Hi, I have been working as a packager for my company for the last few years. I have used WPS and Wisescript to create single click deploys for our techs to use to install software. I would write a Wisescript that would for example, install an MSI using a transform, change some reg keys, check for and install prereqs components (dot net, etc), copy files, etc. Then the techs could just run this compiled wisescript and everything would install with the one click.

We are moving away from WPS and purchased AdminStudio, I am trying to do the same thing. It works great for repackaging, but if I just want to write a script to install vendor MSIs, what is the best way to approach this? I have been playing with custom actions in Installshield and getting and MSI to call another MSI but not sure if this is the correct way to go about this. I would then have two entries showing up in add/remove programs, my custom MSI and the vendors MSI. Is there an equivalent in AdminStudio to Wisescript I am missing or what do you guys use?

Thanks!
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I've never delved into scripting with AS but do I recall a mention of InstallScript?

In any event, I much prefer VBScript as the syntax is sensible (for the most part); there are quadzillions of code samples around; you have access to any object registered on the target machine; as rudiemtary as it is, its error-trapping is light years ahead of WiseScript and it can be compiled (using 3rd-party tools) into uneditable EXE format. Just about its only drawback compared to WiseScript is that there's no built-in access to Windows APIs. that can also be addressed using something like DynaWrap.
Answered 08/04/2011 by: VBScab
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Winbatch is a pretty powerful tool. There isn't as much on the web as there is with VBScript, unfortunately, and the help files/examples are more complex than is necessary. But it does offer access to APIs and with extenders can do more than VBScript.
Answered 08/04/2011 by: Arminius
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I built some awesome WB scripts - practically applications - for a client a few years ago (which are still in use today, apparently, albeit edited slightly to cater for changed requirements) but, of course, it's not free - USD495 for the compiler, for example.

Still, a great product.
Answered 08/05/2011 by: VBScab
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