PB is pretty much a dead entity in LANDesk, it still works, and many people still use. I would not put too much time and effort in to it since it will probably be replaced in 9.0.
- Location \\corename\ldmain\Install\package_builder\
- No installation considerations
- Licensing is open to all LANDesk customers - run it on as many workstations as possible. Compiled packages can be distributed without and costs, etc...
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I would even consider some of the free packaging tools out there. They have more features than LD P. 9.0 may have a new one with more features, but it may be 6-8 months for that.
- Advanced Installer - http://www.advancedinstaller.com/
- WinInstaller LE - http://sup.scalable.com/SupportHome/tabid/36/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fDownloads%2ftabid%2f65%2fDefault.aspx
- Appdeploy Repackager - http://www.appdeploy.com/tools/repackager/
- Iceberg - http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Iceberg.html
- Apple's - http://developer.apple.com/tools/xcode/index.html
- LANrev Packager - http://www.lanrev.com/solutions/package-building.html
If you are looking to build simple packages, you would be better off using NSIS.
It doesn't have a snapshot utility, but it is a good tool. I make my installers with it for the LANDesk Support Tools.
I have heard we are getting something in 9.0 as well. I would say 4 to 6 months though.
To be honest I have an install that consists of a number of files that should be transferred to the client, followed by a registration of few DLLs. The application is then accesible via th exe. It is therefore very simple. Normally we use a batch file that goes through the process.
We tried to run the batch file through landesk but started getting the error file is not in TMC cache, however it does transfer the batch file to the smdcache. I then though os using a file transfer script, but there are too many files to make it efficient, and this is when i thought of using the package builder
I will have a look at this utility to see if I can deploy my application using it
A couple things to try, you could zip the files up and have it transfer the one file and unzip on the client. You could also use Custom Vulnerabilities to create a patch that could do all that. I have used that for things like that and it works with ease.
That also sounds like a very good idea.