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CorelDRAW X5 Network Deployment Guide - Chapter 5 and Chapter 6

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Chapter 5: Pulling the software to the workstations

After you create a server image of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 that meets the needs of your organization (see Chapter 3), you are ready to deploy the software to the workstations.

This chapter shows you how to empower users to install (or pull ) the software to their own workstations. For information on using third-party technologies to push the software to the workstations on the users behalf, see Chapter 6.

This chapter answers the following questions:

How can I best prepare for pull installation?

How do users pull the software?


How can I best prepare for pull installation?

Before users can pull the software to their workstations, you must do the following:

Make sure that each workstation meets the minimum requirements for the software (see page 11).

Make sure that each workstation user has administrator-level access to the workstation and read-only access to the server image (see page 12).

Properly configure any Group Policy Objects that you want to use to deploy the software (see page 65).

In addition, it is highly recommended that workstation users map to the server image and set their workstations to log in to that server location at startup. Performing this step ensures that users are always connected to the server image.

It is also recommended that you verify that all workstations are running the latest version of Microsoft Windows Installer.


How do users pull the software?

Users pull the software to their workstations by initiating the setup for the server image.

The degree of user interaction required by the setup depends on how you've customized the server image and the deployment process. The following procedure describes how to pull a default installation to a workstation.

To pull CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 to a workstation:

1 Browse to the location of the server image.

2 Double-click 'Setup.ex'e.

If prompted, choose the installation language from the list box.

If the Minimum system requirements dialog box appears, click Continue to confirm that you are aware of the recommended minimum system requirements for the product.

3 Read the license agreement in its entirety. To agree to its terms and continue the installation, enable the 'I accept the terms in the license agreement check box, and click Ne'xt.

4 Type your user name, and click Next.

5 Click Typical installation to install the software by using the default settings for the server image, or click Custom installation to modify the installation by taking the additional steps that follow.

6 On the Programs page, specify the applications and application features that you want to install by doing the following:

Disable the check boxes that correspond to any applications that you do not want to install.

In the Includes list for each application, disable the check boxes that correspond to any application features that you do not want to install.

On the Features page, specify the features and subfeatures that you want to install by doing the following:

Enable the check boxes that correspond to any features that you want to install.

In the Includes list for each feature, enable the check boxes that correspond to any subfeatures that you want to install.

On the Options page, do any of the following:

Specify whereto install the software. To change the default location, click Change and browse to the desired location. (NOTE: The destination path is limited to 90 characters.)

Disable the Allow product updates checkbox if you do not want the software to detect and download product updates.

Enable the Install desktop shortcuts check box if you want application shortcuts to appear on your desktop.

Disable the Copy installation files checkbox if you do not want to use a local copy of the installation files, rather than the installation disc, to maintain your software.

Review your settings.

10 Click Install now to begin copying the files to the workstation.

 

Chapter 6: Pushing the software to the workstations

For best results in deploying CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 to your workstations, it is recommended that you have the users themselves install (or pull ) the software (as explained in Chapter 5).

However, it is possible to push the software from the server image to the workstations by using one of the following:

a batch file , which can be set to run any command line that you build by following the instructions in Chapter 4

a Group Policy Object, which can beset up by following the instructions in the section Can I deploy the software by using a Group Policy Object? on page 65

a third-party push technology, three of which are covered in this chapter

For many administrators, using a third-party push technology is the preferred push method. Although not every push technology can be addressed in this guide, nor can any third-party product be thoroughly tested and documented by Corel, the information in this chapter should get you started on choosing the best push method for your organization.

This chapter answers the following questions:

How do I deploy the software

with Microsoft Systems Management Server?

How do I deploy the software with IntelliMirror?
How do I deploy the software with Novell ZENworks Desktop Management?


How do I deploy the software with Microsoft Systems Management Server?

For deployment to the workstations on a per-system basis through the use of package definition (SMS) files (or packages ), CorelDRAW Graphics SuiteX5 supports the use of Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003. A package stores the information needed to deploy the software, while an advertisement uses that package to carry out the deployment.

This section explains the basics of creating packages and advertisements. For more detailed help, refer to your resource kit for Microsoft Systems Management Server. You may also want to follow the recommendations posted on the Microsoft Web site; however, these instructions have not been tested with CorelDRAW Graphics SuiteX5 and should be used at your discretion.


