Deploying software can be a hassle, but you can save a lot of time by packaging your applications in advance. Complicated? Not at all. In four steps, you can have your software neatly packaged for smooth deployment via Easy Software Deployment.
1. Conditions and dependencies
First, sort out your application’s dependencies in advance. A framework is often required to be able to use the software (think of .NET or Visual C). For some software, sending a runtime DLL is enough. Others such as .NET include quite a few files that must be installed simultaneously or in advance. Remember: you’re not only dealing with different frameworks, but also with different versions of them. Make sure you understand which software your application needs before you start any of the following steps.
2. Is there already an MSI installer?
Of course, you can save the most time if you don’t have to do anything at all. If an installation file is available in the form of an MSI, you can load it directly into Easy Software Deployment. This Windows Installer Framework is completely standardized and easy to deploy. If you add a Windows installation file to Easy Software Deployment, then you don’t need to set up any more installation commands. We also support EXE, App-V, ThinApp and other packages. All this software can be deployed to all your workstations within minutes.
3. Ready-to-use packages
Is there no installation file available with your software? Then it’s best to check with us before looking further. At Easy Software Deployment, we have a built-in Package Store where we have ready-to-use packages of many software applications available by default. You simply select the package you need, adjust the settings and start rolling it out immediately. If your software is not in our Package Store, we can create a package that is especially tailored to your organization or company for a small one-time fee. You can keep using that package from then on.
4. Use a packaging tool
Sometimes, you still can’t avoid doing a little packaging yourself. If that’s your situation, we advise you to choose a good tool for this purpose. Many tools consist of a comprehensive suite that allows you to not only do the actual packaging, but also to automate a lot around it. RayPack and AdminStudio are two well-known options. Such suites allow you to do things like test and customize your package after you’ve created it. The dependencies from step 1 are often added automatically. You can also choose a wide variety of packages as output, including packages for various virtual environments, like App-V, ThinApp, SWV or RCP.
And back to step 2!
And now back to step 2. Finally, of course, you’ll load the packages into Easy Software Deployment because that allows you to easily and quickly deploy your software, regardless of where your package was generated.
Easy Software Deployment lets you roll out any kind of package effortlessly. Want to know how? Schedule a demo here and experience it for yourself!