Which packaging/deployment apps should we use?
I've been doing applicaiton packaging and deployment since Zen 2. We use Zen 4 right now and are happy with it for the most part. However we have determined that eDirectory is out the door, we are in the progress of migrating to an Active Directory. Zen isn't out of the picture, but we don't like what we see with the Zen on AD solution.
So that gets me to the point of this. Which other solutions are you using? Deploying off the shelf apps is easy, anything can do it. Our particular need is that we have to deploy home grown applications. Most of these are pretty standard apps, but the exe's and/or dll's are updated quite often (up to several times a week per app.) So with Zen we just update the file, bump up the distribution, and the next time they run it, bang, A new version.
From what I have seen with MSI's, this type of situation just won't work. To update that file, I need to either do a repair install on the machine, or push out a patch. Thats alot of patches, and the repair just doesn't seem like a clean way to do it. I have a couple copies of WISE that we have played with trying to find other ways to do this with MSI's, but I'm falling short I've also tried svs, but going virtual on a low end shop floor machine seems to just eat their 512meg of ram too quickly.
thanks, I look forward to any input you all might be able to provide.
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