Software Deployment Question

Has anybody depplyed NetOp School?

02/08/2008 4473 views
Hi im in a education environment where i would like to deploy NetOp School in our LAN where there is Windows 2003 as Server & Windows XP as clients.

I have created a shared folder on the server named netop where there is all the installation files including .msi file aswell. Just for trial I applied this package through windows 2003 group policy to a 1 windows xp clients only. I can see the software is installed but when i logon to the xp and clik on the software it asks for serial key.

Is there anyway i can do these settings like entering serial key unattneded via deployment.
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If NetOp is supplied as an MSI from the vendor, you need to make changes via a transform file. If you have captured the installation to you rown MSI, then where I say to do something to a transform, that 'something' can be added directly to your MSI. The reason is that it's a VERY bad idea to edit vendor-supplied MSIs.

You need to capture the registration process and add whatever changes it makes to a transform file which you will then apply to the MSI at installation time. I use a Ziff-Davis snapshot tool called In Control (Google for 'InCtrl5.ZIP').

- run the MSI
- do a 'Before' snapshot of the machine
- run the program, to trigger the registration screen
- complete the registration process
- do an 'After' snapshot of the machine
- add the *relevant* changes to a transform file (an MST)

To apply a transform to an MSI at installation time:
MSIExec /i [path_to_and_name_of_MSI] TRANSFORMS="[path_to_and_name_of_MST]" [other command-line arguments]

Note that the keyword TRANSFORMS must be plural and in upper-case. Note also that license numbers and such are often computed by reference to a workstation's computername or processor serial number (or some other property unique to a machine or user) and will therefore not be transferrable between machines!
Answered 02/08/2008 by: VBScab
Red Belt


Just a thought - I seem to remember that NetOp had it's own deployment tool, which handled everything for you.

I'm just not sure if that tool allows you to then 'port' over the deployment for group policy.

Failing that - VBScab has provided the information for you to progress.


Answered 02/08/2008 by: dunnpy
Red Belt

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