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PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit v3.2.0

Rating:        Based on 5 ratings
Reviewed:  4 reviews
Downloads: 4532
Change Set: 073838da6eee
Released: Sep 1, 2014
Updated: Sep 1, 2014 by PowerSheller
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

  • Added further optimization and best practice enhancements to Execute-Process to improve parameter validation, object and exception handling.
  • Added a check for in-progress MSI installations preventing an MSI from installing and waits up to 10 minutes - this reduces instances of MSI error code 1618 (Test-MsiExecMutex)
  • Added Get-MsiExitCodeMessage - used by Execute-MSI (also available to Execute-Process) to get MSI exit code description if not handled by default.
  • Get-InstalledApplication and Remove-MSIApplication now support exact application name matching
  • Added error message to clarify when the toolkit fails to dot source and functions are not available
  • Improved exception handling in Write-Log
  • The install title format on asynchronous UI elements will now match the synchronous UI elements
  • Asynchronous toolkit invocations now write to the same log file as synchronous
  • Install-MSUpdates now handles re-distributables such as the VC++ runtime redistributables
  • Added additional uninstallation sections to Deploy-Application.ps1 template to mirror installation sections
  • Added Dutch translations

(Thanks to mmashwani for his excellent contributions to this release)

Reviews for this release

This toolkit is a app packager's dream come true, the Microsoft SCCM team could learn a thing or two from this tool. The SCCM application model is great but since most apps require scripting unloading the app installation into a non standard script is just not going to work on the long term. This toolkit provides structure, customization and greatly reduced packaging time. This tookit really shines if you need meaningful user interaction.
by IoanPopovici on Nov 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM
Everything that I have been looking to do with Application Deployments in SCCM has always been hindered by a couple things. Non-standard scripts to install, needing the user to shut certain programs down and keep them closed - even the program returning a reboot code when I tried to suppress. This toolkit has allowed me to resolve all of these issues. If it weren't for the fact that others have reviewed it - I would have assumed they wrote it with me in mind! This tool will make any Application Deployment much, much better. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
by bkubitz on Oct 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM
I now package all my applications using this and have started to go back and repackage my old powershell installations. This toolkit rocks. Thank you!
by jgaswint on Oct 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM
Every time I run into an issue I find it has already been addressed in the next release ;-) I love this toolkit! Current Issue: "Failed to grab execution mutex. System error 258." Latest Version Release Notes for 3.2.0: "Added a check for in-progress MSI installations preventing an MSI from installing and waits up to 10 minutes - this reduces instances of MSI error code 1618 (Test-MsiExecMutex)"
by mniccum on Oct 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM