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Briefly explained: What is software packaging?

The term software packaging, also known as software distribution, refers to the preparation and customization of software installations on multiple clients. The software package contains all the parameters and files needed for a professional installation. With these installation packages a safe as well as comfortable software distribution can be realized. The enclosed script can finally be installed – possibly in a modified form – on the end device.

Software packaging - the advantages at a glance

In a corporate environment, there are several computers, often over 1000, that require the same software. If one person were to manually install the software or operating system on this large number of computers, it would take an enormous amount of time.

For this reason it is meaningful that software packages are provided, so that the software on those computers is directly available. In addition, updates and adjustments to the configuration can be carried out automatically afterwards. The adaptation of a standard installation to the individual needs of an end customer is also part of software packaging.

The packages are managed via a software distribution solution that covers all computers in the working environment. Assignments can then be used to install the appropriate package in a simple manner. It is also possible, for example, to install the same software once in German or English.

Depending upon requirement can be installed by different groups and assignments also the arbitrary configurations on the terminal. In this way, software packaging contributes to automation in the company and ensures that workflows are organized efficiently.

When does a professional software distribution solution make sense?

When packaging is necessary depends on the size of the company and the number of end devices that also need this software, as well as the effort required for packaging. For example, in some environments, specialized software that would be costly to package and only one client needs may prefer to be installed manually.

 

Smaller companies like to use the “Command line Tools” or small PowerShell scripts in conjunction with Active Directory. In larger companies, a software distribution solution is common. But these do not always deliver a clear and intuitive packaging software to the IT administrator. Software packages can be created using Microsoft’s object-oriented scripting language “PowerShell”, which has some advantages, but also disadvantages.

 

PowerShell is a complex and non-intuitive scripting language. This makes it more difficult to create scripts, to understand them and to analyze or find errors. However, there are software packaging solutions that simplify software packaging and take out complexity. A ready-made command selection and a dialog-oriented approach combined with a “drag and drop” function simplifies packaging. The dialogs prevent the packager from making syntax errors or having to memorize parameters.

 

In this respect, the “IDERI pace” packaging software offers precisely these advantages.

Syntax errors are avoided through a dialog-oriented approach. The dialogs are structured in such a way that the mandatory fields (parameters) are shown during packaging, so nothing can be forgotten.

 

IDERI pace offers numerous very interesting features:

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No: You can decide for each package which “language” you want to script: NetInstall-eScript or PowerShell.

The IDERI packagingSuite consists of the following components:

  • IDERI pace:
    • The IDERI packaging center (pace) is our dialog-oriented packaging interface for simple and fast packaging of software packages without any prior knowledge, similar to Ivanti DSM. The speaking names of the commands help to always find the one you need. With drag & drop, scripts can be created very easily.
  • IDERI installer:
    • The IDERI Installer is the component that must be installed on the client PCs and is responsible for the execution and interpretation of the IDERI pace scripts. It also takes into account user parts in the respective scripts that have to be executed for each user.
  • IDERI mate:
    • IDERI mate (MSI and Transform Editor) is an MSI editor that allows you to save settings in an MSI or in a transform (.mst) file and to distribute them directly during installation. Furthermore, IDERI mate can be used to record installation options simply by simulating the installation and generating an .mst file directly from the information provided.

The packagingSuite is suitable for administrators who work with a software distribution solution that has no or a complicated scripting language.These can be solutions such as Microsoft SCCM, Ivanti EPM, Matrix 24 Empirum and many more.

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