What is an Install Wrapper?

If you automate your application installs then you will probably have used an Install Wrapper. When installing something in an unattended (i.e. automated) way, often there is a simple, single command line that you can use. For example the following … Continue reading

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CustomActionData – quick reference

“Look I know about msi’s, just remind me how to do it with an example!” Ok I hear you – most web references either don’t give an example or force you to read all the theory first!  Here you go … … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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See you soon (hopefully!)

As you can see I have woefully neglected this blog. Work is so busy that I just don’t have the time to dedicate to quality blog entries. Therefore this blog is now archived. Hopefully in the future I will revive … Continue reading

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I Love Adobe

Well knock me down with a feather: Adobe have produced an excellent administration tool that is brilliant for apps packagers and sys admins. The tool can be downloaded from here http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83709.html (click the Administrator’s Information Manager link). Once installed (it … Continue reading

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I Hate Adobe

Anyone who’s ever done any serious apps packaging and deployment will probably share this sentiment.  I am not going into any detail on this now: this post is mostly a comic prelude to the next post … http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/darrencollins/2011/06/17/i-love-adobe/

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MiKTeX 2.9 – Packaging and Deployment

Quote from http://miktex.org/about: About MiKTeX MiKTeX (pronounced mick-tech) is an up-to-date implementation of TeX and related programs for Windows (all current variants). I’m afraid I don’t know how to use the software, but later on I’ll you’ll see the simple test I did … Continue reading

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The General Installer (GInstaller)

I have finished the main coding of my ‘General Installer’.  Now we are applying it to live packages and it looks like it will become very useful indeed. We refer to it as ‘GInstaller’ so that is now the name: … Continue reading

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The ‘General Installer’ – Installation Wrapper

Now I’m working on something interesting.  It’s working title is the ‘General Installer’ script. The script is basically a universal wrapper to install applications or anything else, but also give you the flexibility of pre-process scripting without the scripting, as … Continue reading

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Automate IP printer port and driver install

I’ve just had a nice little scripting challenge to solve: ICTST have all moved recently to nice offices off of the High Street.  We have a nice new printer here and no print server, so we needed to automate the … Continue reading

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