Remote Install tool

Overview

Remote Install Tool is a built-in tool that facilitates Host deployment across multiple stand-alone or domain remote PCs. You can use the tool to install, uninstall, start, stop and update a remote Host.

This article provides general information about the Remote Install Tool. For a specific usage example please refer to the Updating Remote Utilities tutorial.

How to use Remote Install tool

  1. In the Viewer address book select a connection (or multiple connections) that you want to process using the Remote Install tool.
  2. Select the Tools tab and click Remote Install on the toolbar. Remote Install Tool button on Viewer toolbar
  3. A Remote Install Tool window will open. Select a desired Connection type and Action, and specify a path to the Host package by clicking Browse. See below for more information on these options.
  4. Make sure the remote PCs that you want to apply the action to are selected on the List of connections tab: Remote Install Tool window
  5. Click Process action. The action progress will be displayed on the Action log tab: Installation or upgrade progress on the Action log tab

Connection type

Select how you want to connect to the remote PC:

  • Windows NT security Connect to a remote computer using admin$ share. You must have local administrator rights on the remote PC. A typical example of using this option is "push-installing" the Host to a remote computer across your network.
  • Remote Utilities security Connect to a remote computer using Remote Utilities connection. A typical example of using this option is updating remote Hosts over the Internet.

Action menu

Choose what action to perform over the selected remote PCs. The options available in the Action menu depend on what you have selected in the Connection type field:

Windows NT security:

  • Install/Upgrade host - install or upgrade the remote Host
  • Uninstall host - remove the Host from the selected remote PCs
  • Start/restart host - start or restart the remote Host
  • Stop host - stop the remote Host service

Remote Utilities security:

  • Upgrade host - upgrade/update the remote Host
  • Uninstall host - remove the Host from the selected remote PCs
  • Stop host - stop the remote Host service

Specify Host MSI package

You need to select a Host .msi file with which to do installation or update. This can be either the vanilla package or your custom package that you have prepared using the Standard MSI configuration option.

Important!

If you use the vanilla installer, make sure you download the latest version (permalink). Likewise, if you use a custom package make sure that you build it on the most recent vanilla package.

Configure settings button

This button launches the MSI Configurator where you can pre-configure the Host before the deployment.

Process action

Click Process action to start whatever action you selected in the Action field.

Windows XP compatibility:

If Windows XP is installed on any remote PC on your list, you should disable Simple File Sharing in Windows  XP. To do that, go to Control PanelFolder PropertiesView and clear the Simple File Sharing checkbox.

Windows 7/Vista Compatibility:

It is recommended to turn off UAC (User Access Control) for network connections. In the Windows registry open the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] and create a new DWORD value "LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy"=dword:00000001

Skip turning off UAC advice if you install the Host on a domain.