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Recently, I've heard from a couple of customers who have been trying to use the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Administrator Deployment Guide to deploy the .NET Framework 3.0 to their network using Active Directory. They have run into problems deploying the RGB Rasterizer prerequisite component (officially known as the Software rasterizer for the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) in this deployment guide).
Description of the issue
One of the customers posted a description of this problem in this post on the MSDN forums. To summarize, using the instructions in the deployment guide yields a fatal error during the deployed installation of the RGB Rasterizer MSI. However, it doesn't appear that a verbose MSI log file is created during this deployment.
The RGB Rasterizer is a very simple MSI with the following characteristics:
Workaround for the issue
I have not yet been able to determine the exact root cause of this Active Directory deployment error for this MSI. However, because of the simple nature of the MSI, it is possible to workaround this issue by creating an administrative install point for the RGB Rasterizer MSI using the instructions in the appendix at the end of the deployment guide, then directly deploy the one file included in the MSI to any Windows XP systems that are on your network.
I recently heard from a customer who ran into a series of issues while attempting to deploy the .NET
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