). And MSIs don't describe steps to do for an install/uninstall, they describe a state (which is the basic difference to other installers, e.g. NSIS, this is why "repair installs" are possible).
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jscher2000 said

What is the reason the MSI installer is needed? Does your enterprise security software block the unpacker in the regular EXE? Some other reason?

And: *real* MSI installers are customizable. Shortcuts, folder

names, registry entries, etc..
''jscher2000 [[#answer-1208905|said]]'' <blockquote> What is the reason the MSI installer is needed? Does your enterprise security software block the unpacker in the regular EXE? Some other reason? </blockquote> And: *real* MSI installers are customizable. Shortcuts, folder names, registry entries, etc..
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jscher2000
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I'll mark this thread for "Firefox for Enterprise" to see whether that team has any input.

I'll mark this thread for "Firefox for Enterprise" to see whether that team has any input.
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Moses
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Moved to Firefox for Enterprise forum.

Moved to Firefox for Enterprise forum.
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WestEnd said

I would use this site to download firefox browser instead. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

That is for the regular offline setup .exe's for Windows that regular Firefox users use and not the MSI installers as being discussed in this thread.

The MSI installers for Windows are listed in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/deploy-firefox-msi-installers in which the OP is aware of.

''WestEnd [[#answer-1208884|said]]'' <blockquote> I would use this site to download firefox browser instead. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ </blockquote> That is for the regular offline setup .exe's for Windows that regular Firefox users use and not the MSI installers as being discussed in this thread. The MSI installers for Windows are listed in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/deploy-firefox-msi-installers in which the OP is aware of.

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jscher2000 said

I'll mark this thread for "Firefox for Enterprise" to see whether that team has any input.

Hi jscher2000... did you get any feedback on this?

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1208957|said]]'' <blockquote> I'll mark this thread for "Firefox for Enterprise" to see whether that team has any input. </blockquote> Hi jscher2000... did you get any feedback on this?
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jscher2000
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Well, your thread was moved to the Firefox for Enterprise forum, but the threads here are more focused on policy issues than on how builds are created, so maybe that explains the silence.

Are you part of the Enterprise Working Group mailing list? You could check the archives to see whether it has been discussed there: https://mail.mozilla.org/listinfo/enterprise

Well, your thread was moved to the Firefox for Enterprise forum, but the threads here are more focused on policy issues than on how builds are created, so maybe that explains the silence. Are you part of the Enterprise Working Group mailing list? You could check the archives to see whether it has been discussed there: https://mail.mozilla.org/listinfo/enterprise
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