I need some basic help with software deployment
(This topic started as something totally different, but was edited so that I could widen the scope of the question...)
So, I recently started deploying Altiris, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around software deployment. I'm hoping some of you pros could help. I've got a 2,000 user environment seperated over 3 locations.
Here's what I need:
* Detect when software is installed, so that installs dont happen over and over
* Be able to deploy to everyone and/or subsets of machines (using local site servers)
* I'd really like to be able to deploy to user security groups, but apparently that isn't *easily* possible
* Allow helpdesk to deploy "one off" software directly to end users machines
I've looked at Managed Software delivery from the software library or UNC, as well as Quick Delivery, and even Jobs and Tasks. None of them seem to really fit for me. I'd like to know what others are doing (espeically over WAN links).