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  • How to Deploy software w/o MSI via GPO?

    I have a program that I need to deploy to about 60 PC's, this app does not have a MSI package and I don't want to walk around installing it manually. Does anybody has any idea (White papers, links, etc) how can I accomplish this?

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    Re: How to Deploy software w/o MSI via GPO?

    I've never done it before, but I know you can create a third party MSI file. Here are a couple things I found.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257718

    http://www.advancedinstaller.com/use...-language.html
    CCA: XenApp 5.0

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      Re: How to Deploy software w/o MSI via GPO?

      several options here:

      1. Call the software vendor and see if they can provide an MSI (some vendors have their software in MSI but only release it on request)

      2. Call vendor to ask about silent install (create logon script to perform silent install)

      3. Create a Zap file using the regular setup (downside is you can only publish a zap) for details on zap go here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231747

      4. find some type of MSI wrapper/packager that you can obtain and feel comfortable with.
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        Re: How to Deploy software w/o MSI via GPO?

        wininstall le is like 50 bucks... it will create an .msi for you.

        you can create one from the command line as well. its not a pretty process, but you can do it
        check out this page for a little walk thru for the basics...
        http://isg.ee.ethz.ch/tools/realmen/det/msi.en.html

        i use a software package called LANdesk, and it will push anything to my workstations. it automatically scripts everything for you, so im not sure how it accomplishes it. i just tell it push as an msi, active X control, java applet, or batch file..

        good luck. its not that hard, and i think you can do it with enuf google and reading.

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