WiseScript is such a great little tool for not only installs, but many different automation tasks. But you have to pay Symantec for their entire system just to use it. I've tried to contact Symantec to find out if they would consider licensing it separately, but received no response other than a 'we received your request' note.

I can see a tool like this being extremely valuable across the board. Why not develop an open source tool that can allows you to add predefined frequently used actions, easy to use, and compiles exe's? Perhaps even the ability to read and write the wse format?

I'd donate to your paypal!
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ORIGINAL: yumchild
I'd donate to your paypal!



Sweet. Im in Nigeria. send all of your money immediately.
Answered 03/03/2008 by: reds4eva
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Another post which belongs in the 'Scripting' forum...
Answered 03/04/2008 by: VBScab
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Have a look at Microsoft's SMSInstaller, it will look vaguely familiar...
It needs an SMS server to unpack, but you can trick the setup by adding a registry key somewhere (cant remember which one exactly) Don't you love MS security?
Answered 03/04/2008 by: pgiesbergen
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LOL...SMS doesn't *quite* qualify on the "free" front, does it? :)
Answered 03/04/2008 by: VBScab
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Have a look at AutoIt. It is a free scripting language developed to help automate installations and the like. It does not use GUI dialogs like WiseScript does, but it is fairly simple to understand to the extend that it really does not need one.

A tool that will write some code for you (but certianly not all) is Admin Script Editor (http://www.adminscripteditor.com/editor/pointnclick.asp). This isn't free though (at least not after the 45 day trial is over).
Answered 03/04/2008 by: bkelly
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LOL...SMS doesn't *quite* qualify on the "free" front, does it? :)


Ok my bad, thought smsinstaller was a free component of SMS. I just read the license agreement, it says that you MUST have SMS... :(
Answered 03/04/2008 by: pgiesbergen
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Sorry about posting in the wrong location... I'll try AdminScript Editor. If its anything close to WiseScript Editor, it would be a bargain at 99.00
Answered 03/04/2008 by: yumchild
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I have heard that MSFT licensed Wise Script for the SMS installer. Not sure why Wise/symantec won't sell it separately, but I agree Bob's suggestion of Admin Script editor might be a good selection for you.

Rarely is Wise Script used to install apps themselves these days (at least I haven't used it that way), rather it's a handy shell tool or a good tool to do custom actions with. The thing that is handy about it for embedding into MSI's is that it recognizes windows installer properties and integrates well into Windows Installer editor.
Answered 03/04/2008 by: aogilmor
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