Install Windows SoftwareInstalling Software - MSI & EXE Packages


  1. Name the Configuration
  2. Define Configuration
  3. Define Target
  4. Deploy Configuration

 

The Software Installation configuration helps you to install MSI and EXE packages remotely to specific users of several computers of the Windows network from a central location.

Step 1: Name the Configuration

Provide a name and description for the Software Installation Configuration.

Step 2: Define Configuration

You have an option to install either an EXE or an MSI package

Install MSI Package

Select the Installer type as MSI and specify the following values:

 

Parameter

Description

MSI Package Name

This will list all the MSI packages that are available in the Software Repository. Select the MSI that has to be installed.

Operation Type

To specify how the installation should happen. Select any of the following options:

  • Install Completely: Selecting this option will install the application automatically.

  • Advertise: Selecting this option will notify the user about the availability of the software. Thy can choose whether to install the software or not.

  • Remove: Selecting this option remove (uninstall) the application from the system

Install as

The user as whom the MSI has to be installed.

System User: Default system user privilege

Run as User: User Account with specific privilege

Target User: User privilege to whom the package is deployed

Copy

You have an option to copy the installables to the client machines before installing them. Select the required option:

  • None: Selecting this option will not copy the installation files.

  • Copy file to client machines: Will copy the exe or the msi file alone as specified in the software package to the client machines.

  • Copy folder to client machines: Will copy the entire directory that has the installation file to the client machines.

Copy option will be mandatory, when the network share requires a user credential to access and when you opt to install the software as a different user using the Run As option. The content copied on the client machines will be removed after the software is installed successfully. If the software installation fails, the copied content will be maintained for trouble shooting purpose.

 

Click Add More Packages to install/uninstall additional software.

 

Note:You can also uninstall a previous version of the software either by running a pre-installation script (should be specified while creating a package) or by selecting the Operation Type as Remove. In the latter case, you need to add two packages, one to remove the older version and the other to install the new version.

 

Specify the Scheduler details for installing the software:

 

Parameter

Description

Schedule Time to Perform the Operation

Select his option and specify the data and time after which the installation should begin. It may be noted that the installation/uninstallation will still be based on the Operation Type & Installation / Uninstallation Option selected, but this will begin after the time specified here.

 

 

Specify the Deployment Settings for the software:

 

If you have defined Deployment Templates, you can load the Deployment Settings directly from a template by selecting the required template from the list.

 

Parameter

Description

Installation / Uninstallation Option

Specify whether the installation/uninstallation should happen during or after system startup:

  • During startup: Select this option if the software has to be installed/uninstalled during computer startup.

  • After startup: Select this option if the software has to be installed/uninstalled after the computer startup when the next GP update happens (within 90 minutes)

  • During or After Startup: Either of the above, whichever is earlier

Install Between

 

If you want the installation to happen only between a specified time of a day, you can specify the Start and End time within which the deployment should begin. The Start Time can also be greater than the End time - in such cases the End time is assumed to be on the following day. For example, if you wish the deployment should happen between 10.00 PM and 4.00 AM, you can specify the Start Time as 22:00:00 and End Time as 04:00:00

 

Allow Users to Skip Deployment

 

Specify whether the use can skip the deployment at a later time by selecting the "Allow Users to Skip Deployment". When you do not select this option, the deployment will be forced and the user will not have any control on the deployment. When you allow users to skip deployment, you can also specify whether they can skip it as long as they wish or force deployment after a specific date.

 

Reboot Policy

  • Do not reboot: Select this option if the client computers should not be rebooted after installing the software.

  • Force Reboot when the user has logged in: Select this option to force the user to reboot the computer. Specify the time within which the client machines will be rebooted and the message that has to displayed in the client machines.

  • Force Shutdown when the user has logged in: Select this option to force the user to shutdown the computer. Specify the time within which the client machines will be shutdown and the message that has to be displayed in the client machines. This option is applicable if the computer is turned on and even if there is no logged on user, the computer will get restarted after the specified time.

  • Allow user to skip Reboot: Select this option to allow users to reboot later. Specify the message that has to be displayed in the client machines.

  • Allow user to skip Shutdown:Select this option to allow users to shutdown later. Specify the message that has to be displayed in the client machines.

Install EXE Packages

Select the Installer type as EXE and specify the following values:

 

Parameter

Description

EXE Package Name

This will list all the EXE packages that are available in the Software Repository. Select the EXE that has to be installed.

Operation Type

To specify how the installation should happen. Select any of the following options:

  • Install Completely: Selecting this option will install the application automatically.

  • Advertise: Selecting this option will notify the user about the availability of the software. Thy can choose whether to install the software or not.

  • Remove: Selecting this option remove (uninstall) the application from the system

Install as

The user as whom the EXE has to be installed.

System User: Default system user privilege

Run as User: User Account with specific privilege

Target User: User privilege to whom the package is deployed

Copy

You have an option to copy the installables to the client machines before installing them. Select the required option:

  • None: Selecting this option will not copy the installation files.

  • Copy file to client machines: Will copy the exe or the msi file alone as specified in the software package to the client machines.

  • Copy folder to client machines: Will copy the entire directory that has the installation file to the client machines.

Copy option will be mandatory, when the network share requires a user credential to access and when you opt to install the software as a different user using the Run As option.

 

 

Click Add More Packages to install/uninstall additional software.

 

Note:You can also uninstall a previous version of the software either by running a pre-installation script (should be specified while creating a package) or by selecting the Operation Type as Remove. In the latter case, you need to add two packages, one to remove the older version and the other to install the new version.

 

Specify the Scheduler details for installing the software:

 

Parameter

Description

Installation / Uninstallation Option

Specify whether the installation/uninstallation should happen during or after user login:

  • During Login: Select this option if the software has to be installed/uninstalled during the user login.

  • After Login: Select this option if the software has to be installed/uninstalled after the user login but within 90 minutes.

  • During or After Login: Either of the above, whichever is earlier

Schedule Time to Perform the Operation

Select his option and specify the data and time after which the installation should begin. It may be noted that the installation/uninstallation will still be based on the Operation Type selected, but this will begin after the time specified here.

Reboot Policy

  • Do not reboot: Select this option if the client computers should not be rebooted after installing the software.

  • Force Reboot when the user has logged in: Select this option to force the user to reboot the computer. Specify the time within which the client machines will be rebooted and the message that has to displayed in the client machines.

  • Force Shutdown when the user has logged in: Select this option to force the user to shutdown the computer. Specify the time within which the client machines will be shutdown and the message that has to displayed in the client machines.

  • Allow user to skip Reboot: Select this option to allow users to reboot later. Specify the message that has to displayed in the client machines.

  • Allow user to skip Shutdown:Select this option to allow users to shutdown later. Specify the message that has to displayed in the client machines.

 

 

Step 3: Define Target

Using  the Defining Targets procedure, define the targets for deploying the Windows Installer Configuration.

Step 4: Deploy Configuration

Click the Deploy button to deploy the defined Windows Installer Configuration in the defined targets. The software installation for the selected targets will happen as scheduled.

 

To save the configuration as draft, click Save as Draft.

 

See Also: Managing Configurations and Collections, Viewing Configuration Reports, Defining Targets

 

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