Deploying Software to Remote Computer

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rezt0ne

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Hi, have started a new job and my first job was 2 run around 40 odd computers installing a program, now my computer skills are quite good but problem is i have little experience with networks, and am almost certain there is a way to install this program (.exe) on a remote computer without having to be in front of remote computer or having to have installed a client on the machine first. its quite a simple program to install and has a silent switch for network install but im bit out of my depth. Have been lookin at windows SMS but seems a bit overkill for the job at hand. any recommendations?? all computers are windows 2k.

thanks if you can help, ta
 
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Do all 40 computers have the access to the network share where this program is located? Are they all on a single domain? Do the users have local admin rights? If they do then all you need to do is setup a simple batch file to be something like this -

@echo off
set netshare=\\server\share
echo Please Wait while the application installs. Do not close this box untill the install is completed.
start %netshare%\application.exe /s (or silent switch letter)
echo Install has completed please press any key to continue.
pause

basically its using dos and will kick off the install and since it has a silent switch there will be no user prompt. of course this will not get around any manual config that may need to be done to the app afterwards.

Of course most of those config items are kept in ini's and registry files so you can always hack em out of a current install and add them into your batch processing to add in reg files and copy over ini's

Oh yeah and about SMS it also has alot of flaws too it. If your looking into mass deployment you may want to look at something like Marimba or something that does not require the PC to be on when you put the push out there. We had tons of problems with our SMS clients especially with Laptop users. Marimba is nicer as the minute you connect to the network you get the updates you need. I am sure there are others out there besides Marimba but these are the types i have used.
 

rezt0ne

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Yeah i have made up a .bat file that starts the install from network share with silent switch already but am more concerned with deployment to each computer, theres bout 150 computers on the domain and only 40 need the software. am just experimenting with a few msi creators to try it that way, will let u know.... oh yeah no users have local admin rights except sys admins. its a school so the teachers are as untrust worthy as the pupils..
 

rezt0ne

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I was being extremely stupid, ive probably seen the scheduled tasks folder about a million times a day and never took the time to check it out. works like a dream.
 
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