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Strategy for snapshot

Hello,

It seems that with the ZENworks edition of AdminStudio or whatever it's
called it supports doing Snapshot creations of MSI also.

Does Novell intend for us to use AdminStudio to replace snapshot also
and do away with AOT/AXT and do everything with MSI?

Novell's Snapshot IMO is getting old and does not ignore all the files
and registry entries that it should, leading to additional clean-up
being needed.

Does Novell intend to enhance Snapshot so that it ignores more files and
registry entries that it should ignore or do they expect us to use
AdminStudio in the future instead of Snapshot? I don't really care one
way or the other but they simply say that both options are available
without saying which they recommend.

Thanks.
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Strategy for snapshot

Mike,

I use the full InstallShield AdminStudio 5x product. I would NOT "snapshot"
an .msi install. You're only asking for trouble. If you need to customize
the .msi installation create a transform instead! You can use the
AdminStudio Tuner product that is included with AdminStudio to do just that.

Let me know if you have any further questions...

Bryan

"Mike Ducharme" <ducharme@escape.ca> wrote in message
news:j81Hc.4588$iX1.1763@prv-forum2.provo.novell.com...
> Hello,
>
> It seems that with the ZENworks edition of AdminStudio or whatever it's
> called it supports doing Snapshot creations of MSI also.
>
> Does Novell intend for us to use AdminStudio to replace snapshot also
> and do away with AOT/AXT and do everything with MSI?
>
> Novell's Snapshot IMO is getting old and does not ignore all the files
> and registry entries that it should, leading to additional clean-up
> being needed.
>
> Does Novell intend to enhance Snapshot so that it ignores more files and
> registry entries that it should ignore or do they expect us to use
> AdminStudio in the future instead of Snapshot? I don't really care one
> way or the other but they simply say that both options are available
> without saying which they recommend.
>
> Thanks.



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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Strategy for snapshot

Snapshot is not going away.
A new version actually comes with 6.5 that plays better with XP.

There is not preference, because both are good for certain things.

I use

1) Snapshots - (Actually Most of the Time)
2) Automated Installs - MSI w/ parameters, Setups with /s or ISS files
3) AutoIt to handle items that don't work well with 1 or 2.


No tool will ever be the best solution to every problem.


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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Strategy for snapshot

I found at least one instance where the snapshot that was taken with
Installshield didn't work as well as the one taken with the ZENworks
Snappshot.

It just depends on the application. In either case, I converted it to an
MSI afterwards.

Charlie Silverman
Sr. Systems Administrator
Globalstar, LLC

"Mike Ducharme" <ducharme@escape.ca> wrote in message
news:j81Hc.4588$iX1.1763@prv-forum2.provo.novell.com...
> Hello,
>
> It seems that with the ZENworks edition of AdminStudio or whatever it's
> called it supports doing Snapshot creations of MSI also.
>
> Does Novell intend for us to use AdminStudio to replace snapshot also and
> do away with AOT/AXT and do everything with MSI?
>
> Novell's Snapshot IMO is getting old and does not ignore all the files and
> registry entries that it should, leading to additional clean-up being
> needed.
>
> Does Novell intend to enhance Snapshot so that it ignores more files and
> registry entries that it should ignore or do they expect us to use
> AdminStudio in the future instead of Snapshot? I don't really care one way
> or the other but they simply say that both options are available without
> saying which they recommend.
>
> Thanks.



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