An intersting solution if you have not seen it, SparkleFlow helps you to follow a structured repackaging process.
Getting your application packaging under control can be a time consuming challenge, especially considering that 62% of firms take between 6 and 18 months to test and remediate apps for Windows 7. Throw in Windows 8 and now you’re in a whole new mess and are probably spending a lot more time than you expected on application packaging. Application packaging isn’t just a small, one-time process, but these four steps should help make your application packing process more streamlined.
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Step 1: Verify the Application Migration Request
- Verify legacy installation media availability.
- Verify accuracy of the installation instructions.
- Verify that the installation and application work on the target image.
- Determine the migration method. Use one of the following migration methods:
- Customization (MST with tuner)
- Advanced Customization ( MST with Installshield)
Step 2: Create the Storage Structure
To create the storage structure, perform the following steps:
1. Rename the top-level directory of your storage structure to [vendor]-[Appl.Name]-[App.Version]-[Language]
2. Copy the installation instructions, documentation, and installation media to the relevant subdirectories.
Step 3: Package the Application
For legacy installations use Repackager to perform repackaging.
- Prepare the test image.
- Prepare your repackaging tools.
- Monitor the legacy installation using Repackager.
- In Repackager fields, enter the application name, version, and so forth.
- Follow the steps outlined in installation instructions.
- Save Repackager output to the development system.
- Convert the Repackager output to an MSI package.
- For advanced customizations, use InstallShield Editor and complete the following:
- Open the .ism file (created by Repackager) in InstallShield Editor.
- Make the required changes.
- Build the updated MSI package.
For a basic customization project, use Tuner and/or InstallShield Editor.
- Use Tuner and/or InstallShield Editor to create the response transform (.mst file).
- Perform prevalidation.
- Make the required customizations.
- Save the transform.
For an advanced customization project, scope and execute the required steps:
- Scope the required steps.
- Execute the required steps.