BRAIN FORCE Packaging Robot Integration

Last year the Bundle Commander team and BRAIN FORCE teamed up to work on an integration between Bundle Commander, ZENworks Configuration Management and BRAIN FORCE Packaging Robot. Packaging Robot is a great solution for ZENworks customers, because it lets you automatically generate, test and document packages for e.g. Microsoft Windows Installer Packages (MSI), ZENworks Application Virtualization, Microsoft App-V and VMware ThinApp. That means major benefits in terms of time. The packaging process goes faster and the administration takes less time. The high cost of desktop- and workspace management and the number of incidents drop, while the level of service improves and becomes more predictable. Packaging Robot revolutionizes application packaging and virtualization.

What was missing for ZENworks customers, was the integration with ZENworks in order to prepare the MSI's for deployment using ZENworks Configuration Management. A typical ZENworks Administrator needs about ten minutes in ZENworks Control Center (ZCC) to create a Windows Bundle for a typical MSI package. So that would mean if you have about twenty MSI packages, it would take about 3 hours which is almost half a day of work. So with BRAIN FORCE we've worked on a 'Packaging Robot Import Wizard' which is now available in official release of Bundle Commander Professional Edition. This short demo shows a couple of aspects of this integration:

A couple of comments on the video:

  • The total runtime of the video is about three minutes, so instead of spending three hours we've spent three minutes creating Windows Bundles for the selected MSI's
  • Out of the PACKAGING ROBOT repository one is able to select one or more MSI's in order to create Windows Bundles for. In this demo all MSI's are being selected, but you're able to filter the list and select any MSI package for import as you wish.
  • The Propertygrid allows you to customize how you want to create the Windows Bundles. You can e.g. globally set the 'Executable Security Level' to 'Run as Dynamic Administrator' if you're deploying the MSI's to a locked down Windows 7 machine where a typical end user doesn't have any necessary Administrator rights to install the MSI's.
  • You're able to select in which 'Bundle Folder' you want to create the Windows Bundles in.
  • The Import Wizard automatically sets the 'Bundle Name' and 'Bundle Description to the what's defined by Packaging Robot in the 'ProductName' property of the MSI package. If you prefer to change the naming, you're able to do so.

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