Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a small AD in which I am deploying software to domain computers through GPO (using msi installers).

What is the best method to deploy software that

  • has no .msi installer,
  • but has switches for silent installs

All I can think is to use startup scripts (that will do detect->install/uninstall/upgrade), but I was wondering if there are existing wheel designs in this area...

NOTE: I'd like to avoid repackaging to .msi format (unless someone convinces me otherwise).

Some examples of software that I would like to deploy

  • picasa 3
  • VLC
share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 5 down vote accepted

You can use the freeware version of witem to create .msi files with "custom actions" which run your non-msi installers.

I've used it and It works well.

share|improve this answer
2  
+1, It's a good idea to fill in the uninstall actions as well. –  Chris S Aug 27 '10 at 12:38
add comment

If the installation can be scripted and run silently, a startup script is probably your best choice here; all other available options need some system management software (such as Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager).

share|improve this answer
add comment

When you are dealing with a non-MSI (most likely an .exe) you can use other installers. PDQ Deploy is a free installer that allows you to push MSI, EXE, .BAT, .MSU, .MSP, .CMD, .you_get_the_point. (PDQ Deploy is made by my company).

You can also use SCCM, Tivoli, or many other products for deploying software, but these are a tad pricey (and by a tad I mean a ton).

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.