Renewal is coming up for our corporation, and the Big Boss is twitching over the contract renewal fees for AdminStudio. The question he is asking is whether or not there are other viable alternatives for software repackaging that are worth looking into....? (We still haven't decided to go with App-V or ThinApp for our virtualization solution, but will be participating in the Microsoft App-V TAP soon.)

Recommendations? Or should the Big Boss be advised to shell out the money for AdminStudio because it's worth it?

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The realistic alternative you now have to mull over equal exactly zero: Flexera swallowed the Wise family of products in November of this year. There is InstallAnywhere, I suppose, but I've never seen it in use at any of the clients I've worked for over the last [x] years.
Answered 12/21/2011 by: VBScab
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http://www.advancedinstaller.com/ ?
Answered 12/21/2011 by: GrGrGr
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You will definitely get what you pay for. Do you want to spend a ton of time trying to figure out why it didn't work? ORCA's free, but trying to package solely in ORCA is like designing a rich webpage in Notepad. You can do it and it's pretty studly to do be able to, but you'll spend a TON of time getting it to work. There are other small players like InstallAware out there and I think Delphi lets you build MSIs (but don't quote me on this). However, the only player with a large support community and a large amount of documentation is our friend AdminStudio. It's got a very good toolset that I would be willing to bet smaller players lack.

Oh, you could use Winbatch/VB to mimic an MSI and do file copies, regedits, logs, etc, but YUK and double YUK. Again, be ready to spend a ton of development time that you don't need to spend.

You mentioned *realistic* alternatives - of that there really aren't any unless you want to gamble on a smaller player. I'd say that's a losing bet.
Answered 12/21/2011 by: Arminius
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Thanks for the replies. I pretty much figured as much, but still needed to check out the alternatives. Much appreciated!
Answered 12/22/2011 by: greenjelloland
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