8 Replies Latest reply on Apr 28, 2009 10:29 AM by ahe

    Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer

    Specialist

      I am attempting my first application deployment, and I need some suggestions on which delivery method I should use.  If you could please be as detailed as possible, as I am still learning all of these options.

       

      I have 9 sites around the country all with preferred servers (NO HTTP) and the package has already been replicated to each site.  The software is not critical, but is mandatory.  The package is only about 8mb so it's not too big.  I would like to push it out to one site at a time, I assume I can do that by a query of some sort, so really it just comes down to which delivery method to use.

       

       

       

      Thanks,

      Chris

        • 1. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
          zman Master

          So you can either use:

           

          • PSP - Policy Supported Push - Required Once.
          • Required Policy - Required Once
          • Custom Vulnerability - Autofix.
          • If you are provisioning, you can make the install a part of the post imaging process.  This will get all the newly imaged machines, but will not get the machines in the field.

           

          Either one will work. PSP may be the fastest since it is push then a policy.  Required policy is a PSP without the initial push.  IMO I would use a PSP required once.

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          • 2. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
            Specialist

            Zman... Thanks!

             

            My concern with using PSP is, can it be controlled by a query?  What I mean is if I understand the way the Policy portion of the client works, is that if the client detects a new policy it will follow that, thus making a query to install at specific sites at specific times, a null point.

             

            Am I incorrect?  If the query overrides that, that'd be great, just never tried.

             

            Thanks,

            Chris

            • 3. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
              Employee

              Is the concern is to prevent a client who was at site A from getting the package later on when they move to site B? There is a window of exposure there, if the client is at site A during the start of the task but does not receive the package during the push.

               

              The other thing I tell everyone is to make sure you don't let a software delivery method reboot, it's a lot less friendly than the vulscan.exe reboot.

              • 4. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
                zman Master

                Everything listed above can be controlled by queries (target/prereq) queries, well not vulscan if you use autofix.  So if you want to install software at a specific times and sites, you will will have to create multiple scheduled tasks with multiple target queries.  That is the only way you are going to get that granularity.  A scheduled task will install to the whatever target query is associated with the task - barring any prereq query.

                 

                So say you have site A,B,C. Site A goes on Sat at 6:00 p.m, Site B foes Sunday at 1:00 p.m and Site C  goes on Monday at 4:00 a.m. You will need three separate seperate tasks with three separate target queries for the sites (this can be by subnet, OU, or other ways to segregate the machines at each site).  I've tried using one scheduled tasks and canceling it and adding other targets and restarting it at a designated times, but I've had some issues with it. Also separating the pushes allows you more control. Say you have to cancel the installation only for site b and not c.

                • 5. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
                  Specialist

                  Yes, that is a somewhat a concern.  Just because I haven't had the chance to do this yet, and not sure exactly how it's going to turn out.  Last thing I want to do is break 1800 machines, when I could push it out to a smaller site using the query.  I am not really worried about machines getting them at a later time after I have already done the initial push, just wanted to make sure that only the site I am focusing on at the time of deployment is the one being affected.

                  • 6. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
                    Specialist

                    zman wrote:

                     

                    Everything listed above can be controlled by queries (target/prereq) queries, well not vulscan if you use autofix.  So if you want to install software at a specific times and sites, you will will have to create multiple scheduled tasks with multiple target queries.  That is the only way you are going to get that granularity.  A scheduled task will install to the whatever target query is associated with the task - barring any prereq query.

                     

                    So say you have site A,B,C. Site A goes on Sat at 6:00 p.m, Site B foes Sunday at 1:00 p.m and Site C  goes on Monday at 4:00 a.m. You will need three separate seperate tasks with three separate target queries for the sites (this can be by subnet, OU, or other ways to segregate the machines at each site).  I've tried using one scheduled tasks and canceling it and adding other targets and restarting it at a designated times, but I've had some issues with it. Also separating the pushes allows you more control. Say you have to cancel the installation only for site b and not c.

                     

                    Exactly what I wanted to see!  Thanks!

                    • 7. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
                      Rookie

                      Hey Chris,

                       

                      I hope you could help me out, I read your post regards to deploying visio 2007 viewer, I have to deploy as well. I wanted to find out was did you created package such as exe, msi and if so what software did you use to create such package. I tried updating from security and patch manager, it does install but am assuming since they are only patches does not create icon,

                      LDMS8.8 w/SP2

                      thank you in advance,

                      • 8. Re: Need some suggestions... Deploy Visio 2007 Viewer
                        ahe Expert

                        Hello Bharat,

                         

                        we've created a own AutoIt script and deploy the result exe. (Before we use batches to do this, but it's easier and more flexible to use AutoIt to create self running exe files, check something with WMI, etc.)

                         

                        Here is a short code fragment...: (no error checks or logging embedded and not tested :-))

                         

                        The Visio sources are packed with 7-zip. The .z-file will be unpacked during installation and then the msi will be installed with parameters...

                         

                        ;######################
                        ;copy installation files.
                        FileInstall("D:\sources\vv2007\7za.exe", $WorkDir, 1)
                        FileInstall("D:\sources\vv2007\vv2007.7z", $WorkDir, 1)
                        ;######################;unpack the zip file with the command line tool from 7-zip
                        RunWait($WorkDir & "7za.exe x -y " & $WorkDir & vv2007.7z & " -o" & $WorkDir, $WorkDir, @SW_HIDE)
                        ;
                        ;######################
                        ;create the installation command line and start the installation
                        $MSI_Name="vv2007\vviewer.msi"
                        $MSI_Param="PATCH=" & $WorkDir & "vv2007\VViewersp1-en-us.msp" & " /qb!"
                        RunWait(@SystemDir & "\msiexec.exe /i " & $WorkDir & $MSI_Name & " " & $MSI_Param, $WorkDir, @SW_HIDE)
                        

                        On http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/downloads.shtml you can download it for free and you can find a great forum.

                         

                        One additional hint: delete your mail account from your post... :-)

                         

                        Again a additional hint:

                        The Visio Viewer is a plugin for Internet Explorer only... If you make a double click on a Visio file, the Internet Explorer will be started.

                        So, no icon will appear...

                         

                         

                         

                        Regards

                        Axel