Good Morning -
The company that I work for supports a few different domains with many remote locations. The software used by our clients often has updates that must be applied. I'm trying to find the best method for deploying new or updating these applications. What I'm trying to prevent is connecting via RDP to each of the 100+ workstations and manually installing the executable to install / upgrade the application.
Our servers are all either Windows 2003 or 2008
99& of workstations are Windows XP x86
What I've tried so far:
- Created an MSI with EMCO MSI Creator (Emco.is) and pushed it out through GPO. Haven't had 100% luck so have had to email link to MSI to some users.
- Used EMCO Remote Deployment to create repository package and push it out to network with the same program.
- Connected to each workstation remotely and manually installed
I know that in the past, Microsoft had SMS or something similar to perform this, but I'm trying to find the most widely used technology that will be around now and in the future. Whatever I choose, I plan to study so that I know it backwards and forwards.
Finally, if it makes any difference, I also plan to deploy images via the network in the future. I have already tested this by setting up a PXE boot to Acronis, then restoring the image from a NAS. If deploying these images is an option of any software or method that you have in mind, then please let me know.