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

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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.
  3. A Remote Install tool window will open with the Connection list tab populated with records that you selected:
  4. Select Connection type. See the "Connection type" section below for more information.
  5. In the Action menu select a desired action (e.g. install or update). See the "Action menu" section below for more information.
  6. Click Browse and specify the path to the Host package. See the "Specify MSI package" section below for more information.
  7. In the List of connections tab enable the check boxes for the remote PCs you want to apply the action to.
  8. Click Process action. The results of the process for each remote PC will be shown on the Action log tab.

See the Updating quick start guide for an example of using the Remote Install tool for the specific task of updating a remote Host.

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 itself. A typical example of using this option is updating a remote Host 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 select 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 install or update. This can be either the vanilla package, or your custom package that you have prepared using the Standard MSI configuration option.

Regardless of whether you use the vanilla installer or your own custom installer, make sure that it's the most recent version of the Host.

Configure settings button

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

Process action

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

Windows XP compatibility:

If there is Windows XP installed on any remote PC on your list, you should disable Simple File Sharing in Windows  XP. To do that, go to Control Panel -> Folder Properties -> View 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

The latter does not apply if you are installing the Host on a domain.



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