We've used WPS 7.0 SP1 for several years now, never needed to upgrade to SP3.
But now we are moving to a new Windows 2008 R2 (64 bit) Virtual Machine.
We're thinking about upgrading our package environment.

How is the interface and stability compared to WPS 7.0.
Is it a better product, is it worth buying it?

I'm asking this because we are very happy with WPS 7.0.
We can do (almost) anything we need to with this product.

But when WPS 8.0 is at least as good as 7.0 we will upgrade ;-)
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If it's free to you you may aswell upgrade but to be honest there seems to be very little difference.
8 supposedly has support for windows 7 but I think what they mean by that is they've added Windows 7 in the "Windows Version" on the "System requirements" page
Answered 05/21/2010 by: timmsie
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Thanks, and I read now that 8.0 has App-V support which we will use in the near future.
So, depending on the price, the choice is made
Answered 05/21/2010 by: subsense
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Just spoke to out Wise Package Studio Reseller and he advises us to switch to InstallShield Admin Studio.
It has better support for Virtualization (App-V) and the overall support is a lot better.
He also mentioned that the difference between WPS7.0 and 8.0 is mostly the logo, they also provide training or Admin studio.
In short the message was that he feels that WPS is sort of end-of-life.

So we're gonna take a look at Admin studio.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: subsense
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Just spoke to out Wise Package Studio Reseller and he advises us to switch to InstallShield Admin Studio.

That's a very honest (or unattached) Wise Reseller you guys have there [:)] (Then again if he sells InstallShield courses ... )
He's right though imo. There have been a number of threads here expressing the fear that Symantec's commitment to the WPS product line is not exactly optimal.

PJ
Answered 05/21/2010 by: pjgeutjens
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I'm a wise user and always have been but I completely agree with him. If your serious about windows 7/installer engine 5/APP-v/XenApp/thin App

then Admin studio is definately the way to go. It looks very good download yourself the evaluation copy.

Altiris seem to have given up on Package studio
Answered 05/21/2010 by: timmsie
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When I evaluated v8, I wondered how Symantec had the brass neck to call it v8. Everyone knows it's really v7 SP4. Their committment to the product is highly questionable but, in any event, the length of time they take to add support for new technology is a disgrace. I now recommend clients move to InstallShield, even though I much prefer WPS in day-to-day useage.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: VBScab
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True. Without any support of common virtualisation product the next upgrade here will be admin studio.
Last packaging event in Amsterdam i can not beleave my eyes and ears that the features of the new version were so little.
Symantec digs its grave when go on like this.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: Cybermage
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Symantec digs its grave when go on like this. Well, it certainly digs WPS's grave. The rest of its product range seems well supported, whic throws up the contrast even more.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: VBScab
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True true.
I do not know every product of formaly altiris of symantec but it have very simularity what they have done with backup exec.
Buyedin from other company and look liked also totaly bleeded out. I hope not they treat every product like this way
Answered 05/21/2010 by: Cybermage
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How does Admin Studio integrate Thin App packages? Is this just for editing Thin App packages? VMWare has it's own snapshot and editing toolkit for Thin App so that's why I'm curious about this.

We're still using WPS. Just upgraded to version 8 yesterday as it was free for us also. Years ago when I reviewed both InstallShield and WPS, I preferred WPS because of the QA module and the pre-flight option. I guess I might have to check out the new Admin Studio stuff even though we would only be using Thin App in terms of virtual software.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: crawl
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Version 8 doesn't seem any different than version 7 so far...except for every time I use it it pops up this Authentication thing for the first time and I have to just click through that.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: skay
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That's not really v8's fault, is it? You have the wrong authentication set on the SQL Server instance or a missing/bad account record in the database. The simplest choice is to use NT authentication. There's a KB on Symantec's Connect "portal" on how to set up SQL Server.
Answered 05/21/2010 by: VBScab
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[font="times new roman"]what is the difference between prerequisites and merge module?

What is cached MSI?
Answered 12/20/2011 by: prahlad
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Good. Now we know that you are unable to use a) Internet forums (hijacking a totally unrelated thread) and b) Google.

It's also a fair bet that you failed to secure a packaging job because you didn't know the answers to these questions when your interviewer asked them. Check out the well-worn 'Interview questions' thread.

Pre-requisites
Merge module
Answered 12/21/2011 by: VBScab
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