InstallShield

April 13, 2005 – 21:15

I have discovered a serious gripe, I have been trying to deploy all sorts of applications via GPSI into a Windows XP domain. For the most part I have had great sucess, old executables with a setup.exe I have been able to extract the files and install them manualy, or take an instalation image. Some new installs I have just been able to copy the install MSI files.

However there is a certain company who creates a product called InstallSheild, that produces the most convolute, screwy, malformed MSI packages you could imagine. Why? I don’t know, everyone else manages it perfectly well, maybe it is so that we all have to use their AdminStudio package to re-package our software, who knows.

Anyway, if you value your systems administrators don’t use this software, you could be causing them a nightmare.

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