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EMCO MSI Package Builder

EMCO Software is a leading innovator on the remote administration and management solutions market. Headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, we are an international company with offices and operations around the globe. Since the company's founding in 2001, we have been dedicated to providing network administrators with feature-rich, easy-to-use and affordable software and improving productivity of IT departments. Focused on the real-world needs of network professionals, our products are simple to try, simple to use, and simple to maintain while providing the power, scalability and flexibility needed by companies and organizations of all sizes.

Our solutions portfolio includes award-winning products targeted at remote network inventory, remote software deployment, remote desktop access and administration, network protection from viruses and malware, network security and health analyzing, remote power management, and remote automation.

EMCO MSI Package Builder

Create MSI Packages and Convert EXE to MSI With No Hassle

An innovative installation editor designed for an effortless creation of MSI packages. It helps you create MSI packages automatically by using the changes tracking technology, or manually by using the visual editor. The application can be used to repackage legacy installations and convert EXE to MSI files in order to customize installers and prepare them for a silent remote deployment. Thus created packages can be deployed through Group Policy or EMCO Remote Installer.
Do you agree that application management belongs to the most routine and time-consuming tasks for system administrators? Nobody seems to be enthusiastic about visiting every PC in the building and following the same installation sequence time and again. Nevertheless, it's important to keep applications updated and under a centralized control, otherwise they become unmanageable quite soon. It doesn't matter how many PCs you have - 10 or 10 000; the only chance to manage installations effectively is to rely on automated systems.

How to Build MSI: Effortless Approach

How can EMCO MSI Package Builder help you? Let's identify week points of remote deployment first. One of the widely used means of remote installation is the domain's Group Policy. It's pretty powerful, but if you consider using it, you have to be aware of its requirements:

  • Group Policy only enables deployment of those applications that are ready for silent unattended installation. The automatic process nature leaves no place for options selection and interaction with the user, hence the setup file design should account for this.
  • A Windows Installer package (MSI file) is needed for installation though Group Policy. Deployment of EXE files is not supported directly, so you need to repackage EXE to MSI.

Obviously, there are many installations that do not meet these requirements. Is it possible to deploy them remotely? Certainly! This is a task for EMCO MSI Package Builder to produce new or convert existing installations into a format suitable for silent unattended installation.

Innovative Technology: Automatic Installation Repackaging

EMCO MSI Package Builder goes beyond the scope of typical installation creation tools and straightforward EXE to MSI repackagers. It's not just another MSI editor or builder. You are not limited by feature set bounds, and at the same time you don't need to browse hundreds of pages of manuals and learn a specific installation language. Instead, you benefit from an automatic and fully visual MSI creation process based on the pioneer 'Live Monitoring' technology.

How can you create MSI or customize an existing installation? With MSI Package Builder you can follow a traditional way and enter the set of files and registry keys for installation manually in the visual editor. Or you can save a lot of effort by trying the automatic build approach benefiting from the 'Live Monitoring' technology. In this case, the process is very easy and consists of just a few steps:

  • Start monitoring by pressing the button in the application. This action activates collecting information about changes on the file system and registry.
  • Start the activity to be monitored. It can be an original setup file, which you need to execute to then follow the installation process as usual by selecting options and entering data. Or it can be a set of actions required for a new installation, for example, files copying. All changes undertaken on the file system and the registry are automatically tracked.
  • Stop monitoring by pressing the button when the monitored activity has finished. All monitored actions are displayed in the visual editor and can be changed if required.
  • Build MSI automatically using the monitoring results.

This approach significantly simplifies producing of customized MSI packages for any existing installation. You just need to monitor the installation process where you can select required options. The thus generated package performs exactly the same actions as those taken during the manual deployment and is ready for a remote deployment.

Key Features

  • Creation of MSI packages, which can be installed manually on a local PC or automatically on remote PCs through Group Policy or EMCO Remote Installer.
  • Intuitive visual editor for managing files, folders, registry and environment installation entries. Truly visual approach - no programming skills required.
  • 'Live Monitoring' technology that enables capturing of file system and registry changes caused by any application. Collected data used for MSI creation.
  • Decompilation, which allows decompiling the existing package, making changes and creating a new customized MSI package.
  • Installation of Windows services. Service entries can be defined manually in the visual editor or come from the monitoring results.
  • Extended installation management features: system variables support, control of files and registry keys overwriting, file attributes support, files and registry keys permanence options, etc.

Why EMCO MSI Package Builder?

EMCO MSI Package Builder helps you create MSI packages, thus it can be used every time you need to create an installation. You can rely on it even when other deployment tools fail, namely:

  • When you need to create a setup file but don't know how to do it. Don't worry - you don't need to undergo any special training. Using the intuitive visual interface, you will be able to create your first installation within a couple of minutes.
  • When you want to make a mass application deployment on remote computers. You just need to monitor the manual installation process using the 'Live Monitoring' technology, and MSI can be automatically created from the monitoring results. The generated package can be installed remotely by means of Group Policy or EMCO Remote Installer.
  • When you have to convert EXE to MSI. This can be done automatically using the 'Live Monitoring' technology. Moreover, you can select different options in the course of the original installation process, and your selection will be reflected in the produced MSI.
  • When you need to uninstall an unwanted application from remote computers. For this, monitor the application deinstallation and create MSI from the monitoring results. This package can be executed on remote computers by means of Group Policy or EMCO Remote Installer to uninstall an application.

Select Edition

EMCO MSI Package Builder is available as Professional and Enterprise editions with different features and at different prices. Below you can see a high-level feature comparison of these editions.

Functionality Focus
Build brand-new MSI
Convert EXE to MSI
Customize existing MSI
MSI Creation Approach
Manual creation in the visual editor
Automatic creation based on the monitoring results ('Live Monitoring' technology)
Automatic creation based on the MSI decompilation
Installation Features
Files and folders: create, modify, delete
Files versioning options: overwrite unconditionally, overwrite older, overwrite equal or older, skip
Files attributes: set and preserve
File permanence: preserve file during uninstallation
Registry entries: create, modify, delete
Registry entry permanence: preserve registry entry during uninstallation
Services: install, uninstall, start, stop
Environment variables: create, modify delete
Licenses issued for MSI Package Builder versions prior to 3.3.1 are equal to Enterprise Edition licenses.

Related Products

EMCO Remote Installer - A timesaving tool intended for software remote installation. It allows you to retrieve a list of applications installed on every PC in the local network, to automatically detect changes in this list and to make a mass remote installation and deinstallation of software. The software deployment process is automatic, unattended and silent; all you need is an MSI package ready for silent installation and a list of the PCs where it should be deployed. The rest is the EMCO Remote Installer's business.

EMCO Installation Suite - This bundle targeted at management of installations and applications throughout the local network. It includes two innovative products: EMCO MSI Package Builder and EMCO Remote Installer, which allow you to create new or customize existing installations and deploy them remotely onto PCs in the local network. You can also convert EXE to MSI for existing setups to prepare them for remote installation. As a result, you get an integrated solution that spares you most tiresome and routine application management tasks and chores.

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