Not free, but the sort of thing your after:
We have been using Group Policy to deploy software here recently with some smaller packages. What I would like to do now is get a piece of management software that will install software on to client machines but do it in the background whilst the computer is being used.
The problem with GP is that it installs the software before a user can log on to the computer therefore making software installations to staff laptops difficult.
Does anyone have any recommendations for software that does this? Preferably free!
Also, not free but very affordable (I think £1 per licence per device?)
IT Managed Services Software | CentraStage
We use it here at the LA to support schools. It's a great piece of software. Major update coming in Jan too...
Remote Software Deployment (Scripting Engine)
CentraStage remote software deployment or scripting engine enables the centralised and automated deployment of software – MSIs and Executables
Administrators simply upload the required remote software deployment application, also known as a scripting engine, into the CentraStage database as a Component, along with any install parameters; the administrator then designates the target devices and schedules a time for the installation, or Job.
We did take a look at WPKG before but were unsuccessful. We just couldn't get it to work. I didn't find their documentation overly helpful. What did you think?
I used to use a system of batch files and psexec. Actually worked fairly well.
Last edited by K.C.Leblanc; 2nd December 2010 at 04:28 PM.
But I suspect you are talking about software push rather than background installs and it really is all in the documentation
"Software push" functionality
WPKG is a client-centred approach to software installation, so it does not support "pushing" software. However, you are free to issue Remote Procedure Calls to clients in order to trigger the start of the WPKG service or even directly the start of the WPKG command
Last edited by sparkeh; 2nd December 2010 at 04:40 PM.
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