Desktop Utility Deployment Question

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The Flying Dutchman

Dearest Colleagues,

Sorry for the cross posting once again.

If you were tasked with getting ap application that nomally asks you a bunch
of questions set a bunch of options and does a whole of of other things
with the end result being the creation of what I like to call a "touch-less"
msi package (that is to say, one you can simple double click and it does all
of its things, without EVER asking you a single question) and which, of
course, can be simply pushed out through a GPO object to a particular group
of computers, what would that utility be?

I have used Wiininstall LE which does the whole before and after shapshots
for me and it has worked splendidtly, but the place I am now apparently
tells me that such before and after snapshotting have fallen from favor in
the world of Pushing things out through MSI's. They tell me of using ORCA
as well as command line switches, but the problem is I donnt know if such
command line switches are able to be thrown throgh the simple GPO objects in
AD, first, and, second, what about the registry settings and the "program
folders that have been created in the past by my using packages like
wininstall LE? - is there something new on the block that can be used.

In short, wht is the best utility that is out there for creating truly
customized MSI packagess so that you can not only tell an application to
bypass eula screens and install certain features, but also pull in certain
features that the application would normally have pullled in through a
registry setting.

Let this be know, I am not looking for a one off answer. Any directions or
links you can point me to would be more than greatly appreciated.

Regards,

The Flying Dutchman
 
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Galen

In The Flying Dutchman had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
Dearest Colleagues,

Sorry for the cross posting once again.

If you were tasked with getting ap application that nomally asks you
a bunch of questions set a bunch of options and does a whole of of
other things with the end result being the creation of what I like to
call a "touch-less" msi package (that is to say, one you can simple
double click and it does all of its things, without EVER asking you a
single question) and which, of course, can be simply pushed out
through a GPO object to a particular group of computers, what would
that utility be?
I was going through some articles in some older magazines last weekend.
Things that I'd thumbed that page corner over and then never bothered to
actually take to either scan or look at for more information. It just
happens that I have a trusted magazine source for you.

http://www.mcpmag.com/features/article.asp?EditorialsID=420

Take a gander there and you *should* find some interesting reviews and
listings. Of all the major benefits from the article is a link to
http://appdeploy.com which will almost certainly point you in the right
direction. Best of luck in your mission and, yes, packaging via MSI is the
best choice these days. Or so they tell me. ;-)

--
Galen - MS MVP - Windows (Shell/User & IE)
http://dts-l.org/
http://kgiii.info/

"At present I am, as you know, fairly busy, but I propose to devote my
declining years to the composition of a textbook which shall focus the
whole art of detection into one volume." - Sherlock Holmes
 
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The Flying Dutchman

Way ahead of you there Brother. Way ahead of you.

Light the tires and kick the fires I am gonna be doin some readin.

Regard.

Dutch
 
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Guest

Here's some more info on using ORCA application which is part of Windows
Installer SDK
http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?articleid=q107066

You should be able to create a transform (MST) for the MSI package you wish
to deploy and copy each of the files (MSI and MST) to a share that has
minimum ACL's for authenticated users = read access on the network location.
Use active directory GPO to publish the application silently as a system
start up since this eliminates the need for additional reboots. Using
windows server 2003 and the related support tools will be able to create a
GPO you can filter on and publish by workstation silently without any
intervention required.
Here's a link to that tool as well as Technical info on the process I am
describing:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/default.mspx

This should meet your needs for publishing applications to workstations and
provide upgrade paths since you can upgrade to new versions through the same
tools and upgrade the applications through the GPO object tools.

James Fox
 
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Guest

Here's some more info on using ORCA application which is part of Windows
Installer SDK
http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?articleid=q107066

You should be able to create a transform (MST) for the MSI package you wish
to deploy and copy each of the files (MSI and MST) to a share that has
minimum ACL's for authenticated users = read access on the network location.
Use active directory GPO to publish the application silently as a system
start up since this eliminates the need for additional reboots. Using
windows server 2003 and the related support tools will be able to create a
GPO you can filter on and publish by workstation silently without any
intervention required.
Here's a link to that tool as well as Technical info on the process I am
describing:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/default.mspx

This should meet your needs for publishing applications to workstations and
provide upgrade paths since you can upgrade to new versions through the same
tools and upgrade the applications through the GPO object tools.

James Fox
 
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Guest

Here's some more info on using ORCA application which is part of Windows
Installer SDK
http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?articleid=q107066

You should be able to create a transform (MST) for the MSI package you wish
to deploy and copy each of the files (MSI and MST) to a share that has
minimum ACL's for authenticated users = read access on the network location.
Use active directory GPO to publish the application silently as a system
start up since this eliminates the need for additional reboots. Using
windows server 2003 and the related support tools will be able to create a
GPO you can filter on and publish by workstation silently without any
intervention required.
Here's a link to that tool as well as Technical info on the process I am
describing:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/default.mspx

This should meet your needs for publishing applications to workstations and
provide upgrade paths since you can upgrade to new versions through the same
tools and upgrade the applications through the GPO object tools.

James Fox
 
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