Installing software on a network other than GPO?
Like everyone here I spend too much time installing software. I have been looking into various ways to simplify installing software. Anything that is distributed with an MSI is easy and a pleasure to install but something like Adobe Master Collection/Creative Suite is an absolute nightmare of which I have found no reliable way to install other than to manually run a script on whatever computer it needs installing on.
I spent a summer playing with a trial of Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager which managed to install things but it was incredibly bloated if just used for software installations, it was also not as reliable and managable as GPO deployment.
My question to you is how do you install software and do you know of an elegant solution to installing non-MSI applications?
I've been playing around with the software listed in the essential software section of the wiki but before I get too involved trying to find solutions with them I was hoping for feedback on how you install software.
Appdeploy always refers to command line switches but this is obviously no use with GPO and i'm struggling to find a program to handle switches and such.
I currently install software by praying it comes in an MSI format (maybe tweaking a MST with Wise Install Tailor) or by using Veritas Discover/Software Console to repackage programs. I've thought about using Microsoft System Centre Essentials but i've read it's a real pain with licensing and can get very expensive.
Very interested in hearing others experiences with this topic.
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