For those that have not yet developed an application deployment standard, I have a very good recommendation for you.

The name of the utility is called RemoteExec, and it is put out by ISDecisions. RemoteExec is exactly as it states: it is an agentless remote execution tool, that has all the functionality to actively run installs/uninstalles/patches/administrative installs of MSI packages and transforms, as well as OS service packs, MS released patches, IE updates, and pretty much anything else you could ever want to run. It has a log window to watch the progress of your installs, and logs the entire transaction for record keeping, it can ride on top of Task scheduler for after hours updates, and you can set scope filters based on OS, Service Pack, IE version, even registry key values. I'm not one to boast about software very often, but I have to say that for the functionality you get, this is one of the best products I've seen in a long time. For somewhere around. 5-7 dollars per client license (1,000 license pack), you get a very robust tool! At my pervious location, I used SMS 1.2 for deployment, then we eventually worked ourselves into a proprietary environment no longer relying on SMS at all. At this location, I had completely restructured login scripts for application deployment, but there were just some things I wanted to do and couldn't by that manner. Thats when I stumbled across this, got the 30 day license, and finished a rollout project in minutes, with the ability to test easily and not affect anyone else I didn't want to effect.

Just my .02 from personal experience. Its definately something worth looking at if you want something incredibly robust, and you're on a tighter budget than SMS or Altiris wants for their product-line..

www.isdecisions.com

~Toupeiro
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Sorry, I had to share this. If you're a techie at heart, you'll appreciate it.

A further testiment to this product. We brought up 2 new internal DNS servers also running WINS, and executed a .vbs script with Remote Exec throughout a static environment. Out of several hundred workstations, we missed 5 because they were powered down and didn't have WOL capabilities. We then took the logs it keeps and used them as delta's for the second pass. The actual execution took 3 minutes and 4 seconds to complete on everything, including sites with slow frame links, some over 100 miles away. We saw results immediately in our forward lookup zones in DNS and active registrations in WINS. Again, this product pays for itself the first few times you use it for a big project.
Answered 05/06/2005 by: Toupeiro
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