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Deploying and Importing SVS Layers

Quoting from an article submitted by Patrick Kaak on Juice

Most of the time I install software by Group Policies in the Active Directory. But I encountered a few obstacles that forced me to blaze a new trail. Here's how I use WiseScripts to take care of some of my software installation woes.

Rethinking My Strategy

  • SVS does not have an interface yet to distribute layers to the workstations in GPOs.
  • Wise Package Studio only has an SVS Wrapper for MSIs and not the other way around.

Those are the reasons I tried to make a wrapper myself. This is the first version of it.

  • It looks for an Layername, places a VSA on the workstation and imports it into SVS.
  • It also can activate the new layer at startup and/or activate the layer after the installation.
  • The installation shows up in the Add/Remove program and will delete the layer when you un-install the MSI.

MSIs aren't made to distribute and install SVS Layers. There are no native functions for it. So I use embedded WiseScripts to make the install happen. The WiseScripts communicate with the MSI by MSI Properties.

Read the entire article and download the WiseScripts, here.

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2006 9:56 AM by David Marshall
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