Scripting Question

Create script for installation or use software distribution? Dell Kace K1000

07/07/2015 3026 views
I realized that we can use script to push software or run software application. Or, we can use software inventory and software distribution to do the installation. May I know what is the difference? What is the best practice for this? To use script or just conventional silent install via software inventory? 
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Typically, I'd recommend managed installations over scripts, except when you need different user rights for the install or when you need multiple steps like GeekSoldier said above.
Answered 07/09/2015 by: jknox
Red Belt


Software distribution is generally better for simple installations involving a single installation step. For example, if I want to deploy adobe reader or google chrome, those are easy to deploy using a single install command with a single installer. It is also important to note that software distribution spreads out the deployment based on when the agent checks in.

To contrast a software distribution, scripted installs can be run instantly, and can contain as many steps as you can think up. If you need multiple files moved, registry edits performed, or any other kind of custom action performed during an install, scripted installs are your friend. One example where this worked better than a software distribution was deploying pdf factory that involved making a registry edit post-install to add our company information and product key behind the scenes for automatic activation.

I hope this helps.

Answered 07/07/2015 by: GeekSoldier
Red Belt

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