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Any Automated Software that automatically installs Apps.?

Like the title says, I'm looking for installing Apps. in a windows environment mostly on workstations.  As it is now, building a machine from start to finish in my environment is a very tedious process and would like to automate this part somewhat.

I used a trial verson Akisment Mult-set but it was very pricey to register.  Any other automated software out there that you guys are using with good results?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Sounds like you haven't heard of the Microsoft Tools.  MDT can be used to push apps, deploy images, and a variety of other features - and best of all - it's FREE.  You do need the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK or Windows AIK) but that's also free.  And if you have a Windows Server (2003, 2008, 2008 R2), you have access to Windows Deployment Services which is included with server (replacement for RIS).

Finally, you should check out Appdeploy.com - for instructions on automating deployment of applications.
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sparky321Author Commented:
leew:

I was thinking more of a software deploy app. that basically records your installs / serial activations as a macro and packages it us as a msi that can be run by disk or from a share.

I know about MDT but its a bit overkill for what i want to accomplish.  Will Appdeploy.com work as intended?  Sorry, didn't get a chance to check on that on yet.
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cantorisCommented:
Get MSIs for what you can and push them out with group policy.
Use appdeploy.com to find answers for specific apps and also for command-line switches for the various installer technologies (eg Nullsoft, InstallShield).
Write batch file or VBScript installers for other things.

MDT is designed for deploying apps at the image-building stage.
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sparky321Author Commented:
Ok, guys,  

Guess i'll have to give MDT a go.  I am hoping it provides an automated solution to 'chaining' installs so that I can walk away and come back to the workstation for the most part fully prepped.
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sparky321Author Commented:
Good answer, but not exactly what i was looking for.  I can work with this though.
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