Guys, don't know if I'm in the right place and if I'm not than I apologize. What I'm looking for is an application that will push a self extracting executable, to a user, that is packaged to run our installer after extraction is complete. Would be nice if the application has a GUI that will inform us if the push was successful or failed so we can go back to the machines later. Appdeploy looks like a great app, but way too powerful for what we need. I'm banging my head trying to find an application that will do this. Could you guys point us in the right direction?

Like I said if this is the wrong forum than I apologize. Thanks!
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this question might be better answered in the distribution forum, but I think you're in the right place. You want software that'll push packages internally (corporate), like SMS or Altiris, or are you more in the consumer market?

Answered 12/15/2006 by: aogilmor
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, we're in an active directory domain, but we have our own clients within that domain, so we don't have access to servers to push from. Our group has admin rights on all the machines, so that's not going to be a problem. It's kind of difficult to explain :)

SMS and Altiris are not an option because corporate would not allow that to be put on every machine, even the 800 machines that we support. We used a tool by Symantec a while back that did exactly what I'm asking for, but when we updated to AD it changed something in the authentication process and we cannot use the tool any more.
Answered 12/15/2006 by: notta
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Do not push it through GPO. It will incur heavy costs on the network. I suggest you to make a script that copies the extractor on to the target machines, and runs the self extractor. You can use VBScript for that purpose.

After the script is made, perform the following tasks:

1. Keep the extractor on a null share point in the network
2. Push the script through Landesk or GPO to the target machine and put in ActiveSetup registry

Whenever the computer starts, the extractor will execute, hence the programs will be installed. Pushing the entire extractor via GPO will not be an optimal solution.

For any further clarification, please feel free to get in touch.

With Best Regards,
Tushar Singh
Answered 12/15/2006 by: matrixtushar
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