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    Hi all,

    I spend a lot of time when preparing a new laptop for a user not because of the windows install but because of the required applications to install ex. Winrar and pdf creator and so in .

    Can you please recommend a tool that could be used to automate the installation of these small applications every time i need ?

    Thanks

    M Farag

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    Re: Install packages

    Depending on your infrastructure and the number of computers to configure, you could consider (in no particular order of preference):
    Group Policy installation of MSI files
    Imaged reference machines deployed with WDS
    SCCM (or equivalent such as Xen)
    Let the user do it themselves (i.e. local admin permissions)
    Tom Jones
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    Ossian Ltd
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    • #3
      Re: Install packages

      o.k , i agree with you that i could use one of these options .... although i have SCCM an group policy but they are off site and due to that they consume a lot of time to response to user requests or to publish advertisments.

      so i still prefare if i have a stand a lone tool that i only configure to do this job, the same as the WDS but i don't want windows in the scope .

      i tried many times to google this tool but couldn't find anything

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      • #4
        Re: Install packages

        for the local admin solution , i'm afraid that users may use it to install unlicensed applications and they put me in troubles .

        Thanks

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        • #5
          Re: Install packages

          Most installs are scriptable (or at least have a command line option) so with a bit of work you might be able to write something that does several installs in one operation.

          A very quick session with suggests there are ways of installing multiple apps in one go, but I have not tried any myself:
          http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=too...w=1498&bih=757

          EDIT: this looks as if it fits the bill: http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/20/ins...ith-allmyapps/
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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