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Well I've been working for a while to figure out a way to create an MSI installer package that I can use in Group Policy to push software to my workstations.
I haven't perfected the process and I'm currently limited to very simple programs that allow you to copy and paste the C:\Program Files\Program Folder from one location to another but it is working and so far is all I really need.
I've used it to begin deploying the following programs to our workstations:
Check out my site below for the actual details and the pdf with instructions.
Hopefully it is somewhat helpful and if anybody else has figured out a FREE way to create MSI files that is easy and works let me know.
I've not messed with any of the arguments it provides by default. I just tried making a MSI for VLC media player version 1.0.5, and noticed that it switched the default arguments from my first attempt (CutePDF).
VLC in MSI format, installed without a hitch.
I'm guessing that maybe it knows what arguments to use by default?
Audacity has a known installer, and worked for me.
Cam Studio doesn't have a known installer, and fails.