Deploying new installation items

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Deploying new installation items can be done as follows:

First of all, the two things must be determined:

  1. Naming the item
  2. Automated (unattended) installation


1. Naming

Determining the name of an application is one of the most important things when adding a new installation item. Note that the installation item will probably be updated in the future before it will be removed. The name of the installation item makes it unique for the installation list and all running agents.
We think it is a good practice to add at least the name and main version of the installation item when adding a new item to the installation list.

Example

<Application Name> <Application Major Version>

For example: Adobe Reader 9

When this installation component is replaced or updated by a newer version, a new installation item could be called Adobe Reader 10.

Because a new application item will have new source files, it is best to use the same name for the folder or folder that shares the source files on the network.

Example of a source directory

\\ Application_Server \ Applications \ Adobe Reader 9

\\ Application_Server \ Applications \ Adobe Reader 10


2. Automated installation

Determining how a new installation item is installed, repaired and removed is required to ensure successful control over this installation item in your network. Consult the installation manual of the relevant software supplier to see how the application is installed (silently) and how this application will be updated or removed in the future. If the installation item consists of one or more Microsoft Installer files (*.msi), a standard installation cycle string is generated by the Manager when adding this installation item to the installation list.

If the software vendor does not provide information about how the software is installed without supervision, consider scripting or repackaging the software.
When you deploy the software, then make sure that this only happens when a user is logged on and interaction is possible.

These are the points to consider when deploying new installation items.


Added items are not in the Managers console

Make sure you click the Save or Save and Deploy button after adding a new installation and/or computer items to the Manager console. Otherwise, the added items will not be displayed in the console.

If the items are still not displayed, please verify that the following registry key points to the correct decoded list of installation lists (.ild):

Key: HKCU \ SOFTWARE \ ESD5

Value: LastUsedInstallationFile = \\ server \ share \ list.ild

We also advise you to read the user guide.

 


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