After using KACE for some time, I've come across instances where being able to repackage a program would be highly advantageous. The question I have is whether or not a suite like Admin Studio is worth the 3K price tag, or if the free repackager provided by AppDeploy is sufficient. Thoughts?

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The Admin Studio repackager and the free repackaging tools out there, Appdeploy included, basically do the same thing. Admin Studio is definitely worth the price if you want to build your own MSIs but it definitely takes some effort in learning how to do so. Flexera offers this kind of training directly:

Answered 01/08/2013 by: mpace
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Absolutely, free tools are limited and can do the job well, but if you want to have more options to improve the quality of your packages (automatically) then AdminStudio is currently the only product that will give you the right tools to :

  1. Repackage 32/64bit applications to MSI or a Virtual Format ( app-v, thinapp or citrix)
  2. Clean up the package according tobest practise
  3. edit the package to add upgrade, patch, driver, COM, and many more features to improve the quality
  4. Import the package into a database for intensive testing ( TestCenter)
  5. Automatically analyse and remediate issues with your package
  6. Automatically import into distribution tools like SCCM 2007/201
There is even a feature called "Automated Application Converter" which is basically a fully automated repackager which can create hundreds of MSI's / Virtual Packages per day automatically. 
Answered 01/09/2013 by: jaybee96
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You can take a look on PACE - Packaging Acceleration Center. PACE consists of 5 products for application packaging:

  • Automated Packaging Self Service

    Fully automated application packaging (MSI, MST creation) and sequencing (App-V packages creation) using cloud based web self-service. Manual application installation and configuration is possible too.

  • MSI Generator

    You can get deployment-ready MSI package only in 10 clicks. At the same time MSI Generator provides advanced customization and control in application packaging.

  • MSI Editor

    The MSI Editor drastically reduces this time by simplifying and streamlining most trivial and routine editing operations.

  • App-V Generator

    App-V Generator employs a well-known and proven system snapshot comparison approach for App-V packages creation, which guarantees that no any changes done by original installation are missed (e.g. shortcut advertising functionality).

  • Docu Generator

    Docu Generator enables you to create installation instructions, error reports and any other “How-to” documents with minimum effort and maximum comfort.


Automated Application Converter
Answered 03/03/2013 by: OlegN
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I guess it depends on what is meant by Re-Packaging?  Re-packaging an application that does not provide and MSI or repackage (for lack of a better word) and existing MSI.  Most free utilities will only allow you to package an application that is not in the Windows Installer Format.  In terms of the tool you may want to consider a few things.  Training or learning how to use the tool, over-engineered products (features you will never use) and cost of add-on modules to support things like workflow or App-V as an example.  Scalable provide the Smart Packager Pro that includes:

1. Packaging of legacy applications

2. "Re-Packaging" of existing MSI's.  The product inlcudes a very efficient way of doing this in order to not "break" the MSI.

3. Workflow Management to support best practices

4. Package Editing

5. ISO Software Tagging to support SAM initiatives

The price is $999 for an annual subscription and $1774 for a perpetual license.  The neat thing about this product is all the difficulty has been removed in terms of application pakaging so you really don't need to bring on an MSI specialist or go through a training process.

Answered 01/09/2013 by: Scalable Software
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