Automated deployment is the auto-distribution of all packages in a working environment without zero to minimal manual intervention. Distributing software to all machines in a network can be a daunting task for IT Administrators, especially at large enterprises. With an ever-growing number of endpoints, it is becoming a real challenge to roll out software across organizations. Desktop Central allows you to distribute software packages and automate software deployment in all the computers across your network across Windows, Mac and Linux from a central console using an automated deployment tool and without any user intervention.
A deployment automation tool ensures that the distribution of all packages in a working environment are automated. Desktop Central comes with a feature-set that has the following advanced options to offer greater flexibility and control over the automated deployment process:
For deploying applications, you first need to create software packages, which can get tedious. Desktop Central has over 4,500 pre defined application templates, complete with install/uninstall switches which can be used to create packages instantly. This saves time and makes the process of software installation faster and more accurate which helps in automated deployment of software.
One of the most common task of an IT admin is deploying requested applications to users, for which a lot of help desk tickets are raised regularly. These tickets usually take up lot of time and resources to resolve. Using Desktop Central's self service portal, you can empower users to install applications on their own. All you need to do is publish most commonly requested applications to the self service portal and reduce the number of help desk tickets raised significantly by means of automated deployment.
One of the major reasons for software deployment failure is that the target computers don't meet the prerequisites. It can take up a lot of time to figure out the exact issue and then troubleshoot it accordingly. You can perform condition checks and apply configurations before installation with Desktop Central's pre deployment activities, to ensure that the target computers meet all the requirements and have all the configurations set up before you apply any deployment automation tools .
Post deployment activities help you ensure that the application is accessible to user, all the previous versions have been uninstalled, shortcuts have been set up and all the application specific configurations are applied. Desktop Central's post deployment activities allow you to apply follow-up configurations, run custom scripts, change registry settings, create shortcuts, create/append path, and much more after the installation. Learn more about software deployment methods and strategies.
All the software packages which are created using Desktop Central's automated software deployment tool are stored in a central Software Repository. Once saved, these packages can be reused multiple times. There are two types of software repositories available in Desktop Central: Network Share Repository and HTTP Repository. Network Share repository is used while deploying software packages to LAN agents and HTTP repository is required for deploying software packages to WAN agents.
Creating different packages for installing or uninstalling the same application can get tedious. In Desktop Central, once you create a package, it can be used to perform both the operations for MSI, EXE, MSU, APPX and MSP applications.
Downloading the software packages and running the executables takes up a lot of processor's resources, which may lead to reduced performance while deployment and hence loss of productivity for employees. To prevent this, you can deploy software packages within a suitable time interval by configuring a deployment policy for an automated deployment. By leveraging these deployment automation tools, you can install applications on the desired day/date/time, within a preset time window. Scheduling software deployment via automated deployment tools at off-hours helps bring desired results in terms of cost as well as performance within your environment.
Desktop Central allows you to copy the necessary installables to the client computers before installing or uninstalling applications. This can be configured while setting up the deployment policy. It is optional and when selected will speed up the installation/uninstallation process.
Desktop Central supports installing or uninstalling the application as a specific user. By default, all applications are installed as "System User", which the Desktop Central agent has access to.
Software Deployment is the process of remotely installing software on multiple or all the computers within a network simultaneously, from a central location. The word "Software Deployment" is generally used in the context of a large network (more than 20 computers). An automated deployment helps in distributing software without manual intervention saving time and effort.
All the above mentioned activities can be taken care of manually or via automated software deployment tools. Doing it manually might be fine if you have a network of say, 15 computers, but anything beyond that becomes labor intensive and cost ineffective and is prone to redundancy. Even after having multiple technicians working on it manually, one cannot guarantee that all endpoints have the latest versions of software installed and configured. Hence, you need a centralized software deployment automation in place for all your software deployment needs.
How to automate deployment using Desktop Central?
Desktop Central allows automated deployment with the help of automatic package creation. You can add over 6000 predefined software deployment templates to create a package and publish it to a specific user. The packages in these templates can be set to auto-update. So, whenever a new version of a template is available, it will be reflected in the Self Service Portal of the published users. To get started with automated deployment of software, navigate to Software Deployment > Settings > Auto-update Templates. Thus, by making use of the automated deployment tools in Desktop Central, IT administrators and entire organisations can save resources.