ZENworks snapshot conversion

Hi all,

I am planning a migration from ZENworks 7.0 to another configuration management product of which SCCM is one potential candidate. As part of this project there are 1000 snapshot (.AOT) packages that require either conversion or repackaging to a supported format (MSI). I see Wise Package Studio does claim to be able to convert these - with some exceptions.

Is someone prepared to share their past experiences in this conversion process? Tools used, resources, timeline, cost, problems encountered etc? Happy to take the conversation offline if desirable.

The environment in question is ZENworks 7.0, WinXP SP2, 4000 desktops, Active Directory.



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Posted by: shivashankarfc 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
Hello Kent,

I have worked on Zenworks & ConsoleOne with my previous clients, as part of migration I suggest you to use Zenworks tool to convert the all your AOT's and AXT's to Windows Installer format (MSI). Zen 7 has that option of converting AXT's and AOT's to MSI.

Posted by: spartacus 12 years ago
Black Belt
The Repackager tool in AdminStudio can perform conversion of ZenWorks packages to MSI and has the added bonus that it can be batch driven - which could be useful given the sort of numbers of packages you are talking about.

The quality of the resulting MSI packages will depend somewhat on how well the original ZenWorks packages were engineered, but typically (after conversion) you may need to do some level of junk cleaning and also ICE33 resolution (if thats an issue for you) because although Repackager will move most of the COM information to the correct MSI tables, it is not perfect.

Posted by: kplummer 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
Thanks spartacus. Do you have an estimate per app of the time this conversion may take on average, considering that some apps may be more troublesome than others?

Posted by: shravanone 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
Posted by: anonymous_9363 12 years ago
Red Belt
One, please do not hijack threads, especially those which have absolutely nothing to do with the problem you're having.
Two, which of the 32 different messages associated with the ICE03 validation error are you getting?
Rating comments in this legacy AppDeploy message board thread won't reorder them,
so that the conversation will remain readable.

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