I am looking into products that do both packaging and deployment. So far I have looked at WinINSTALL and TrackIT Deploy. I would love to hear from anyone with experience in these products and there opinion.

I am really not looking to spend a ton of money but for the right product, will be happy to pay. I deal with 300 or so desktops with some remote users. Some of the things I want are:

MSI Package Editing
Snapshot Packaging
Ability to run tasks as different user & logged on user.
Works well in non domain environment.
Ability to watch for new computers and install software automatically according to rules.
Ability to remove software according to rules.
Ability to run commands on remote computers.

I would appreciate any help in this area.

Marty
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Hey Marty,

I have a good deal of experience both packaging software and deploying it. I can't speak for either of the products you mentioned but Install Solutions.net has some products that work really well for smaller organizations.
Not that 300 systems is small by any means but it's not on the scale of 10,000 where a larger enterprise solution would be required. Since a great deal of software now ships with installers that are capable of installing\uninstalling silently I spend a lot less time repackaging and more time making sure systems have received the updates. The Remote Software Installation Utility can both deploy software and kick off processes remotely and works with non-domain systems as well.

Hope that helps!
Answered 11/04/2005 by: yarborg
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Is yours a Microsoft shop?

If so, have you explored software deployment through group policy?
Answered 11/07/2005 by: Bladerun
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Yep pretty much a MS Shop. Active Directory doesn't really give much reporting and I would like to have some software that has a bit more intelligence as far and more than just OU's. Maybe this could be done with just AD and GP? Not sure? Any thoughts?
Answered 11/15/2005 by: myyaz33
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We just got the Symantec package that is supposed to do all the versions of packaging. But I have not had much training with it. It's not very well documented, and I am not able to do much with it so far.
Answered 11/15/2005 by: Timanator
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