How do you use the "snapshot" technology within DSM Explorer to automatically create software packages for deployment?

Posted on 2008-06-11
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I'm deploying software and patches throughout our networks via CA Unicenter's DSM Explorer with it's Software Delivery Agent.

Currently, I'm manually creating simple software packages manually. In this method you name a new package, plug in the source file and write the procedures. (I'm only as far as putting in switches in the Parameters for the procedures)

I've read that there is a "snapshot" technology built into DSM that can automatically create software packages for you. (This would be especially usefull for the more complicated multi-step installations of software and suites)

Can anyone explain how to use this feature and advise on it's potential and limitations?

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Come to find out, DSM doesn't have that tool built in. It does come with CA Unicenter though and is a seperate install. CA Software Packager.

What you'll want to do is get a vanilla machine (Just the windows operating system) install the packager software, use that to take a snapshot of the machine, then install the software that you want to package and take another snapshot, this will package your software for deployment via DSM.

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I now know where / how to use Unicenter's MSI packager. (They make horrible manuals) It was my belief that it would be built into Unicenter's DSM Explorer, which in fact it wasn't and was a seperate module. So, yes, the main part of my question has been answered. However; I was also interested in knowing any pluses or drawbacks to utilizing this.

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