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A few years ago I worked a temp job where they created. msi files using an application that scanned a VMware virtual machine once, you then booted it up installed the thing you wanted and shut it down. The app would then re-scan and create a msi from the changes it found.

I can't remember the name and would really like to use it in my current job. Has anyone encountered this before and can you tell me what the application was?

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Please edit and use punctuation. – Paul May 28 '12 at 9:14
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The general concept you're talking about is called application virtualisation - and there's several solutions that revolve around it. From the reference to vmware, chances are you're talking about vmware thinapp. - there's other options such as app-v from microsoft as well

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Thanks for the answer but that sounds a little more complicated than I was planning, I mainly wanted to create msi's for deployment via GPO using a simple technique. VMware thinapp appears to go way beyond this virtualising the deployed application on the end users machine. – Oli May 28 '12 at 9:25
thinapp will let you create installable MSIs as well, and it does work exactly as you've described it. – Journeyman Geek May 28 '12 at 9:27
Awesome thanks I will look into it then! – Oli May 28 '12 at 9:29

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