Software Deployment

Automated Software Deployment for Enterprises

Distributing Software to all machines in a network can be a daunting task for IT Administrators, especially at large enterprises. With an ever-growing number of endpoints, it is becoming a real challenge to roll out software across organizations. Desktop Central allows you to distribute software packages to all the computers in your network across Windows, Mac and Linux from a central console, without user intervention.

Software Distribution using Desktop Central

Desktop Central comes with a feature-set that has the following advanced options to offer greater flexibility and control over the deployment process:

Software Deployment
  1. Pre-defined application templates: Desktop Central has over 4,500 pre defined application templates, complete with install/uninstall switches which can be used to create packages.
  2. Self Service Portal: Empower users to install applications on their own from the self service portal- publish desired applications to the self service portal and reduce the number of help desk tickets raised.
  3. Pre Deployment activities: Carry out condition checks and apply configurations before installation, to ensure a smooth deployment.
  4. Post Deployment activities: Apply follow-up configurations and run custom scripts, change registry settings, create shortcuts, create/append path, and much more after the installation.
  5. Software Repository: Create and store software packages in a central location. Once saved, these packages can be reused multiple times.
  6. Installation/uninstallation using the same package: Ability to install/uninstall MSI, EXE, MSU, APPX and MSP applications.
  7. Schedule deployment: Install applications on the desired day/date/time, within a preset time window.
  8. Install applications as a user: Provision to install the application as a specific user using "Run As" option.

"Run As" option

Desktop Central supports installing or uninstalling the application as a specific user. For example, if the application has to be installed with administrator privileges, the Run As field should have the username who has administrative privileges in all the client computers.

"Copy" option

Desktop Central supports copying the necessary installables to the client computers before installing or uninstalling the applications. This is optional and when selected will speedup the installation/uninstallation process.

Scheduled Deployment

Options to schedule Software Deployment give administrators the flexibility to choose the ideal time for software installation; such that the end user is least disturbed. The time of Software Distribution can be decided by taking into account various factors including CPU Utilization percentage on local machines or the Network Bandwidth expenses at regular office hours, etc. Scheduling software distribution at off-hours helps bring desired results in terms of cost as well as performance.

Install/Uninstall Applications using Desktop Central

Using Desktop Central, administrators can install/uninstall MSI/EXE/ISS applications. All the three application types can be installed in the silent mode without having any intervention from the end user. For instance, Desktop Central hosts 35 pre-defined EXE based applications with silent installation options that can be installed on a set of specific computers or users. Likewise the InstallShield EXE files can also be installed silently by recording the inputs in the file (ISS) using a single computer, to be used later for Software Distribution.

Desktop Central has worked very well for us. We use the Software Deployment feature very often to roll out remote software installations to multiple computers. It has saved us a lot of time and effort. The support is outstanding, technicians will quickly diagnose the problem and the few times I required a patch it was available next day. Really GREAT!
Michel Sargentini, Certis Europe B.V.