Installing and Managing eZ Agent on Multiple Computers


Installing and Managing eZ Agent on Multiple Computers

Use the Active Directory (AD) Group Policy (GPO) feature to automate installing eZ Agent on multiple computers. Before you do, you must log in to the AD server as an Administrator and copy the eZ Agent files to a shared folder on the server. This section describes how to use the AD GPO feature on a Windows 2003, 2000, and XP Professional server. For more information on Active Directory or its features, refer to the Windows Active Directory documentation.

  1. Log in to the Active Directory server as an Administrator.
  2. Click Start > Administrative Tools to open the Active Directory Users and Computers console tree. Then, click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  3. In the Active Directory Users and Computers console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties, to open the Properties window which displays the properties of your domain.

In the Properties window, do the following:

  1. Click Group Policy, and then click New.
  2. Enter the name of the new GPO.
  3. Click Properties to view the properties of the new GPO.
  4. In the New GPO Properties window, do the following:
    1. Click Security.
    2. Select Allow Group Policy to apply the GPO to the appropriate groups.
    3. Click OK, and then click Close to exit the window.

In the Properties window, do the following:

  1. Click Group Policy.
  2. Select the newly created GPO, and then click Edit.
  3. Go to Computer Configuration > Software Settings to assign the eZ Agent package.
  4. Under Software Settings, do the following:
    1. Right-click Software Installation.
    2. Click New > Package.
    3. In the New GPO Properties window, do the following:
  • Enter the path of the eZ Agent files. For example: \\GPO control server\shared folder\eZAgent.msi.
  • Click Open to open the installer package.
  • Click Assigned to assign eZ Agent to the computers.
  1. Click OK.
    The eZ Agent installer package appears in the Group Policy section in the right pane.
  2. Click Close to exit the Properties window.
  3. Close the Active Directory Users and Computers window.

When end users start their computers, the Silent_Setup.bat file automatically runs the eZSetup.msi file using the values in the configuration file, and then launches eZ Agent.

Redeploying eZ Agent

You can easily redeploy eZ Agent when you need to upgrade to the latest version. To redeploy the assigned eZ Agent package, navigate to the Properties window and do the following:

  1. Click Group Policy.
  2. Select the GPO used for the eZ Agent deployment, and then click Edit.
  3. Click Software Settings.
  4. Click the eZ Agent software installation item that contains the eZ Agent installation package.
  5. When the Group Policy window appears, do the following:
    1. Right-click eZ Agent.
    2. Click All Tasks > Redeploy application. A warning message appears stating that the package will be reinstalled on all devices on which it was previously installed.
    3. Click Yes in the warning message.
    4. Click Close to exit the window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Close the Active Directory Users and Computers window.

Removing eZ Agent

To remove eZ Agent, navigate to the Properties window and do the following:

  1. Click Group Policy.
  2. Select the GPO used for the eZ Agent package deployment and click Edit.
  3. Click Software Settings.
  4. Click the eZ Agent software installation item that contains the eZ Agent installation package. The Group Policy window appears.
  5. In the Group Policy window, do the following:
    1. Right-click eZ Agent.
    2. Click All Tasks > Remove, and then select one of the following options:
  • Immediately uninstall the software from users and computers
  • Allow users to continue to use the software but prevent new installation
  1. Click OK, and then click Close to exit the window.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Close the Active Directory Users and Computers window.