22.214.171.124 Acquiring and Modifying Software Packages
The preparation phase involves two key processes: package acquisition and package modification. The
Software Installation and Maintenance technology can only deploy and manage Windows Installer package
files. Thus, you must have a package file for an application before that application can be deployed using
Group Policy. Administrators have the following three options for acquiring package files:
Obtain a package file from the software vendor;
Repackage an application by create a package file using repackaging software; and
Create a text file with the .zap extension.
Package modifications are similar to Windows Installer package files but have an .mst file extension.
Modifications allow you to take one software application, such as Microsoft Office, and create any number
of custom installations. You can then create GPOs, assign these different versions to different users, and
install the software.