Distribution:Software Distribution over Local and Wide Area networks
NetSupport DNA provides a multi-delivery option for Software Distribution.
DNA can process the software it distributes to target machines in two ways: firstly, an operator can apply parameters to a collection of files or folders which can then be actioned on delivery; or secondly they can script and record the user prompts that will appear during an installation, which bypasses the need for operator intervention.
Once created, the application package can be automatically „Pushed” to the target PCs for deployment or alternatively „Published” centrally on the DNA server. Once published, a user can check to see which applications are available for their PC, based on their departmental membership and install these on demand.
However, when initiating large scale deployments, the need to minimise network traffic congestion becomes a priority. In this case, NetSupport DNA allows a Client PC, ideally local to the target machines, to be nominated as a „Distribution Warehouse”. When the package is deployed, rather than distributing the package individually to each PC, it delivers the package directly to the „Warehouse” Client which then takes over and distributes it to the target PCs on its local LAN segment.
When operating across a range of locations and networks, the timing of any major package deployment is critical as this may result in a detrimental effect on other critical applications and services, in terms of performance degradation. To reduce this threat, NetSupport DNA offers a „Scheduling” facility, whereby a specific date and time can be scheduled by an Operator for initiating the package deployment – usually out of core office hours when network traffic is at its lowest.
To further simplify the package deployment process, NetSupport DNA includes an „Application Packager”, designed for situations where the application to be rolled out does not include its own silent install routine. The Packager enables the operator to record and playback a 3rd party installer, including all the necessary keystrokes and movements. These are stored in a script which is then replayed back at the Client PC without the need for user intervention.