I have got five different applications for packaging in Win 2003 server environemnt to be used on Citrix.
Apps are :
Microsoft SQL server 2005 client
Microsoft SQl server 2000 Personal edition
Oracle client9i
Oracle client10g
Rumba

All these appications are above 500MB of size and seems very complicated.
Suggestions required on the above applications complexities and time lines for the packages.
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I would shoot for using their native silent install methods. They should have a means to install silently. I would steer clear of repackaging those..
Answered 11/30/2007 by: Coriolus
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Thanx dude for your post ! But Can give me some justification for your answer that why would you repackaging these applications...
Answered 12/01/2007 by: dpu_bansal83
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All the database stuff is not very hard to distribute once you know how they work and what limitations exist ..

Rumba I don't even know what is, I must admit :-)
Answered 12/02/2007 by: jib
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Hi,

I packaged SQL 2005 client tools and Oracl 10G for Citrix and Desktop. Unfortunately I don't work at the company anymore were I packaged these apps., so I have to dig in my memory.

SQL 2005 Client:
Chained msi's............sqlrun.msi, sqlctl.msi,sqlsupport_tools.msi and I believe one more. Also I can't remember what the msi's were exactly called so forgive me for that.
I used this property with the support_tools.msi if I am not mistaken.
The following commands can be executed to install the SQL 2005 Client Tools and SQL Server Management Studio.
ADDLOCAL=Client_Components,Connectivity,SQLXML,SQL_Tools90

Oracle 10G, once a dba gave me the installation instructions, what needed to be installed and what not I remember it did not give me any problems and worked fine on Citrix and Desktop. However, I don't remember if I captured the installation or that I created a mst. But really the app. isn't that hard.
Of course permissions are different on Citrix, but that shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

So, no clear solutions and answers but maybe something that will help you on the way.
Answered 12/02/2007 by: gizsha
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But Can give me some justification for your answer that why would you repackaging these applications...
Correction: 'why would you NOT BE repackaging these applications
Answer: because they're already MSIs and, unless it's unavoidable - and I haven't come across one yet which is - you NEVER re-package apps which are supplied as MSIs. See here http://itninja.com/blog/view/at-command-line-problems-after-ie-4+0 for a brief outline.

Remember that a lot of apps come with a Setup.EXE (or Install.EXE, whatever) but actually extract an MSI, usually into %temp%, and run it, so don't always assume that an EXE means it's not an MSI-based installation.
Answered 12/03/2007 by: VBScab
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Exactly what VBScab said. I wouldn't touch those with a 30 foot repackaging pole! :P

That said, I would deploy them using their silent install methods, passing 'PROPERTIES' via the command line to customize your install if need be and be merry.
Answered 12/03/2007 by: Coriolus
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Thanx a lot for all the replies...
Almost got all negetive answers from packaging these apps .
I would communicate this to my client.
Answered 12/07/2007 by: dpu_bansal83
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