did you see the link to wpkg-gp - Running WPKG as a Group Policy Extension - Google Project Hosting ?
So, I'm looking at the best way to deploy the many different pieces of software that various classrooms need without having to do much repacking to make use of the Microsoft GPO Software Deployment, and came across WPKG and wondered...
- Does anyone use it? (http://www.wpkg.org)
- Does it work well with 2008R2/W7 Pro?
- Any pitfalls I should be aware of with it?
I use it here, since nothing executes on the server it should be fine on 2008r2, just as long as you can make the files available to the client.
Windows 7 is a different kettle of fish, I've not yet done any testing. It however works fairly well with XP, you do just have to put a bit of care into your package files and think about all the what ifs? We have had an issue where it stalls if there's no network connection (even if you enable the laptop mode), this has been fixed in the Beta version of the client.
I use it in all my schools
But of course, I use it simply as in all users startup batch file.
This means I don't have to worry about the software install being silent which makes life a lot easier.
We use it here on our Windows 7 Enterprise stations and it's fine.
We used the GP plugin so that it shows what is being installed prior to the logon screen appearing.
In fact it's so good we're rolling it out to our local primary school we support.
Looks like this'll be my new development in the school then in that I'll use WDS to roll out a basic image with office software and what not, and then use WPKG to roll out everything else.
soveryapt (13th October 2011)
Ok, so I'm looking to actually get this setup now using WPKG-GP so that it shows nicely on the screen what is installing when for the end-user (otherwise they'll likely just force reboot the machine) .. but I'm just wondering if there are any good how-to instructions about anywhere for this?
soveryapt (25th June 2012)
Whoop .. it looks like I might have actually got it working .. and just in time for the holidays .. just added a couple of other packages to make sure it's not just a fluke! lol ..
We used to have this running very well until we started using the GP aspect. Although the users get to see what's being installed, etc. it can sometimes take forever to complete (and that's when it is just checking everything is up to date). Meanwhile frustrated teacher reboots computer but it just carries on from before until it completes. It could do with a 'skip' for now button I think.
I have had to disable it for some users just so that they can get on with teaching!
But if it's takes more then a few seconds I would suspect there's an issue with on of your packages. Have a look through the event viewer for WSH errors.
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