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Installatron is now beta testing on Windows

Discussion in 'Plesk for Windows - 8.x and Older' started by l0rdphi1, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. l0rdphi1

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    Hello!

    The Installatron team has completed our internal testing phase of the new Plesk for Windows version of Installatron. At this time we're ready to open up testing to a wider range of systems.

    Installatron gives you and your users the ability to install and upgrade a growing collection of web scripts at the click of a button. Developed as a true multi-platform auto-installer system, Installatron is the most feature rich and comprehensive auto-installer available for Plesk. To view some of our spotlight features, check this page:

    http://installatron.com/features

    If you would like to give our Plesk for Windows version a try on your server, simply download and install:

    http://installatron.com/install_pleskwindows

    We'll be interested hearing any feedback:

    https://secure.installatron.com/tickets

    Once this beta testing period has completed, we'll make an official announcement of the availability of the non-beta version.

    Thank you,
    Phil from Installatron
     
  2. wsani

    wsani Silver Pleskian

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    Two questions:

    1. Why not for Linux version?
    2. Why not include the Windows scripts, for example DNN, CS, etc. that's what really adds value to a windows installer, not just the PHP open source scripts.
     
  3. l0rdphi1

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your interest!

    We've actually supported the Linux version of Plesk for some time now. The new Windows version is essentially an extension of the Linux version.

    Regarding additional scripts, Installatron's open installer format does support Microsoft ASP scripts, so that's something we plan to look at. We'll evaluate each and work out which will bring the most value to our official set of installers.

    Cheers,
    Phil.
     
  4. wsani

    wsani Silver Pleskian

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    One other suggestion. If you can get your installer to work with http://www.apsstandard.com/, then you're going to see a huge increase in sales. There are a lot of Parallels customers (including me) that would love to stop paying them the extra fees for their app vault.

    Something to think about...
     
  5. l0rdphi1

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    Hi,

    We're considering adding support for that installer format. We do have concerns about the frequency those installers are updated, their upgradability, etc. With our official set of installers we have a very fine level of control over their quality. Nonetheless, it's something we're considering.

    Cheers,
    Phil.
     
  6. Amin Taheri

    Amin Taheri Golden Pleskian Plesk Certified Professional

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    Phil,

    How does this differ from the Plesk 9.0 application vault where it allows the installation and upgrades of the application vault and installed applications ?

    I can see the benifit when compared to Plesk 8.x but in the new 9.0 series, how does your product benifit the end user, and how does it differ from the now included app vault improvements?
     
  7. l0rdphi1

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    Hi,

    Plesk 9 beta allows application packages to be browsed and enabled directly from the Plesk administration screen. After the admin makes a selection, the application packages are downloaded and made available. This is a huge improvement over Plesk 8's method of requiring the admin to manually upload application packages to the server. Plesk 9 beta also allows the application packages to be restricted on a per-user basis.

    With Installatron we streamline this process by automatically downloading our premier collection of application packages while the Installatron client software is being installed. We've also long-supported the ability to limit application packages on a per-user basis; limits can be created for any Reseller, Client, Domain or group thereof.

    One of the most important things to look at in an auto-installer is frequency of application updates. We're regularly updating Installatron's application packages as new versions are released, with preference given to critical security releases and the most popular applications. Updated Installatron application packages are automatically downloaded each night by a crontab process. By comparison, Application Vault's frequency of updates is a little disappointing and far from straightforward. For example, the current version of phpBB is "3.0.0." That version of phpBB was released in December of 2007.

    This leads into installed application upgrading. Installatron's frequency of updates ensures the latest security patches and new versions are available to be deployed to existing installs in a timely fashion. I wasn't able to test upgrading in Application Vault because "not available" shows up for all my test cases. However, even assuming upgrading is available for the majority of Application Vault applications, the frequency of Application Vault updates needs to considered.

    Some other features Installatron has that we couldn't find in Application Vault:

    - Users can create and restore snapshots/backups of installed applications at any time.

    - Installatron will offer to create a backup prior to upgrading an installed application so that the upgrade can be reverted if something doesn't work out.

    - Users can import existing manual installs into the Installatron system for easy backups and upgrading.

    - Supports root-directory and password-protected-directory installs.

    - Helps keep installs secure and up-to-date by allowing the admin to mass-upgrade user installs.

    - Completely brandable UI and other Theming/Localization options.

    - Costs much less than Application Vault.

    Plus we're constantly working on improving Installatron. If there's something you'd like to see us do, we'd be happy to listen.

    Our full features list is here:

    http://installatron.com/features

    Cheers,
    Phil.
     
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