Hi,

I would like to get some different views on this.
Packaging on a machine with only the OS installed, versus Packaging on a machine with OS + Office + e.g. Acrobat Reader.

Why is one better than the other. I know Wise says only OS, but in the 7 years that I am packaging at many different companies. The machine always had office and some other apps. on it.

Thanks

Greetz,
Gizsha
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I think buz there are good chances of capturing registry files & other unwanted files... we usually use only OS & wise software on our wise base build......then u don't have to worry about ther registry files other things....
Answered 04/15/2006 by: aa006
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I would agree with aa006 since repackaging on a clean build machine is completely different then compared to one with core apps. That's why wherever I go I write this to my client's documents that I would be requiring two images:

1. Clean Build (Vanilla image no apps just OS)

2. Core Build(OS+standard apps probably tier 1 or tier 2)
Answered 04/16/2006 by: wiseapp
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Core apps change. You may build a package requiring resources that were installed with your core apps and not even know it. Then down the road when your core apps change all of a sudden your app stops working. Packaging on a clean machine helps you build a more robust package, that will work no matter what changes on your target clients.
Answered 04/17/2006 by: xythex
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You're right Xythex, That's what I prefer, I make my packages on a vanilla image and then test my apps package on the core build which probably has all or specific applications and is also incooperated with domain policies.
Answered 04/17/2006 by: wiseapp
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I agree and disagree, if using a coporate PC - lets call it "System Components" like Mdac, Installshield, ODBC connections and so on are not captured, but if using a Clean XP this may be in the package, and therefor removed if uninstalling the package.
So it all depends how you work, I prefere to capture on a Clean System to find out what is beeing installed, and IF some "system comonents" are beeing installed, either remove them from the package or capture on a Coporate PC.
Hope this helps?
Answered 04/18/2006 by: fetgor
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Thanks everybody for your input.
It's much appreciated.

Gizsha
Answered 04/18/2006 by: gizsha
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