I currently work for a College in the UK. We are using ZENWorks 4 on our student network. We have come to the stage were they are wanting applications re-packaged in MSI format. I have been looking at WISE and Install Shield AdminStudio. The college want to buy a re-packaging tool and I was wondering if there are any that people would recommend. I am also the one that has been selected to attend a training course on the software cost permitting! Which package would you recommend? Has anyone been on the Wise or Install Shield course?

Thanks in advance

ITS Systems Engineer
Richmond UK
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There are several threads in this forum that lay out the considerations very well, so I won't be redundant. Rather, I will point you to one of them:


Wise Package Studio and InstallShied Admin Studio are the most mature of the choices, but I think you will find as you read that people lean toward Wise. I have used both extensively, but use Wise at least 98% of the time, and for the same reasons that the thread above details.

I will add one thing, though. Possibly the most important packaging tool you can have and develop is a robust exception list. Mine has been built by combining Wise's, InstallShield's, reading forums, and making my own additions.

Good luck.

Craig --<>.
Answered 02/09/2004 by: craig16229
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Will you be keeping Zenworks or are you moving away from Novell? You may want to look at NetInstall (free trial at website). NetInstall combines packaging, deployment and desktop management into one tool. Training is 3 days, but it is easy enough to pick up on your own. Powerful but easy to learn and use.

Good luck!


Answered 02/19/2004 by: ASawran
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I can vouch for Package Studio. It's an excellent bit of kit, but like all packagers out there it's a bit pricey. If money is no object tho, it's the one to go for. We trialled the installshield equivelant but it didn't do so well...
Answered 02/20/2004 by: JonnyThunder
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