Install Wrapper – what’s that?

My pet GInstaller is quite mature in terms of how much it is used in our environment and also how robust it now is.  And although (years) overdue I will be publishing it soon [1].

But in the mean time it occurred to me that I may not have adequately explained exactly what I mean by an ‘Install Wrapper’. Previously I have explained it as follows:

“An Install Wrapper is the program or script that you use to execute your installation including any additional programmed logic, pre or post-requisites, and including any additional scripting tasks such as file or registry operations.”

That definition was the summary concluding a blog entry I have written on the Symantec ‘Connect’ community forums. Here is a link to that post:

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/what-install-wrapper

Since Symantec was taken over by Broadcom in late 2019, the blog entry linked above can now be found in this blog too in order to protect it from further takeovers / mergers etc:
https://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/darrencollins/2020/04/07/what-is-an-install-wrapper/

I hope you find this useful.

[1] In the coming months. Maybe if I keep promising it I might feel compelled to dedicate time to doing it!

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3 Responses to “Install Wrapper – what’s that?”

  1. Mark R says:

    Hello Darren,
    I was wondering if you’d be willing to publish your Ginstaller.vbs script here, or at least if you could email me a copy?
    Thanks!

    • Darren Collins says:

      Hi Mark, you are more than welcome to have a copy, but would you mind just waiting about a week or two as the team are just testing the latest version that is full Windows 10 compliant, and has some extra goodies built in.

      Regards,
      Darren.

  2. Mark R says:

    Hi Darren, I just remembered about your script and thought I’d ask if your team has gotten a chance to finish it?

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