My main quesiton here is it worth purchasing a deployment solution for the setup that I administer. There are only about 30 desktops and 10 laptops, all in the same office. Very small numbers. Moreover, there are only about 20-25 applications that I would be deploying. I'm wondering if it's worth investing the time and money into a tool such as SpecOps Deploy, or WinInstall DAS or should I just perform installs in a painstaking per-computer basis.
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I don't know what the figures look like with the larger systems (SpecOps, SMS) when dealing with smaller number of systems, but I definately recommend automating as much as possible. The Remote Software Installation Utility from Install Solutions would be a great place to start. $129 for the tool and you can deploy packaged applications to systems remotely instead of visting them 1 by 1. The personal touch is nice but not that nice [:)]. I am the developer of the toolset just to let you know. I use them everyday to help support about 60k systems. It's extremely helpful. Download the trial and check it out for yourself.
Answered 10/15/2007 by: yarborg
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Hi KS,
do you have a Windows Server on this site?
If yes, you could do the most common ones with a GPO install.
Regards, Nick
Answered 10/15/2007 by: nheim
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