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I am going to deploy Applications from  AD GPO. I can only deploy .msi files and I understand why that is.
I need to know the easy way of converting my applications to msi.
Or if there is a better way to deploy applications to my computers.
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One great site for hints on many many common applications is appdeploy.com. It has a package knowledge base.

We can deploy any application via GPOs as long as the setup knows unattended switches (like /silent or /quiet).
First, we write a batch using \\server\share\setup.exe /quiet
Then, we wrap that batch into an msi. You can simply take wiww (windows installer wrapper wizard) by vinsvision, it's free.

If for some reason the setup is not able to use unattended switches, we have to repackage the application into an msi using wininstall 10 by scalable software (again: free). We can assume that using on method or the other you will be able to distribute most of your applications as MSIs.

One more thing: there have been people reporting problems with vinsvisions software - if you don't get it to work, you should try the older version of wiww. However, that one is offline. I cannot upload the setup here, so if you need it, you have to contact me by message so I can forward it to you.
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