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ZENworks Design Series :: Application Packaging (Part 3)



June 29, 2006 11:55 am





Now I want to hear from you. So far we’ve covered (from a pretty high level) using online resources such as AppDeploy and MSI Wisdom to get the packaging job done… and we all know there is a wealth of information out there ready to be shared.

I’d like you to now share some of your ‘hidden’ resources that we can take a look at in greater detail. The community is watching.


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  1. I’ve always used tools from Sysinternals for tracking down badly behaved applications.

    My two top tools are REGMON and FILEMON
    – both zero cost.

    I’ve also found that using something like VMware workstation makes packaging so much faster today. Start the VM, start the packaging process, install the app, restore the VM, install the packaged app and test. This saves many hours over the previous processes.

  2. By:Tom Birkenbach

    An excellent scripting tool/language for automation is \”AutoIt\” ( The beauty of it is that 1) it\’s FREE, 2) you can compile the script into 1 executable, 3) it\’s FREE, 4) it allows you to script a series of \”clicks\” for the user, thus automating a process/install where an answerfile isn\’t possible, 5) it\’s FREE! A good example of it\’s use in when I used it to automate an installation of an older version of the Lotus Notes Client. For those that use the Notes Client, you know that there\’s no real answer file to completely automate the client installation and customization. If downloading AutoIt, be sure to pick up the SciTE editor that\’s customized for AutoIt scripting.

  3. Thanks for the info Tom. I take it AutoIt is FREE? 😉

  4. By:M.Hira

    I’ve used AutoIT and Zenworks to perform miracles. After a machine is imaged, we use a setup account to configure the machine / join to the correct domain, install apps, etc. So as soon as i login to a new machine, zenworks throws up my custom configuration gui (written in AutoIT). The guy imaging the machine enters various end user credentials, info for siebel, and whatnot which is then stored in the registry. He then clicks start. He can then walk away!

    Our zenworks applications are only available/distributed when certain reg key values conditions are met. In a 6 step process involving 4 reboots, the machine configures itself and even logs in as the end user to configure the profile (outlook, siebel, and other applications which they may need).

    Zenworks + AutoIT = MAGIC!