I would like to batch install applications to freshly built machines to ease the burden of having to sit in front of the pc for 2-3 hours clicking away. Would using the app deploy packager here fit the bill ? Looking for a free solution if possible. This pc will then be imaged and used for multiple deployments.

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The AppDeploy Repackager is exactly that - a tool for repackaging applications with a legacy installer into MSI format. It is NOT a deployment tool.

The ideal free solution would be Group Policy.

You should also be aware that there is a dedicated Distribution forum here on AppDeploy.
Answered 08/11/2011 by: VBScab
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You mention legacy, but what about non-legacy apps. I want a simple application package that is set up with all the options I want
(per application, like in Visual studio don't install SQL Express, etc.) and all I have to do is write a batch file to do all the installs.
Apps to install are OFfice 10, VS 10, adobe, winzip, Spark, Roxio CD, etc.

Still a good choice then? Want to fire up the script and be able to do something else while the apps install.

Answered 08/11/2011 by: araczek
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Welcome to the world of software packaging/distribution.

Looking at your second post, I am not aware of such an application other than going with a software distribution Server such as SCCM or LANDesk (who offers many of what you want in canned packages but costs $$ for that license). Otherwise, you need to reseach/package/script each of the installs and then write up the commands into your batch file. Very do-able, but no "easy" way around it to my knowledge. On the upside, your at the right place to start your research because there are lots of PackageKB/SoftwareKB right on this site that have most of the work already done for you.

If you really want to work on automation, have a look at Autoit. It used to have a record feature to automate installs, but either way, you can script button clicks easy enough into an exe to run your installs. Not exactly packaging, but an option.
Answered 08/11/2011 by: jmaclaurin
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