How do I create a package with Microsoft Systems Management Server?

Microsoft Systems Management Server lets you create a package from an existing SMS file for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5, to provide users with full interaction with the setup by using theSetup.exe file.

Alternatively, you can create a package without using an existing SMS file.

To create a package byusing an existing SMS file

1 In the SMS Administrator Console, click to choose a database, and then open its tree.

2 In the database tree, click 'Package's.

3 Click Action >New > Package from definition.

A wizard appears.

4 In the Package definition window, click Browse , navigate to

the cdg15\ In the Source files window, enable the Always obtain files from a source directory option.

5 In the Source directory window, enable the Network path (UNC name) option, and click Browse to choose the root folder of the server image.

6 When prompted, review your choices, and then click Finish.

The package is created; it is now displayed in the tree under 'Package's.

In the Packages tree, click the package you created, and make sure that you have set a distribution point for it.

In the Packages tree, click the package you created, click Action > New > Program ,and set up the package for automated minimum installation.

Enter the relevant information.

On the General page, the command-line Setup.exe appears by default. In the Start in box, type either the UNC path or the drive path of the location on the server where the source files will be found: for example, \\server \ path ..

Set the security.

When you click OK, the program is created. You are now ready to create an advertisement from the package.

To create a package without using an existing SMS file

1 In the SMS Administrator Console, click to choose a database, and then open its tree.

2 In the database tree, click 'Package's.

3 Click Action > New > Package.

A dialog box appears, allowing you to add your information about the distribution package.

4 On the General page, enter the required data.

5 On the Data source page, if you want to choose a source, enable the

This package contains source files checkbox and set the source folder.

6 On the Data access page, set your distribution points.

Enter any other data you want, and click OK.

The package is created; it is now displayed in the tree under 'Package's.

In the Packages tree, click the package you ve created, and then open its tree.

Click Action > New > Program.

10 Enter the relevant information.

On the General page, be sure to enter the desired command line in the Command line box. For information on assembling command lines, see Chapter 4.

Set the security.

When you click OK, the program is created. You are now ready to create an advertisement from the package.


How do I create an advertisement?

After you have created your package, you must create an advertisement for it so that you can deploy the software to the workstations with the settings specified in the package.

Deploying the advertisement is handled by the SMS server.

To create an advertisement

1 In the SMS Administrator Console, click Advertisements in the tree, and then click Action > New > Advertisement.

2 On the General page, enter the required data.

3 On the Schedule and Security pages, enter any required data, and then click OK.

The advertisement is created.


How do I deploy the software with IntelliMirror?

For deployment to the workstations, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 supports the use of the IntelliMirror technology, which is part of the Windows Server 2003 operating system.

To make deployment with IntelliMirror as easy as possible, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 provides a ZAP file, which contains the software-installation settings required by Microsoft Windows Installer. You can find this ZAP file on the CorelDRAW Graphics SuiteX5 DVD at 'Setup \CGS15 \ Administrator, or on the server image at cdg15\ administrat'or.

For complete details on using IntelliMirror, see the Microsoft Web site.


How do I deploy the software with Novell ZENworks Desktop Management?

For deployment to the workstations, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 supports the use of Novell ZENworks Desktop Management. In previous versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, this process involved creating a package from the Setup.exe file and then deploying that package to the workstations. However, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 adds support for creating packages from the Setup.msi file. For more information, see Can I deploy the software by using the msiexec.exe file? on page 63.

For best results when deploying the software by using Novell ZENworks Desktop Management, do the following:

In Novell ZENworks Desktop Management, set the package to display the full user-interface level. If you want to customize the user-interface level of the installation, you must apply theCHAINER_CMD public property to Setup.msi. For more information, see How do I use the msiexec.exe file in deployment scenarios? on page 64.

If you are providing more than one package, give each one a descriptive name so that users can easily choose the one they want.

Make sure that the workstations have enough hard disk space to store the installation and its future updates.

Make sure that the workstations are not running virus checkers or any other applications that may interfere with the setup.

Make sure that the workstations are using the latest versions of Microsoft Windows Installer.

For complete details on using Novell ZENworks Desktop Management, consult its product documentation, or see the Novell Web site.


Next: CorelDRAW X5 Network Deployment Guide - Chapter 7 Maintaining the software

 

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