help, is it possible to depoly oracle client 11via the AD (active directory) to all of my computers?

Hi, this is my first time posting to this blog,

I wanted to steam line my operation at work. currently if i want to install something i have to walk to all 100+ win10 PCs and install (for example) Google Chrome. I know i can deploy Google Chrome via AD (i have 2 ADs im responsible for) to all my computers after i run a gpupdate and restart my computers (they all restart at midnight everyday). BUT i cant seem to install oracle client 11 using the same process... my question is 

1. can you install oracle client via AD (is it even possible?) 
2. if you can install oracle client 11 THEN how the heck do you do it??? (i dont see an MSI package i can simply download)

Thanks in advance,

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  • When you say deploy via AD, I presume you mean deploy via the Group Policy Management console, would that be right? - alphabeta 4 years ago

Answers (2)

Posted by: anonymous_9363 4 years ago
Red Belt
Oracle doesn't supply any of its mainstream software in MSI format. Why would it embrace a technology that's been an industry standard now for well over a decade? [eye roll]. Mind you, Google's MSIs are simply wrappers fpr their own installers so they're no better!

If you want to deploy it via GP, that means you need to build an MSI. To do *that*, you need an authoring tool. You *could* use the free AppDeploy Repackager but Oracle Client is such a clunking great app that using that tool for this app would be painful in extremis. That leaves you with the commercial software, like InstallShield et al. These tools are, generally, extremely expensive but you would have to weigh up the benefits you and your employer would gain from having an automated and standard way of packaging and deploying apps.

For this app, in your situation, (in spite of my disparaging comments about so-called MSIs above) I'd say use the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) to create a response file, then build an MSI wrapper for it, whose sole purpose would be to run a command line, calling OUI with the appropriate arguments. That stuff is well documented here on IT Ninja.

  • Thanks so much for your quick reply! I believe we do have InstallShield already (but thus far no one has used it). you lost me a little on your 3rd thought. would you be able to provide a link to that? - FernRaff 4 years ago
Posted by: anonymous_9363 4 years ago
Red Belt
A link to what, the Oracle Universal Installer? If you have the client software, you already have OUI. It's the setup.exe in the media's "root" folder.

You could do worse than to start here. Although it's for v11, the installer has changed little over the years so general principles apply across most versions you'll come across.
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