Deploying Big Packages
Do you ever have to push out large software packages to thousands of computers under your care? If you push out a big software package does it always install? Here's a secret that'll help with the heavy lifting.
When I have pushed out large software packages I always ran into the same problem: there was not enough time at night to push the software out and install it. This became a big problem under a tight schedule.
After trying several different work-arounds, I came up with a really simple, yet effective solution:
- Create a job in Deployment Console that copies the software package to destination computers. This should be done during the day.
- Create a second job, that is scheduled to run at night. This job will actually install the software.
This way, you can install the software on all of the computers at the same time. This method has saved my neck a number of times.