Creating an Easy Installer

Article:HOWTO13670  |  Created: 2008-01-05  |  Updated: 2013-10-17  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO13670
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Creating an Easy Installer

An Easy Installer is a single installation that contains one or more packages that you have previously created. It can also include other optional functions that are applied to the installer, such as prompting users to restart their computer. Easy Installers reside on the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server.

See Creating packages for an Easy Installer .

Based on how you created the Easy Installer, you can have the resulting install added to a Web page as a hyperlink. Users can then download and install the software onto their computers. Or, you can use your established client computer management software and deployment processes to install the software onto client computers.

See Downloading an Easy Installer by end users.

See Deploying an Easy Installer by administrators.

After the users install the software, their client computer becomes managed (and visible) from the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console.

The following table describes the packages that are already available for you to use in Easy Installers.

Table: Available packages

Package

Description

Backup Exec System Recovery

Provides advanced backup and recovery for client computers.

Backup Exec System Recovery Manager is necessary if you intend to install Indexing Server or Backup Exec Granular Restore Option on client computers.

Management Control

A necessary component for managing computers with Backup Exec System Recovery installed.

Note:
You can have multiple versions of Management Control packages available. The Management Control version that you install on the client computer must be compatible with the version of Backup Exec System Recovery that is also installed. For example, Management Control 8.x is compatible with Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 and 8.x. You can check versions when you create the Easy Installer.

Indexing Server

Provides the capability for users to retrieve their own files with Backup Exec Retrieve on the Web.

Note:
Backup Exec System Recovery must be installed on client computers before you install Indexing Server.

See About configuring Backup Exec Retrieve.


To create an Easy Installer

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. In the left pane, click Easy Installers.

  3. In the right pane, click Create.

  4. Check the packages that you want to include in the Easy Installer, and then click Next.

    If you select multiple packages and one of them is Backup Exec System Recovery, you have the option of including Management Control. Management Control is a necessary component for managing Backup Exec System Recovery and can be installed separately, if wanted.

    Note:
    The Management Control version that you install on the client computer must be compatible with the version of Backup Exec System Recovery that is also installed. For example, Management Control 8.x is compatible with Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 and 8.x. You can check versions when you create the Easy Installer.

  5. The packages that you selected may need certain options set that are specific to the package.

    If you selected the Backup Exec System Recovery package, specify the following options:

    Install Backup Exec System Recovery without a user interface

    Installs only the Backup Exec System Recovery agent. The agent is the unseen engine that does the actual creation and restoration of recovery points on a computer. Because the agent functions as a service, it does not have a graphical user interface on the client computer.

    The agent, however, appears as a tray icon that is available from the Windows system tray. It provides feedback of current conditions and lets you access common tasks.

    For example, from the tray icon a user can view assigned backups or cancel a job that is currently running.

    Install Backup Exec System Recovery with a user interface

    Installs the full Backup Exec System Recovery product that includes the agent and the graphical user interface.

    See Setting client options for computers.

    Let the OS determine language

    Installs Backup Exec System Recovery that is based on the default language setting used in Windows.

    Choose language

    Lets you choose the language version of Backup Exec System Recovery that you want to install, regardless of the default language setting in Windows.


    If you selected the LightsOut Restore package, specify the following options:

    • Select the time zone, display language, and keyboard layout from the respective lists.

    • In the Time to display boot menu box, specify (in seconds) how long the boot menu should display. The default is 10 seconds.

    • In the Boot menu label text box, type the title that you want to appear on the Windows boot menu.

    Click Next.

    On the Options pane, specify the following:

    Destination Symantec Recovery Disk location

    Specify the path where you want to save the recovery environment on the computer's local hard drive.

    Automatically start network services

    Check this option if you want networking to start automatically when you recover the computer through LightsOut Restore.

    Dynamic IP

    Check this option to connect to a network without the need for additional network configuration. You can click this option if you know there is a DHCP server available on the network at the time you restore.

    Static IP

    Click this option to connect to a network with a particular network adapter and specific address settings. You should click this option if you know there is no DHCP server (or the DHCP server is unavailable) when you recover.

    Automatically start Symantec pcAnywhere

    Check this option if you want the Symantec pcAnywhere thin host to start automatically when you start the Symantec recovery environment. Useful for troubleshooting a system recovery.


    Note:
    The LightsOut Restore feature requires a minimum of 1 GB of memory on the client computer to run.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Select the options that you want the Easy Installer to include.

    Easy Installer name

    Type the name of the Easy Installer. The name is what users see on the Web page that they visit. It is also the name of the Easy Installer file.

    By default, the package names you selected earlier are combined and represented as the Easy Installer name.

    Show Easy Installer on Web Page

    This option is checked by default.

    Adds the Easy Installer to the Backup Exec System Recovery Download Center Web page. The Easy Installer is represented as a hyperlinked name on the Web page.

    If you intend to have users download the software, the link is what users click to download and install it. If you intend to deploy the software, the same link is used to download and save the software to your computer. You can then use your existing logon scripts to install the software onto computers.

    Note:
    If your logon script detects that the expected version of Backup Exec System Recovery is already installed on a client computer, it may still run the Easy Installer. In such cases it uninstalls and then reinstalls Backup Exec System Recovery. To avoid this happening repeatedly at log on, be sure your script first checks for an installation of the expected version of Backup Exec System Recovery. It should then run accordingly.

    The Backup Exec System Recovery Download Center Web page is located on the Backup Exec System Recovery server and available at the following locations:

    • On the Tools menu, click Options. In the left pane, click Easy Installers. The Web hyperlink is displayed in the lower right pane.

    • Secure port: https://<server_name or IP_address>:8443/DownloadCenter

    Prompt user to reboot if necessary

    This option is checked by default. Prompts the users, where required, to reboot their computer following the installation of the software.

    Warning:
    If you uncheck this option, the client computers still reboot (if necessary), but the user is not prompted.

    Show Easy Installer status on client computer

    This option is checked by default.

    Displays the status of the installation to the user on the client computer.

    Run-as the following user on the client computer.

    Specify the user context in which you want the installation to run on the client computer.

    If you know that users do not have Administrator privileges to download and install the product, select this option.

    Specify the appropriate user credentials so that the user can download and install the software

    You must have an administrator user name and password for the computers that you want to manage. Also, the administrator user name and password must be the same for all the computers that you want to place under management at one time. All unmanaged computers must be in the same domain. You should also use a domain administrator user name (for example, name@domain.com) and password for authentication. If you add only a few computers, you can specify a local user account.

    For security reasons, you should not use the same user name and password that is used to log on to the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console.


  8. Click Next.

  9. Select the behavior control options that you want the Easy Installer to include:

    Include Files

    Check this option to include all of the necessary install files in the Easy Installer. When you include install files it results in a larger Easy Installer file size to download. However, the installation is faster because the Easy Installer does not need to communicate with the server or download the install files separately.

    Note:
    If the Easy Installer is downloaded or deployed over a VPN or a slow network connection, you should check this option.

    If you do not check this option, the Easy Installer downloads the necessary install files from the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server at the time of installation. The result is a longer installation time.

    IP Address

    Check this option to specify which IP address on the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server that the Easy Installers should use when they communicate with the server. Useful if the server has multiple NIC cards or, if you assigned a static IP address to the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server.

    Accessibility

    Check the role names that are permitted to download the Easy Installer.


  10. Click Next to review the options you have selected.

  11. Click Finish.

    You are ready to use Easy Installers to add computers to the console.

    Downloading an Easy Installer by end users

    Deploying an Easy Installer by administrators


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