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Knowledgebase: Resource Central
KB0210 - How to perform Add-in mass deployment using Group Policy Object

 

This article consists of the following sections:

  • Requirements
  • Create a TRANSFORM file for predefined Add-in settings
  • Per User mass deployment
  • Per Machine mass deployment

 

Requirements

Go to System Requirements page in Add-On Products website to have an overview of System requirements for Resource Central (RC).

 

Predefine add-in configuration properties

Property Name

Value

Note

RESOURCECENTRAL_URL

Example:

http://RCWebServer/ResourceCentral

URL address of Resource Central backend 

RC_WEB_VERSION

·      0 = Any version higher than RC 3.8 HF6

·      1 = RC 3.7 VTC

·      2 = RC 3.7.10

·      3 = RC 3.8 RTM and Hotfix 1/2/3/4/5 (This is default value)

·      4 = RC 3.8 SR and HF6

Define RC backend compatibility for add-in

ALLUSERS

1

Use this property with value “1” if Add-in is deployed for All users (per machine)

DEFAULT_LOCATION

ID of location tree in RC (e.g. ID of root location is 47)

This property is used to set a default location for the first use of ResourceFinder

UPDATE_SETTINGS

·      0: The function is turned OFF. Add-in will not update “ResourceCentralURL” and “RCVersion” in Settings file

·      1: The function is turned ON, Add-in sends request to backend web service and updates both “ResourceCentralURL” and “RCVersion” (This is default value)

·      2: The function is turned ON, Add-in sends request to backend web service and updates “RCVersion”

·      3: The function is turned ON, Add-in sends request to backend web service and updates “ResourceCentralURL”

Control the update settings function in working with back end web service

 

Create a TRANSFORM file for predefined Add-in settings

NOTE: See How to create a Transform file Knowledge Base article to know how to create a TRANSFORM with ORCA tool.

 

Per user mass deployment

1. Create a TRANSFORM file, and ignore the “ALLUSERS” property

2. Create a folder and share it with everyone/authenticated users with READ permission

3. Copy installer file (.msi) and TRANSFORM file (.mst) into the above shared folder

4. At the Group Policy Management Editor, right click and select [Edit…], Group Policy Management Editor. Select User Configuration  Policies → Software Settings → Software installation

5. At Software installation, right click and click New  Package...

6. Browse to folder where add-in file is located and select the Add-in installer. Then a popup window appears. Select Advanced option  Click [OK], a dialog will be shown as in the following figure:

7. In the “Deployment” tab, establish as in the following figure:

8. In the “Modifications” tab of the package properties dialog, add the .MST file, then click [OK]

9. Repeat from step 5 to step 8 to add Resource Central Add-in 64 bit

10. Back to Group Policy Management Editor, at [your domain], link the policy you have just created:

11. After that, right click on that link, select option Enforced:

Click on this policy, at Security Filtering panel we can add groups or users which will follow this policy:

12. By default, GPO is not immediately applied to Domain Users. It is updated every 90 minutes or after rebooting the client machines. If you want the GPO to be applied immediately, run cmd.exe on the client machineand execute the following command: 

 

gpupdate /force /boot /logoff

Note: there is a space between the word and the “/” character following it.

After that, the machine will be logged off.

 

Per machine mass deployment

1. Create a TRANSFORM with property “ALLUSERS” having value being 1

2. Create a folder and share it with everyone/authenticated users with READ permission

3. Copy installer file (.msi) and TRANSFORM file (.mst) into the shared folder

4. At the Group Policy Management Editor, right click and select [Edit…], Group Policy Management Editor. Select Computer Configuration → Policies → Software Settings → Software installation

5. At Software installation, right click and click New → Package...

6. Browse to folder where add-in file is located, and select the Add-in installer. Then a popup window appears. Select Advanced option → Click [OK], a dialog will be shown as in the following figure:

7. In the “Deployment” tab, establish as shown in the following figure:

8. In the “Modifications” tab of the package properties dialog, add the .MST file then click [OK]

9. Repeat from step 5 to step 8 to add Resource Central Add-in 64 bit

10. Back to Group Policy Management, at [your domain], link the policy you have just created:

11. Then right click on that link, select option Enforced:

12. Click on this policy, at Security Filtering panel we can add groups or users which will follow this policy:

13. By default, GPO is not immediately applied to Domain Users. It’ll be updated every 90 minutes or after rebooting the client machines. If you want the GPO to be applied immediately, run cmd.exe on the client machine and execute the following command:

gpupdate /force /boot

 Note: there is space between the word and the “/” character following it.

14. Restart client machine to apply the GPO for all users.

 

Validation after deployment

  • Add-in is loaded into Outlook (My Meetings and ResourceFinder buttons are available in Outlook)
  • Settings file is deployed to:
    • Per Machine: “ProgramData\Add-On Products\Resource Central\Add-in” folder with all URL, backend version defined.
    • Per User: “Users\[Logged-in User]\AppData\Local\Add-on Products\Resource Central\Addin” folder with all URL, backend version defined

Note: In case the Add-In does not get installed, please apply these settings in Group Policy:

-       Enable “Always wait for the network at computer startup” – if it still does not work after setting this, then

-       Enable “Startup policy waiting time” and set to 120 seconds.

Additionally, it needs more time to apply the GPO before the user login. 

 

Properties

Applies to: RC Add-in 4.0

Reference: TFS #94950

Knowledge base ID: 0210

Last updated: Sep 11, 2017