I work for a company that develop various web-based applications using MS Active Server Pages, COM components and SQL Server Databases. We've developed several "out-of-the-box" products that we are distributing, but are having problems finding an easy-to-use install-software package that is tailored for this type of applications.
We've used InstallShield for Windows Installer Professional 2 so far, but find that the only automated help it has been able to provide is to copy the files from the CD to the target system.
We've had to develop Custom Actions that register COM Components in MTS/Com+ applications, set up Internet Information Server and run SQL scripts to set up the database ourselves; operations that comprise 90% of the installation in our case.
Does anyone know if there is a software package that is designed for installing applications of this type, or will we have to continue using expensive software for file-copying and building the rest ourselves?
I would appreciate any recommendations on this matter, as the prospect of continually developing install-routines in addition to developing updates for our product is rather daunting.
(Edited by Hobber at 2:06 pm on June 29, 2001)