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CorelDraw Technical Suite X6 Deployment Guide Part 4

Stage 4: Maintaining the installations

An important part of administering a network is maintaining the software installed on its workstations.

Repairing the software
Repairing the software lets you install (or reinstall) missing (or corrupted) components. You can repair a single installation of the software by using the Windows Control Panel on that workstation, or you can repair multiple workstation installations by using a command line.

Repairing a single installation
You can use the Windows Control Panel to repair a single installation.
To repair an installation with the Windows Control Panel

  1. In the Windows Control Panel, display the list of currently installed programs, and choose the program from the list.
  2. Click Uninstall/Change (for Windows 8 and Windows 7) or Change/ Remove (for Windows XP).
  3. Enable the Repair option, and then click Repair.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.


Repairing multiple installations
You can use a command line to repair multiple installations at a time.
/f Basic repair
Use the /f switch with the Setup.exe file on the server image:
\\server\path\Setup.exe /f
You cannot use the /f switch with public properties. For greater control over the repair process, use the REINSTALL and REINSTALLMODE properties instead of /f.
The /f switch has the following parameters.

Parameter
p
Reinstalls missing files

o
Reinstalls missing files and files older than current version

e
Reinstalls missing files and files equal to or older than current version

d
Reinstalls missing files and files different from current version

a
Reinstalls all files

u
Reinstalls all required user-specific registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_USERS

m
Reinstalls all required computer-specific registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

s
Reinstalls all existing shortcuts

v
Runs from the source files and re-caches the local package

The default parameters for /f are oums.

REINSTALL and REINSTALLMODE
Advanced repair
For greater control over how the software is repaired, use the REINSTALL and REINSTALLMODE public properties together.

Property
REINSTALL=ALL
Reinstalls all program features. If you prefer to reinstall only specific features (see page 24 for a list), use the following syntax: REINSTALL=Feature

REINSTALLMODE=type
Specifies the type of reinstallation to perform. The values for this property are the same as the parameters for the /f switch, so its default values are oums.

Modifying the software
Modifying the software lets you change which program features are installed. You can modify a single installation of the software by using the Windows Control Panel on that workstation, or you can modify multiple workstation installations by using a command line.

Modifying a single installation
You can use the Windows Control Panel to modify a single installation.
To modify an installation with the Windows Control Panel

  1. In the Windows Control Panel, display the list of currently installed programs, and choose the program from the list.
  2. Click Uninstall/Change (for Windows 8 and Windows 7) or Change/ Remove (for Windows XP).
  3. Enable the Modify option, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the instructions that appear.


Modifying multiple installations
You can use a command line to modify multiple installations at a time.

ADDLOCAL
Adding features
You can use the ADDLOCAL public property to add program features: ADDLOCAL=Feature
For more than one feature, use a comma-separated list: ADDLOCAL=Feature1,Feature2

REMOVE
Removing features
You can use the REMOVE public property to remove a program feature: REMOVE=Feature
For more than one feature, use a comma-separated list: REMOVE=Feature1, Feature2

Updating the software
Corel periodically releases Microsoft patch (MSP) filesor patchesfor its products. Installing patches helps keep the software up-to-date.
In this guide, Patch.exe is a placeholder for the filename of the patch. The actual filename varies with each patch.

Locating patches
Many network administrators keep their software up-to-date by monitoring the Corel Support Services website (www.corel.com/support). When a patch is made available, these administrators download it and carry out the patching process themselves. In this guide, \\server\path\Patch.exe is a placeholder for the location and filename of the downloaded patch.
If you prefer to have workstation users patch the software for themselves, you can set up the server image to enable the automatic detection of available patches.

Applying patches

After locating and downloading a patch, you can apply it to the server image and then use the updated image to patch the installed software.

Corel will provide patches for any updates to XVL Studio 3D Corel Edition and XVL Player, which is included with CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6.

However, the process of applying an XVL Studio 3D Corel Edition patch to the server image may differ from the process described here. For guidance, please refer to the patch notes.

Image patching
You can apply a patch to the server image. Optionally, you can begin by extracting the patch files to a specified location.

To extract the patch files to a specified location
To extract the patch files to a specified location (instead of the default Temp folder), use the following command-line syntax:
\\server\path\Patch.exe /extract_all "location"

Be sure to apply all extracted patch files to the server image. Applying only some of the patch files may cause the installations to function incorrectly.
To apply the patch files to the server image
Use a command line that includes the executable file for the patch and the /a switch:
\\server\path\Patch.exe /a
If necessary, you can include the location of the server image:
\\server\path\Patch.exe /a
"\\server\path\Setup.exe"

Workstation patching
After patching the server image, you can deploy the update to the workstations.
To patch the workstations
Use the following command-line syntax:
\\server\path\Setup.exe REINSTALL=ALL
By default, the REINSTALLMODE=oums property is applied. For best results, you may want to specify REINSTALLMODE=vdm:
\\server\path\Setup.exe REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=vdm
For details on REINSTALL (and REINSTALLMODE ), see page 18.
To silently patch the workstations
Use the following command line:
\\server\path\Setup.exe REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=vdm /qn

Removing the software
You can remove the software from your network. Uninstalling the software cleanly is crucial when the time comes to upgrade to a newer version.

Image removal
You cannot automate the removal of a server image. Instead, you must manually delete the image from the server.
For best results with deleting an image, begin by doing the following:
Make sure that the programs to be removedand their associated filesare not currently in use on the workstations.
If you are using Windows Terminal Server, make sure that all users are logged off.
The only way to recover a deleted server image is to re-create it by rerunning the setup.

Workstation removal
You can remove a single installation of the software by using the Windows Control Panel on that workstation, or you can remove multiple workstation installations by using a command line.

Removing a single installation
You can use the Windows Control Panel to remove a single installation.
To remove an installation with the Windows Control Panel

  1. In the Windows Control Panel, display the list of currently installed programs, and choose the program from the list.
  2. Click Uninstall/Change (for Windows 8 and Windows 7) or Change/ Remove (for Windows XP).
  3. Enable the Remove option.
  4. If you want to remove user files (such as presets, user-created fills, and customized files), enable the Remove user files check box.
  5. Click Remove.


Removing multiple installations
You can use a command line to remove multiple installations at a time.

/x
Basic removal
You can use the /x switch (or the /uninstall switch) to silently remove the software:
\\server\path\Setup.exe /x
If you want to silently remove CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 but not XVL Studio 3D Corel Edition and XVL Player, use the following syntax:
\\server\path\Setup.exe /x DO_NOT_REMOVE_XVL=1

REMOVE and REMOVEUSERFILES
Advanced removal
If you want more control over the removal process, use the following two public properties.

Property
REMOVE=ALL
Removes all features

REMOVEUSERFILES=value
Specifies whether to remove user files:

  • 0no
  • 1yes


Troubleshooting the software
For help troubleshooting any issues with the software, please visit the Corel Knowledge Base (www.corel.com/knowledgebase), an online repository of FAQs and articles.

 

 

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