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MAC OS - Application Packaging and Deployment Tool
11/15/2016 5861 views
I am working on Application Packaging Technology on Windows and looking to learn and get training on Application Packaging tools on Mac.
Can someone help me in knowing what are most famous packaging tools ( like Installshield, Wise Package Studio and Orca in Windows) and Deployment Tool (like SCCM in Windows) on Mac OS?
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I support Macs full-time. My favorite GUI packager is InstallEase from Heat LANrev. There is also "Packages" and Casper (JAMF) Composer. They are best when the apps you are deploying have components in multiple locations and are not simply just an ".app" like say, Firefox.
On the Mac command line I like Apples' PKGBUILD. Really great and fast once you get some command history going...I just update the version number when a new app gets released and deploy it. It's built-in to macOS. A sample statement in "Terminal" (in the /Applications/Utilities folder) looks like this:
sudo pkgbuild --install-location /Applications --component /Volumes/Firefox/Firefox.app ~/Desktop/Firefox.pkg
This command dumps the new Firefox app as a pkg on your Macs desktop and is ready to push out to any Macs you manage.
For deployment tools I like Heat LANrev for dual-platform deploying (if you are on a PC, for instance). Another big all-Mac solution is of course JAMF Casper Suite. There is also IBM BigFix and LANDesk, but I haven't used those. JAMF and LANrev are both excellent.
Answered 11/15/2016 by: NinjaMac