Please consider creating MSP’s or increasing the cadence of your MSI Releases to coincide with hotfixes. While we understand that these are difficult to produce and require extensive testing on your part. However producing either MSP’s or new MSI’s would have several advantages over the current zip/bat deployment process:
- These can be better automated through tooling such as Powershell Desired State Configuration
- These can be better queried as to the state of the machine through utilities such as Powershell Desired State Configuration or utilities that understand the Windows Installer Database.
- Can perform actions such as insertion into the GAC.
Plus many more advantages that come with being a Windows Installer Package.
It also eases distribution skills required.