First question, What is WPKG? As defined on their website: WPKG is an automated software deployment, upgrade and removal program for Windows. WPKG always you install software onto any number of hosts intelligently. I have been using it for several years and use it on over 3,000 machines. I will discuss the basics of WPKG and its software deployment. For more detailed explanation you can visits their website at www.wpkg.org
It can be used to push/pull software packages, such as
It can run as a service to install software in the background (silent install), without user interaction. Or you can use it with an Active Directory to run when the computers start. WPKG offers a lot of options on how to use it to deploy applications and software to your computers.
Anyone who has more than a couple of computers that are already deployed and needs to manage software installation from a centralized location. You can use this if you are looking for an open source "Free" software development program to use within your organization.
NO, but it did at one point. They created one that never really worked well (It was hard to use and took a lot of time to accomplish anything). So they stopped support for it. The majority of work in WPKG needs to be do through a text editor. I recommend using Notepad plus plus, because it make reading the XML file much easier - see screen shot. WPKG is based on an XML file structure, which means you don't have to be a programmer to understand it.
(on the left is word and the right is Notepad plus plus download here)
WPKG does a lot of things really well.
WPKG does some things not so well.
WPKG is a great program for automating the install of applications onto client machines from a central location. You can't be scared of using a text editor with XML files. I find that co-workers of mine keep the mentality that it is easier to do things the old way. This is a great program that if endorse will save you a lot of time.
Are you using WPKG? Let me know what you think. Leave a comment.