[Samba] software deployment

Ryan Bair ryandbair at gmail.com
Fri Sep 26 07:16:46 MDT 2014

Hi Denis,

Both opsi and wapt look interesting. What deficiencies did you find in opsi
that lead you develop wapt?

Using Google Translate, I looked at the wapt site but didn't see a way to
deploy a package to a group of machines. I'm guessing this is possible,
more python?

On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM, Denis Cardon <
denis.cardon at tranquil-it-systems.fr> wrote:

> Hi Mourik,
>> Just wondering: What are you guys using to deploy software on your
>> windows (7) workstations within the samba4 AD?
>> These are options I know of:
>> * wpkg (but it seems it's development is not too active)
>> * wpkg-gp using the group policies
>> * www.opsi.org (Client Management System for Windows clients)
>> * standard windows software deployment, but I think that's msi-only
> I have used/tested all the above (and many others) in the past and finaly
> I ended up re-developping an apt-get equivalent for handling software
> deployment on windows (yes I know the NIH syndrom :-). The result is
> Wapt-get (http://dev.tranquil.it/wiki/Wapt , warning French only)
> licenced with gplv3.
> If you are familiar with .deb packaging, you should feel at home. Wapt-get
> is based on:
> * an http repository with Packages index
> * an agent installed on workstation with your certificate for package
> validation and installation
> * a package is a plain zip file (simpler than an "ar" of tarxz) with
> signature (apk style) that is checked before installation, a control file
> with package name, version and dependencies, and a setup.py file that is
> executed during installation.
> * a standard language (python) is used to script a setup.py file how the
> package is installed (ie. you won't have to learn an extra cryptic xml
> based scripting language :-). The shortest setup.py file is :
> def install():
>     run("firefox-setup.exe /s")
> I use it currently on about 5000+ workstation and it scales properly (my
> largest single install is about 1000 workstations on a single wapt server
> VM).
> If you are eager to test it, I would advise you to start with the windows
> based wapt server which is easier to install, and then go with the linux
> server which scales better. Your feedback is welcome! If there is enough
> interest I'll translate the whole stuff in English earlier, it is on the
> roadmap.
> Hope this helps.
> Denis
>> This page also has al lot interesting reading:
>> http://www.klaus-hartnegg.de/gpo/
>> However, I'm looking for some praktical tips or experiences. What are
>> you using, do you like it? Would you recommend it?
>> The samba wiki also has a page on this subject:
>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Software_deployment_on_Samba
>> but it only talks about wpkg, and history tells me it dates from 2006....
>> I could perhaps update that page with the outcome of this thread.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Mourik Jan
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