Software Installation

Introduction | Software Installation steps | HTTP Repository | Conserve Bandwidth | License Key | Uninstall older version of a software | Check Software | Automate Software Installation | Self Service Portal

Software Installation

Introduction

Administrators are frequently bombarded with numerous software installation requests, and have to validate those requests individually and authorize the software installation. This process can be effortlessly automated using a software deployment tool like Desktop Central. Desktop Central helps administrators address software installation requests from a central location. Additionally, the software installation process can be automated; this is extremely advantageous considering the amount of time and energy saved on large-scale deployments of numerous software.

How to install a software on a user's computer using Desktop Central?

  1. Add the software package in Desktop Central. You can either use the predefined templates available in Desktop Central, or manually upload the software installation files. Skip to step 3 if you're installing software using predefined templates.
  2. When a software package is manually uploaded, it should be configured in Desktop Central. Provide a suitable name for the software package, select the Package Type and the License Type, and locate the software installation files. Enter the silent switch commands if the software installation file is an EXE, and click Add Package. Refer to this document to learn more.
  3. In the Software Deployment tab, select the package and decide whether it's a computer or user configuration. Configure the Deployment Settings by selecting a Deployment Policy. Choose the target and deploy the software configuration. Refer to this document to learn more about defining software configurations.

How can I install the software on a roaming user's computer?

After the software package is created, the remote user should be selected as the target in software configuration. This instructs the agent to access the software installation files from the HTTP Repository. Subsequently, the software is installed on the roaming user's computer silently.

How can I conserve network bandwidth while installing software on my organization's computer?

When a software installation is carried out using Desktop Central, the installation files are accessed either from a Network Share or HTTP Repository where the files are stored. To conserve bandwidth, LAN computers use a Network Share to access the software installation files locally.

How to install a software silently with a License Key using Desktop Central?

While configuring a software package, enter the applicable silent switch commands. Refer this page to view the silent switch commands for various software. Subsequently, the software License Key can be appended along with the silent switch command. This essentially installs licensed software silently on target computers.

How can I uninstall the previous version of software and install the latest version of the same software?

This is a scenario often faced by administrators. The older version of software prevents the installation of the latest software. To uninstall the older version of the software, the administrator should configure the Uninstall Software pre-deployment activity in the software package. If the older version of the software is installed on the target computer, it will be uninstalled, and the latest version of the software will be installed successively.

How can I check if software is already installed on a target computer?

While configuring a software package, the Check Software pre-deployment activity should be added. If the software is already installed on the target computers, the software installation will be skipped.

How can I automate software installation process?

While defining the software configuration, users can choose the target and the applicable deployment policy.

  • In deployment policy, the time and the frequency of the software installation can be chosen. Learn more.
  • In the target section, a particular custom group can be chosen. Whenever a new computer or user is added to the group, the software will automatically be installed on the computer or user respectively. Learn more.

How can I handle open-source software installation requests?

Using the Self Service Portal in Desktop Central, users can easily install open-source software. Additionally, users can directly raise software installation requests through the Self Service Portal for licensed software. This drastically reduces the number of software installation requests administrators need to attend to.