I'm looking for a new software deployment tool but I can't find any that fits most of our requirements.

This is what we want the software to do:

- Install software to certain machines based on software lists
- Persistent deployment of those lists (if a user removes a piece of software it should automatically be reinstalled)
- Not 'thinking' it has installed the software (because it says so in it's own database) but check every so often based on registry keys/file version
- present a UI to user from which they can choose optional software for their department
- inventorize based on file versions, Add remove programs AND custom registry keys.
- software packages are not native MSIs, the software should be able to deploy executables for instance.

I know that's a lot, but there is no software solution even coming close to what we need.

Does anyone know of a piece of software that can do this?
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There are several applications that can do "most" of these things but not all. I don't know anyone that does the persistent deployment but it's a great idea. SMS has a UI but it's not the best. You have to access it from the Control Panel and then you can select which apps to install. Other than those 2 things most products would have you covered.
Answered 06/02/2006 by: yarborg
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I am not an Altiris guru but I know if you put together enough of their suite you can do all that. The big feature that not many companies have is the self serve feature. Altiris and Softricity are the two I know have self serve features but I am sure there has to be some others. Also it usually isn't too bad to build a custom application to allow for users to self serve software using other infrastructures.
Answered 06/02/2006 by: kkaminsk
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HP Radia can do all of those things.

If you don't care about cost, or ease of use, or anything but those technical requirements, then HP Radia is the way to go.
Answered 06/02/2006 by: turbokitty
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You find Radia easy to use? I heard it can be rather complex. Just curious since I have never seen or run it. I have heard good things about it but I was told it was complex.
Answered 06/05/2006 by: kkaminsk
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kkaminsk, turbokitty said "if you don't care" about cost, or ease of use, i.e. he (she) was agreeing with you!!!!
Answered 06/09/2006 by: steve@micramaze.com
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I'm glad you replied. Apparently I can't read.
Answered 06/09/2006 by: kkaminsk
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I know Radia pretty well. Worked with SMS, tivoli Software distribution, IBM Netviewdm and Ca unicenter.

Radia is the only product that can do everything you are asking for.

PM me if you need additional information or help.
Answered 06/09/2006 by: ryip
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