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    Best way to distribute new software to existing computers?

    Hi guys,

    Just wondering what the best way to distribute new software to existing computers is? We have one room with 30 fat clients in and recently had to install a new piece of software.

    We ended up spending half a day installing manually on all workstations.

    What would be the best way to distribute software to these computers?

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    an MSI package, which can be distributed by group policy

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    depends on the software - some (such as many antivirus programs) have theri own remote installer

    here are some options -

    1. thinapp it and keep it on a server - then give the PC's or users a shortcut to the thinapp
    2. msi via GPO as above
    3. use a 3rd party software distribution tool - free tools exist such as wpkg (wpkgexpress adds a web interface) - there are lots of commercial options - I use Specops Deploy..
    4. write a batch file to install the application and then execute that on each workstation with something like PsExec See here
    5. If you have classroom control software - logon all the machines with that then execute the installer from the teachers console..

    Hope that helps..

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    forgot -

    6. virtual applications - several offerings here - MS have their own way of doing it, which may be cheap or included in your MS licensing deal.. others include those from Citrix, 2X and probably a quite a few more..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    an MSI package, which can be distributed by group policy
    Some - not all apps come with these - but MSI's are easily creatable using some third party software if the program only comes with .exe's. Personally I use WininstallerLE and havn't had a problem with it.

    Toby

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    Thanks guys. I'll look into some of these over the coming days. Appreciate it.

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    What application is it? I might have a script handy for it.

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    No specific app. Over half term posisbly looking to change our deployment method as the current one is old and barely works so I'm just brainstorming at the moment really.

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    Allot of apps can use sent out using a batch file. I will upload some templates shortly.

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    Have a look at camyeo application virtulisation.

    Ben

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    An MSI package ideally. To be honest tho, most of the educational software I've come across can easily be installed to a machine, copied up to a network share and then ran with no real problems from the share. It's very rare that I actually have to sit and install software to machines directly. The only real disadvantage of this method is that file type associations don't apply, tho I'm sure given time I could come up with the registry changes required

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    MSI via SMS / SCCM.

    There are plenty of "free" packaging applications around, although be selective over what you package and deploy, for example, SMART software and associated galleries are huge.

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    I keep a colony of ants, each of which can carry a piece of paper marked with "0" or "1" in its mandibles, then lay a trail of sugar to each PC - its quite slow, but like the internet, is hard to disrupt as the ants see disruption to the data as a threat and ATTACK!

    Now enough of this light hearted shilly-shally, I've got a white cat to stroke and a world to take over....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    I keep a colony of ants,
    Ah!... the very reliable IPoH method (IP over Hymenoptera)... personally I favour woodlice as they have an active packet defence system. But it does tend to be a little slow.

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