Remote Utilities has two built-in tools that facilitate remote installation in large Windows domain networks. You can prepare an .msi installer prior to the installation and then distribute this file across your network using either the built-in "Remote Install Tool" or Active Directory group policies.
MSI-Configurator is a tool available from the Viewer main menu. It allows you to build your own customized version of the installer file for further distribution.
There are three different types of output:
- Standard MSI package. This is best used for manual deployment or deployment using AD group policies.
- One-click package. This package is suitable for "silent" installation. A remote user only has to run the file and the installation will be carried out in the background.
- Agent package. This option helps you create your own customized version of the Agent. For example, you can brand the program using your logo and welcome text.
Every option allows you to pre-configure the settings which the remote host will have after the installation from the customized file. For example, you can build in the information about your license, and the program will already be registered with your key after the installation. Or you can specify a custom Internet ID server that must be used by the remote host for mediated connection. Every option available in the Host settings can be modified for the customized installer file.
After you have customized your .msi file (standard package) or .exe file (One-click Installer or Agent) you need to decide how to deploy it. To install Host across a network for unattended access you can deploy the standard or one-click package using either the built-in Remote Install tool or Active Directory group policies. As for the Agent, you can upload the customized version onto your web-server and make the download link available to your customers.
Built-in Remote Install and Update
The built-in Remote Install tool allows you to deploy Remote Utilities in a network or update/upgrade existing installations. The tool is available in the main menu of Remote Utilities Viewer.
You can install, uninstall, upgrade, start, stop and restart the remote host. The Remote Install tool also provides an installation log for you to examine if something goes wrong.
Install Using Active Directory Group Policies
Use the network group policy tool if you want to deploy Remote Utilities in a Windows network. Before you start deploying, make sure you have configured the MSI file using the MSI Configurator. To install the MSI distribution package on all domain computers, you can use the installation feature available in the group policies.
Remote Utilities User Manual contains a section that explains how to deploy the program using this method.