There's a 'backup' copy on this page together with a walkthrough wrapping Firefox
Can anyone mail me the
Windows Installer Wrapper Wizard
Cheers - vinvision is down. I htought I would take a look
garethedmondson (18th January 2010)
Thanks for the link.
The good news is we purchased Advanced Installer today so I was able to repackage quite easily with the Pro version.
I've now got the apps I need done. Excellent application.
We put everything in the image - i dont see the point in deploying stuff via group policy as this majorly increases the time it takes for one of our technicians to reimage a machine - first they would have to reimage, second join to ad, place in correct ou, and then wait for the machine to pickup the policy and install the software.
If everything is already on the image just a case of reimaging joining to ad and away you go...
It's now much easier for me to redeploy a model to a different department, control which departments get which software and manage software upgrades beyond the lifespan of the images.
I have the GPO at the top level of my OU and then specify which software gets installed to which computer by hostname. Then following a re-image or machine replacement, the user gets the software they need.
Using Group Policy to deploy software to select computers - 404 Tech Support
Well what we have decided is to get the main OS installed and patched.
The software which cannot be installed via GPO will be going on. Creative Suite CS3 is going on because... it just is - it takes ages to install of a network drive later.
Sibelius 5 and it's associated programs are going on due to there being a problem with the msi. They know about it, but I cannot be bothered to chase it up.
Everything else is msi'ed up.
Now I am trying the image. Having problems with my sysprep file at the moment and with the image not restarting into the domain. It joins but doesn't put up the logon screen unless I manually restart it.
Weird - time to read the WDS thread.
In honesty I think you should stick with what you're already doing more or less.
If something is a real nuisance to install across a network via GPO (or has no silent switch for the exe) stick it on the image and hope the app doesn't have frequent updates.
If something is updated often and works via GPO then do it that way.
I'd also say decide on what to include App by App. It might seem a bit strange but try to look at it from the point of view of what the software needs or can / can't do rather than from the "I'm a techie it's easiest to do this" point of view. Start by listing your apps and whether they do or don't install via GPO, can they be installed silently, what are they like to update, where are they needed. Then use this list to work out what goes on the image and what gets deployed.
I do have other applications that work perfectly from MSI, and upgrade/remote etc fine.
Windows & Latest Patches, IE (7 at the moment)
Office & Latest Patches
All Kartouche Software
All 2Simple Software
Crocodile Clips Elementry
Genie Vision Drivers
CraftRobo Drivers & Software
SIMS (When can we have a decent installer?)
Clicker 5 (Really should work as it's an MSI, but doesn't want to)
That's about it.
I don't tend to deploy service packs, i'd rather wait until the summer and have new images.
Basically it's anything that won't ever get updated without incuring a cost. I can script an unistall if needed and then push out the updated app normally.
I use SpecOps, so legacy packages are not a problem, even then, the rest of the softwares deployment takes about an hour.
Sophos needs prompting to deploy through the enterprise console.
And voila, a nice newly imaged desktop.
As for Acrobat, I gave up with it after it stupidly always forgot it's file association in version 9.0. There were loads of other instances of this of the web, but my answer from Adobe was 'it's not a priority to fix'. I use Foxit now, comes as an MSI.
Unless anyone knows better with adobe, then I'll move back to it.
I've had great success deploying Java following these steps:
Deploying Java through Group Policy and Java RE Improvements - 404 Tech Support
Flash has also been very reliable for me along with Adobe Reader. Acrobat on the other hand... having troubles with 9.3 right now.
I wish Quicktime would die in a fire.
quicktime via gpo is reasonably reliable its just a pain to get going in the first place but as said i wish i could manage without it same as itunes can be msi deployed (dont ask one of my schools has a head whos a mac man and uses it for something or other). Java as long as you diable webstart service is usually fine as well i just have a habbit of getting one version sorted in time for 2 days later the next minor revision to be out. My biggest annoyance is that office 2003 is great via gpo office 07 i gave up and scripted what a backwards step m$ thankyou
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