Currently at my job we use Wise Script Editor to do most of our packaging. We do not use the Setup Capture (unless we absolutely have to) but instead run Setup.EXE or MSI’s in native mode. We find that Wise Script Editor is very easy to use, and very easy to customize. You can easily search for EXE’s, get version numbers, do advanced checking via IF Statements and While Statements, can create very nice custom .Log files, can easily manipulate the registry etc... and the list goes on and on. Not to mention is a great for scripting tools that manipulate the workstation environment.

What is the general consensus out there in the packaging world? Is it better to do everything within your MSI or do most still use a tool like Wise Script Editor?

Also, do all of you see tools like Wise Script Editor going away anytime soon? In favor of a full MSI method.

I am trying to gauge where packaging will be in 18-36 months and we at my job want to make a solid informed decision and pick the proper path. Are there any good web sites that cover this topic that you can recommend?

Any input would help.

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As for a future path, MSI has been adapted to handle Vista with version 4 so Microsoft is committing to it. I think it'll be here for the next 3 years at least for shrink-wrapped software.

I think you need to analyze your deployment method to really make a decision here. What do you use?

For instance, Microsoft Softgrid has its own "packaging" tool (it doesn't use Wise script or MSI or anything else) to prepare the software for deployment.

Also, deployment tools like GPO require MSI's.

So, if your company is looking at switching deployment methods, then you should base your packaging tool on that.
Answered 04/04/2007 by: turbokitty
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Answered 04/04/2007 by: fuz_kitten
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