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09/30/2005 2938 views
When performing an upgrade to an existing application what process did you use to complete the upgrade? tell me the step by step process plzz?reply me asap!!...thanks.
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You're leaving too many blanks, comrade...

What kind of application are we dealing with - in-house / 3rd party one?
Any idea what has changed - few files / numerous files + registry entries?
What was the original package wrapped as - exe / msi?
What is the upgrade supplied as - an exe / msp / msi?
Answered 09/30/2005 by: revizor
Third Degree Blue Belt

I am mainly a packager and a beginner in deployment.I really appericiate that you helping me.

1)third party
2)few files

plz can you tell me step by step process for upgrading..Thanks!

Also can you plz tell me sms and GPO deployment process step by step.
Answered 09/30/2005 by: jim1976
Yellow Belt

Gee, looks like you're under pressure to get things accomplished...

If the upgrade package comes as msi, chances are the vendor already took care of the upgrade logic (i.e. removal of the previous version is initiated automatically during the upgrade). If you don't need to make significant modifications to the package, you'll probably get by without using packaging tools then.

Ok, here it goes:

  • AD scenario. I assume you got adminpak installed. From the top of my head (Don't have AD in front of me, so some steps may be missing or not worded properly): open up Group Policy management console, navigate to the OU that contains your target computers. Open existing or create a new Group Policy Object, depending on your situation. Right-click on the policy name > Edit. Navigate through computer policies > software distribution > ... Right-click and select New. Find your msi file. Go through tabs. Everything seems acceptable - hit Ok. (Tip: to go granular on ACLs, you need to enable Advanced Options within the group policy editor). Now, go to the target distribution workstation. Do a "gpupdate.exe /force" if it's XP. Reboot the workstation. Celebrate.
  • SMS scenario. Open admin console. Go to Packages. Create new package. Give it a name. Depending on your storage infrastructure, you may or may not have to copy source directories to the distribution points. Say, you have a DFS. No need to keep package on the SMS distribution shares. Create a program inside the package. Program's command line should look like: "msiexec.exe /i \\corp\dfspath\vendor\app\version\setup.msi /qn". Once this one is done, right-click on the program and choose "Distribute Software" (or just go to advertisements and create one). Anyway, advertisement is a program that goes to a collection of computers (you have this one ready, I suppose). Assign your program to a collection of computers. Set mandatory schedule, and you're done.
Answered 09/30/2005 by: revizor
Third Degree Blue Belt

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