deploy by group policy, office, updates and exes

I have setup software delivery under group policy, and have had a great deal of success deploying msi files of office, project, visio, and have applied service packs to administrative images, and redeployed these.

However some of the updates that are appearing now, are coming as exe files, for example for some of things that were deployed as msi.

What I want to do is package these exe (that can be installed in quiet mode, setup.exe /qa) as an msi file, so group policy can push it out.

What tools are there available to do this, as many seem to be able to copy the exe to the client, but none to copy the file there and then execute it.

One example of a file I would like to do this with, is service pack 8 for jet, this is an exe file that I would like to apply to a group of machines. but my only software delivery mechanism at the moment is group policy software delivery (whch only seems to support msi files)

Cheers in advance.

Tom H

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Posted by: cdupuis 19 years ago
Third Degree Green Belt
WIWW (Windows Installer Wrapper Wizard) is a great tool for this. It can be found in the downloads section of this site or at www.sywan.nl. It takes your .exe and any command line options you would like to set and compile this into an msi that will launch your .exe with those command line switches. This should work for you.
Posted by: MSIMaker 19 years ago
2nd Degree Black Belt
Most of the updates from MS come with either a deployment guide on the CD or you can get info on the MS site on deploying them to Enterprises.
Posted by: bcardell 19 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
What versions of Project have you been installing and what method? I'm struggling with Project 2000 over here and it's given me more headaches han any other package I've attempted.
Posted by: bkelly 10 years ago
Red Belt

If anyone is looking for WIWW, you can now find it here at ITNinja: http://www.itninja.com/wiww

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