Application Install/Release tools
I am not aware of any Server-specific installation tools, but I have written installations in both Wise and Install Shield to perform server installations. I believe either of these should be capable of doing most of the tasks you mentioned, such as registering COM objects, etc. Good luck.
The installer projects in Visual Studio .Net seem to be pretty good at doing this sort of thing. And you can include .Net code in the installer to do anything more advanced than what is provided by default.
For the COM+ stuff, just click on the application (package) in Component Services and use the Export menu option.
This sounds like consultantware (ERP). You should send out some highly paid consultants to configure and install this.
I have written an Installation for a server package in InstallShield 7.0. Both the InstallShield Professional 7.0 and latest Wise installer will work. Would you feel more confortable using MSI then use it. Both Wise and InstallShield have MSI Install Systems. Issue is InstallShield use a C/Pascal Like Scripting language and Wise Script appears more VB like. There will be a little over head in learning the scripting langage but will it save time for your developers.
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