Software Deployment Question

Legato NetWorker Client 7.3.4

07/22/2008 5738 views
This is a vendor supplied .msi from EMC, but can't seem to find any information anywhere supporting a scripted installation of the product. I've found an installation guide, but it does not provide any information regarding public properties that can be used. Basically the product has to be given a server name that will be performing backups, then it writes this server name and IP address into a hosts file. I've run a manual installation w/ logging enabled and couldn't really find a property it was passing with the server name I provided. If anyone has worked w/ creating a transform for the installation with properties to use with it let me know.
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I love EMC products, not. They always use minor upgrades instead of major on their products, and they never work.

You never said what tool your using to author your msi.
When you run the install manually, does a dialog prompt for servername ?
If so, you can look at the property of the dialog and add that property and its value to the properties table if it doesnt already exist.
Answered 07/22/2008 by: reds4eva
Second Degree Blue Belt

Yes it does bring up a dialog (or what I thought was a dialog) to enter server names during manual installation. Look further though, it's not really a dialog in the .msi it's a CA calling a tool called sselect.exe (the file is installed by the product then run later on toward the end of defered execution). I've done some monitoring during this installation and it looks as if the only file being created/written to after I enter in this info is a file called servers. Im thinking if I add the servers file (with the server name) into my transform and run silent (which is how it will be run anyway through deployment) this should work.
Answered 07/22/2008 by: danr29
Purple Belt

EMC....nuff said.
Answered 07/22/2008 by: reds4eva
Second Degree Blue Belt

We are in the process of deploying networker 7.3.4 in our enviroment. I was able to install the client on 500 windows machines by using windows group policy. Moving forward, I want to create 500 backup policies to backup all of my machines. Is there a command/script that I can use to create policies from one central location.

Answered 11/15/2008 by: farhankhan123
Yellow Belt

I suggest you try posting in a Group Policy forum. There's a 'Deployment' forum here on AppDeploy or you could try the GPTalk mailing list.

Oh and by the way, backing up 500 machines is a really neat way to eat bandwidth. Why would you want to back up that number of machines? Surely you have a) home drives etc set up on the network and b) a build image for machines? if not, your time would be better spent exploring those areas, rather than in clogging up your network.
Answered 11/17/2008 by: VBScab
Red Belt

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