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Packaging Software Part One (Endpoint Management Tools - Mac)

This article applies to: Endpoint Management Tools


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Collecting source files for a package is the first step of the process described on our Packaging Software for Deployment guide.

There are six ways to collect the source files. Here we'll cover three common methods. Use whichever one you prefer. (Refer to the Casper Suite Administrator's Guide for details on all six methods.)

Collect a Package Source Via Snapshot

This method involves installing software on a computer and using Casper Composer to take "snapshots" before and after the installation process. The changes to your computer between those two snapshots are collected.

  1. Launch Composer (in your Casper Suite folder) and enter credentials for an administrative account on your Mac.
  2. Click New.
  3. Select Normal Snapshot, then click Next.
  4. Enter a package name, then click Next. At this point, Composer will create the "before" snapshot. This will (typically) take several minutes. Do not click Create Package Source until AFTER you install software (see next step).
  5. When the snapshot completes, install the software you want to package. If desirable, launch the application to accept the EULA or configure the application. If needed, you can restart your computer; relaunch Composer after rebooting to resume building the package.
  6. Return to the Composer window and click Create Package Source. At this point, Composer will create the "after" snapshot, then compare the two snapshots to create the package source. Again, this may take several minutes. When it finishes, you'll see it listed under Sources in the Composer window.

Via Pre-Installed Software

This method involves selecting an application already installed on your computer and using Casper to gather the necessary information about that application.

  1. Launch Composer (in your Casper Suite folder) and enter credentials for an administrative account on your Mac.
  2. Click New.
  3. On the left, under Package Manifests, click Pre-Installed Software. The main portion of the window will show the applications installed on your Mac.
  4. Select the item you want, then click Next. Composer will create the package source for this application. When it finishes, you'll see it listed under Sources in the Composer window.
  5. If desired, you can rename the source by right-clicking (or CTRL-clicking) it, then selecting Rename.

Via Existing Packages

This method lets you deconstruct an existing PKG, MPKG, or DMG file into a package source.

  1. Launch Composer (in your Casper Suite folder) and enter credentials for an administrative account on your Mac.
  2. Drag the existing package into the Composer window, dropping it on the (left) sidebar. It will appear as an item under Packages.
  3. Select the package, then click Convert to Source. When Composer finishes its work, you'll see the new source listed under Sources in the Composer window.
  4. If desired, you can rename the source by right-clicking (or CTRL-clicking) it, then selecting Rename.

Once you have the collected the source files, continue with 

Part Two - Edit a Package Source (optional)

or Part Three - Build the Package Using Source Files

or return to the main Packaging Software for Deployment guide.

About this Article

Last updated: 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:06am

Audience: 

IT Professionals

Operating System: 

Macintosh

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