Solved

Installation Package Creation software...

Posted on 2014-11-20
6
211 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-02
I am working with a collection of Bentley programs that I install in a specific order each time I install the programs.

These are just standard software installation files with user input required. In some cases I use the default options, in others I make changes.

Also, in-between some of the installations I run simple .bat files that add additional custom files to the vanilla installation.

Finally, in the end, I do some simple cleanup procedures manually so that the directories are clean and excess files are removed, Etc.

What I am looking for is a program that can help me take all this and fold it into a single installation "package".

I know there are hundreds of programs that do this sort of thing but in my case, I am not creating a custom installation of proprietary in house developed software, I am just trying to make my life easier installing other people's programs.  

I would be interested in your suggestions.

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:RKoons
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

by:
TobiasHolm earned 250 total points
ID: 40457045
If you'd like to test something new, try Cameyo: http://www.cameyo.com/
You can create a virtual installation within a single EXE-file containing all programs and settings you like. Very easy to distribute to different computers.

Or if you like the more classical way to create installation packages, use Nullsoft Scriptable Install System:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullsoft_Scriptable_Install_System

/Tobias
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:Vadim Rapp
ID: 40457352
Probably the most professional approach would be to repackage them into MSI, convert to merge modules, and make them separate features of one installation, same as Word and Excel are separate features of Office installation. This however requires quite a lot of work plus professional MSI-authoring tools.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:RKoons
ID: 40458556
"Probably the most professional approach would be to repackage them into MSI, convert to merge modules, and make them separate features of one installation, same as Word and Excel are separate features of Office installation. This however requires quite a lot of work plus professional MSI-authoring tools. "

What would you recommend?
0
Salesforce Has Never Been Easier

Improve and reinforce salesforce training & adoption using WalkMe's digital adoption platform. Start saving on costly employee training by creating fast intuitive Walk-Thrus for Salesforce. Claim your Free Account Now

 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:TobiasHolm
ID: 40458576
If you want to go the MSI route I'd recommend AdminStudio for Symantec (Wise Package Studio) for authoring MSI and MST files.

http://www.codework-systems.com/products/symantec/wise-package-studio/
0
 
LVL 40

Assisted Solution

by:Vadim Rapp
Vadim Rapp earned 250 total points
ID: 40458792
> What would you recommend?

Whatever you are proficient with :-) The reason for this answer is that MSI repackaing requires high qualification and very intimate familiarity with MSI as well as with COM and registry. Usually someone who fits this description already has his own tool of choice.

My personal one is Wise Package Studio, but it has been discontinued. Installshield makes it possible as well (http://helpnet.installshield.com/adminstudio115sp2/Content/ashelplibrary/ISRTaskISProLog.htm), but last time I tried it (years ago) the result was dismal.

Search for "msi repackage" delivers even some free tools like https://www.kace.com/products/freetools/appdeploy-repackager , I did not try it.

As a compromise, the "total" msi can still have several features, but each feature will only launch one of the setup.exe's wrapped inside. This would be much easier to do than "true" repackaging I mentioned above.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:RKoons
ID: 40477296
These suggestions at least gave me some insight and a direction to look to find a solution. I will have to test the options before I will know which will work best.

Thanks for your assistance
0

Featured Post

Ransomware: The New Cyber Threat & How to Stop It

This infographic explains ransomware, type of malware that blocks access to your files or your systems and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid. It also examines the different types of ransomware and explains what you can do to thwart this sinister online threat.  

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Monitor input from a computer is usually nothing special.  In this instance it prevented anyone from using the computer.  This was a preconfiguration that didn't work.
In our personal lives, we have well-designed consumer apps to delight us and make even the most complex transactions simple. Many enterprise applications, however, are a bit behind the times. For an enterprise app to be successful in today's tech wo…
The viewer will learn common shortcuts with easy ways to remember them. The viewer will then learn where to find all of the keyboard shortcuts, how to create/change them, and how to speed up their workflow.
XMind Plus helps organize all details/aspects of any project from large to small in an orderly and concise manner. If you are working on a complex project, use this micro tutorial to show you how to make a basic flow chart. The software is free when…

740 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question