Software Management Enhancement
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Author:  shankwc [ Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:34 am ]
Post subject:  Software Management Enhancement

I wanted to say that OA is awesome and we love it, thank you for it. In fact, we like it so much that we are just finishing up a project to extend the web interface by integrating WPKG xml creation to it. If you don't know what WPKG is - please go to to find out before reading on. We have the ability to create WPKG pkgs and save them as XML. This was actually a pretty difficult task since the XML can be very complicated and we needed to allow for all possibilities. So that part is done and we are now working on integrating it with OA better. We are planning to use the software register section since this seems the be the best place to manage software from. So, in addition to being able to register your licenses - this section will allow you to effectively register your software for management. The registering for management part would take you to WPKG package builder where you would enter all the parameters for the software and it will then create the package.xml for that software and write it to your server. We still need to work on the part where we connect the software to a host (PC) so that it will get installed, but we are expecting that to be pretty simple and may have it done in a few days.

So anyway, the end result of all this is that you should be able to use Open Audit to not only inventory your PCs, but also have it add and remove software from them automagically. So the questions I have are - A) is anyone interested in this? B) Since it bridges 2 open source projects - if it's to be combined into an OSS project, which one - or should it be forked into it's derivative that tracks each project separately?

Author:  A_Hull [ Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Am I interested... You bet.

Do we need to fork, not necessarily, we can detect the presence of WPKG, and offer the options if this package is present.

This would simply be an option on the admin menu. Setup WPKG link... point to the correct location, check a suitable version exists at this location, and off we go.

That way we allow WPKG to develop separately and we only need to keep up with their developments, in the same way that we have Open Offce, DIA and Inkscape integration, but we are not a part of any of these projects.

Author:  NsOnLn [ Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

I am very interested in this. Let me know if I can help testing...

Author:  nino_n [ Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

I'm interested and can offer help on coding.

Does any one want help.....????

Author:  shankwc [ Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Sorry, I dropped off the radar for a while. I got really busy with some major projects.

We have the WPKG integration working, but not I'll admit not well tested. As it standand now, if your OA server is in your local network and part of your domain you can integrate WPKG and OA straight off. To have it work the way I intended still requires more work and testing. We are managed service provider, so I have each client setup each with a OA system on my NOC servers. I have some rudimentary rsync scripts that push the XML files to the predetermined location on their server. Then WPKG on their PC pulls it off the server. The biggest problem I have is keeping the files in sync and debugging the WPKG installs (about 80% of the software works 90% of the time).

But what I've determined is that I either need to really spend a lot time developing this OA-WPKG intergrated tool (I was thinking of calling it OpenMSP) or just buying a commercial tool and getting on with it. The coder in me is dying to create my own, but time is not on my side. I'm going to have to purchase a commercial MSP product. But this actually may work well, since it should actually improve our operations and allow me more free time, which I may be able to dedicate to OpenMSP. But in the mean time, I won't be doing anything with it and I don't want it to be wasted. So I'd like to give what I've done (or at least paid for) back to OpenAudit. Please let me know how you would like the code.


Author:  Mark [ Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Just email me the code - openaudit at gmail com.
I can post it into the repo, and the Devs, or any other interested person can check it out, and have a play.
Thanks for the work - and thanks again for the code.

Just to clarify - either openaudit at gmail com OR open.audit at gmail com should work.

Author:  jhurd8025 [ Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Amazing this would be really cool.

Author:  jhurd8025 [ Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Any chance you could post this somewhere, this is exactly what I was looking for.

Author:  shankwc [ Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Mark - did you get the code? What do you think about integrating it into the main release?

Author:  Mark [ Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Software Management Enhancement

Have not received anything.

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