I'm currently looking for some repackaging software. I've been using Wininstall LE and Orca for the last couple of years. The main concerns I have with this solution are:
  • DLL/OCXs registration problems: registration can seem a bit unstable/unpredictable, plus uninstallation of packages can cause unregistration due use of the selfreg table.
  • Edits made outside of Wininstall LE's NAI/console are made in Orca and any significant edits can take a long time. I can see this becoming an increasing problem as more vendors supply their own MSIs which require customisation.

    I've been looking at Wise Package Studio Standard as that's been recommended to me as an approriate solution. I have a couple regarding Wise:
  • Would Wise be able to produce cleaner packages when capturing an installation?
  • Am I missing out on much by going with the standard edition? I've had a look at the comparison table and I don't think there's anything I need in there.
  • Is training essential to be able to use the software effectively?
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    Yes - WPS would produce good snapsots but only as clean as your exclusions list and your post snap clean-up.. There is some good documentation on the Wise System Admin page about setting up a decent exclusions list which is basically a snapshot of a reboot, and running standard apps like IE etc to ensure changes such as these aren't included in your standard snapshot. Have a look at this: http://www.wise.com/Library/RepackagingBasics.pdf for starters, page 7 has info on exlusions.

    No - I'd say standard edition will be fine unless you have a number of users or wish to setup a formal packaging process.

    No - You can probably not worry about training - if you've been working with LE [:'(] and Orca chances are you already know the most imporant stuff about how MSI's work. Wise will just make life easier (e.g. for adding CAs or a heap of files / reg settings) - I generally snap with Wise and do all editing / validation in Orca but Wise does make short work of lots of tasks which are a hassle with Orca alone.

    Go for it - you won't regret it...

    Cheers,
    Rob.
    Answered 12/17/2005 by: MSIPackager
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    I also recommend Wise. It is very easy to use and pretty fast, at least compared to Installshield.
    For validation you should use Orca though. It is too good and fast.
    Answered 12/19/2005 by: shogun_ro
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    Thanks both for your advice.

    One more question: Does the standard edition just install on to the clean workstation? I was reading an installation document which mentioned a client for the clean workstation, but this only applied to the Pro edition.

    Cheers
    Answered 12/19/2005 by: meastaugh1
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