I am new to the site, and to packaging in general. Can anyone point me in the direction of a website, article, book, or anything else that gives a start to finish description of how to create a pacakge?
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Which tool are you using to package?
Answered 01/21/2009 by: turbokitty
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That would be part of my question. :) I currently have available to me Norton Solution Suite 2.5 which has a tool, and I also downloaded WinInstall LE. I am willing to try any tool out there though. I have never created a package, and don't even know where to begin.
Answered 01/21/2009 by: bigdogkc
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Before you do anything, I'd recommend starting at MSDN and learn about Windows Installer as a concept. Stuff like what features and components are, what self-healing/repair is, etc., etc.

WinInstall is a reasonable tool which I've used it in the past but I would say that it isn't as capable as those from the 2 main vendors, Wise/Altiris and InstallShield/Acresso. These, though, costs ignificant amounts of money to purchase.

For re-packaging (as opposed to creation from scratch), AppDeploy has a free tool, to which there is a link somewhere (where's that link gone, Bob?!?). Use 'Search' to turn it up.

You should also download and inwardly digest the SDK. That contains another free tool which you will see mentioned a lot in connection with packaging, Orca. It allows direct editing of MSIs and MSTs. There is a somewhat more friendly rival to Orca called InstEdit http://www.instedit.com, which I use all the time and which is a free download. Very nice.

Lastly, there is good information in blogs, forums and other articles on Juice http://www.symantec.com/community/packaging and the main Altiris fora ('forums' for the uneducated) http://forums.altiris.com/default.aspx

Welcome to packaging. Good luck.
Answered 01/22/2009 by: VBScab
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