Application packaging can be challenging for any organization, to say the least. Packaging resources can, and sometimes do spend countless hours, days, or even weeks packaging applications to be delivered to their desktop environment. Well, why not leverage the work that other people have done. If you are not already aware of it, I suggest that you take a look at AppDeploy.com and browse the numerous applications in the repository, and the directions on how to successfully package them to automate their deployment.
The site contains a wealth of information with respect to packaging information, packaging related tools, other downloads, and plenty of other useful information. You can easily cross reference your existing corporate application library to that on AppDeploy.com and immediately start to benefit from the hard work others have already done. There are tonnes of applications and installation instructions (packaging and more) available to choose from, so you should be able to tackle quite a number of your corporate applications you are dealing with today. If some of your applications you manage are not listed, and you come up with a way to package and deploy it properly, take a few minutes and list it here so someone else can take advantage of your hard work. Here is a typical listing for an application everyone is aware of:
FireFox ver 1.5: here is what worked for me...
Firefox Setup 1.5.exe -ms
C:\WINDOWS\UninstallFirefox.exe /ua "1.5 (en-US)" -ms
Worked like a charm.
There is piles more information for this application available as well... check it out!!
Of course there is plenty of information available for you to consume when it comes to packaging your applications into MSI packages, and building the transforms to tailor their install. And that brings me to my final point. If you use ZENworks Desktop Management, ZENworks Server Management, or are licensed for the full suite you are free to use InstallShield Professional – ZENworks Edition. To really trim down, and clean up your packaging I suggest you look at utilizing this and some of the other tools listed on AppDeploy.com to create your MSI packages, and transform files. And if you don't mind, you can take use of some of the other cool tools listed that may require a little investment on your part.
I would love to hear what you are doing about packaging, and if you can share some of your tips and tricks for some of the harder ones... that would be superb.