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MIS Systems Thread, Best way of allowing Staff to update SIMS? in Technical; One of the pains we have is that when one of the major updates comes out we have to manually ...
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    Best way of allowing Staff to update SIMS?

    One of the pains we have is that when one of the major updates comes out we have to manually go round everyones computer and logon as an admin user and update SIMS manually.

    How are other people getting around this issue at other schools short of making all ends users local admins on workstations?

    We tend to lose half a morning the day after an update just going round manually updating workstations and I was hoping for some advice on a better weay to do it!

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    Custom launcher that uses raised priv to check for updates, but then launches SIMs normally.

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    staff have raised access on teacher workstations, this have only been needed for this and the previous upgrade.
    found that a shortcut had been modified so it would start in the users home dir rather than program files..

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    Do I dare mention SOLUS3?

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    (Windows XP) - Added all staff to the Power Users group. Doesn't give them rights to install anything but does give them enough to update SIMS.

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    Group policy permissions applied to give the users read write access to various locations they need e.g. program files\sims , and even to specific files.
    Works okay on Win7. the only issue we have is that they miss the UAC prompt sometimes - mostly primary who don't use it often. That pops up three times during an upgrade and if they ignore it or press No, then it won't upgrade. otherwise all's good.

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    We have a group that all of the staff are members of and then that group is put into the power users of the computers that have sims on.

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    WIndows 7...

    Admin staff are in the Administrators group and have no SRP applied to them, therefore are able to upgrade their SIMS automatically.

    Teaching staff, on the other hand, are on a lockdown and do have SRP applied to them, nor are they part of the Administrators group. Giving them Full NTFS control permission to the SIMS folder and adding an entry to SRP with %LocalAppData%\Temp\* and \\simsserver\dosapps\* allows them to upgrade SIMS.

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    We have Staff as standard domain users & still using SOLUS 2 they are able to update SIMS successfully themselves.

    Give Staff modify rights on the following:

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    %ProgramFiles%\SIMS\
    %SystemRoot%\Sims.ini
    You can create a computer GPO to do this using the File System security setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    Group policy permissions applied to give the users read write access to various locations they need e.g. program files\sims , and even to specific files.
    Works okay on Win7. the only issue we have is that they miss the UAC prompt sometimes - mostly primary who don't use it often. That pops up three times during an upgrade and if they ignore it or press No, then it won't upgrade. otherwise all's good.
    I think if you add the SIMS server UNC path to the IE Intranet zone that should prevent the popups from occurring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashm View Post
    I think if you add the SIMS server UNC path to the IE Intranet zone that should prevent the popups from occurring.
    - it didn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
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    We do it this way now. Are you using SIMSperm.bat?


    @vikpaw dont you have to add it to the trusted sites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    We do it this way now. Are you using SIMSperm.bat?
    We remove the simsload from their shortcut and just update the application, pushed out via a collection based on the installed SIMS number AND via a supercedance of the old application.

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    what's more trusted than my intranet ?

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