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How do you use the "snapshot" technology within DSM Explorer to automatically create software packages for deployment?

I'm deploying software and patches throughout our networks via CA Unicenter's DSM Explorer with it's Software Delivery Agent.

Currently, I'm manually creating simple software packages manually. In this method you name a new package, plug in the source file and write the procedures. (I'm only as far as putting in switches in the Parameters for the procedures)

I've read that there is a "snapshot" technology built into DSM that can automatically create software packages for you. (This would be especially usefull for the more complicated multi-step installations of software and suites)

Can anyone explain how to use this feature and advise on it's potential and limitations?

Thanks!
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SpecOpsXAuthor Commented:
Come to find out, DSM doesn't have that tool built in. It does come with CA Unicenter though and is a seperate install. CA Software Packager.

What you'll want to do is get a vanilla machine (Just the windows operating system) install the packager software, use that to take a snapshot of the machine, then install the software that you want to package and take another snapshot, this will package your software for deployment via DSM.
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SpecOpsXAuthor Commented:
I now know where / how to use Unicenter's MSI packager. (They make horrible manuals) It was my belief that it would be built into Unicenter's DSM Explorer, which in fact it wasn't and was a seperate module. So, yes, the main part of my question has been answered. However; I was also interested in knowing any pluses or drawbacks to utilizing this.
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