Alternative rollout methods

This section describes alternative ways to roll out the Client Management agent to the target population, such as via the Microsoft Network Neighborhood or to a specific IP address range.

Rolling out client agents via the network neighborhood

This procedure rolls out client agents to Windows 7 devices using the Windows network neighborhood. 

  1. Select Wizards > Agent Rollout 
    The Core Setup Configuration window appears.
  2.  Check the Configure the relay selection or use master otherwise box.

    If you want to schedule the rollout at a specific date and time check the box for second last question.

  3. Click Next
    The General Parameters appears.
  4. Enter the name of the new rollout (for example, Windows 7 Client Rollout) into the Name box.
  5. Enter the name for the rollout package executable in the Auto-extractable Name box (for example, win7clientagent12.exe).
  6. Select the operating system group to which the agent is to be rolled out from the list of the Operating System box (for example, Windows XP/2003... (64 bit).
  7. Click Next.
    The Communication window appears.
  8. To find the relay click Import Devices from CSV File next to the Parent Name box.
  9. Click All.
  10. Select the desired parent device from the list and click OK.
  11. Click Next.
    The Targets & Accounts window appears.
  12. Click Add Device from List .
    The Select Devices from the List window appears. It provides you with the different methods to select the rollout targets.
  13. Select the Network tab in the left window bar.
    The box Available Devices displays now the Microsoft Windows Network Neighborhood structure on the screen.
  14. Open the tree structure under which the target devices are located.
  15. Select the devices to be added to the list by highlighting and moving them to the Selected Devices list to the right via Add.

    • You can select a maximum of 18 devices for your rollout with the evaluation license. The evaluation license allows you to test with a total of 20 devices, and you have already installed the master and probably at least one relay.
    • You cannot add the master as a target device.
  16. Click OK to add the selected devices and close the window.
  17. Click Add Administrator
  18. Enter the required data for the account login into the respective boxes.
  19. Click Verify Rollout to ensure that the entered account data is correct.
  20. Click OK and then Finish.
  21. In the Confirmation dialog box, select the Go to Rollout  to change the focus of the console window to the new rollout. Click Yes to confirm the immediate activation.
  22. If you did not check the Go to Rollout box at the end of the wizard, select the newly created rollout in the left tree hierarchy and then its Servers subnode. In the Assigned Schedule tab, you can follow the general progress of the client rollout assignment.
  23. After this value reads Executing, select the Targets tab to follow progress of each individual target through the Status column (initial status is Initial and final stage should be Installed).

You have now rolled out the CM agent to specific devices of your infrastructure that were provided by the Microsoft Network Neighborhood.

Rolling out client agents to specific IP address ranges

To roll the agent out to specific IP address ranges instead of selecting the devices from the network neighborhood, an autodiscovery must be executed before starting the actual rollout procedure.

Running an autodiscovery on an IP address range

  1. In the left window pane of the console select the device which is to execute the autodiscovery of the network; this should be the relay under which the clients are to be located.
  2. Select the Agent Configuration > Module Configuration > AutoDiscovery node.
  3. Select Edit > Properties.
    The Properties dialog box appears on the screen, displaying the module's parameters.
  4. Enter the indicated values for the following parameters and leave all others as they are:

    OptionDescription
    TImeout (sec)2
    Address RangeThe IP address range to scan
    Address Verification Interval (sec)2
    Use Network NeighborhoodYes

  5. Click OK to confirm the new parameters and to close the window. 
    The autodiscovery is launched immediately. You can follow its progress by going to the Device List tab.
  6. To see the list populated with devices found by the relay, click Refresh from time to time.

Rolling out client agents to specific IP address ranges

  1. Select Wizards > Agent Rollout menu item. 
    The Core Setup Configuration window appears.
  2. Check the Configure the relay selection or use master otherwise box.

    If you want to schedule the rollout at a specific date and time check the Configure a custom schedule for this rollout (default is one immediate execution) box.

  3. Click Next.
    The General Parameters appears.
  4. Enter the name of the new rollout (for example, Windows 7 Client Rollout) into the Name box.
  5. Enter the name for the rollout package executable in the Auto-extractable Name box (for example, win7clientagent12.exe).
  6. Select the operating system group to which the agent is to be rolled out from the list of the Operating System box (for example, Windows XP/2003... (64 bit).
  7. Click Next.
    The Communication window appears.
  8. To find the relay click Add Device from List next to the Parent Name box.
  9. Click All.
  10. Select the desired parent device from the list that appears and click OK.
  11. Click Next.
    The Targets & Accounts window appears.
  12. When selecting the rollout targets from the autodiscovery you have two possibilities to do so:
    1. You can select the targets from a general list displaying all autodiscovered devices.

      The tab is the preselected tab when the window is opened. It displays the list of all devices found by all devices executing autodiscoveries in the network.

      1. Select the device/devices to be added to the list by highlighting the different devices and moving them to the Selected Devices list to the right via Add

        Remember

        You can select a maximum of 18 devices for your rollout with the evaluation license. The evaluation license allows you to test with a total of 20 devices, and you already installed the master and probably at least one relay.

        Attention

        You cannot add the master as a target device.

      2. Click OK to add the selected devices and close the window.

    2. You can select the targets from the autodiscovered list of a specific device.

      1. Select the AutoDisc Device tab  in the left window bar.
        The Select a Device window appears.

      2. Click All and then select the device that carried out the autodiscovery, (that is, the parent relay in this example).
        The Available Devices box now displays the list of all devices found.

      3. Select the device/devices to be added to the list by highlighting the different devices and moving them to the Selected Devices list to the right via Add.

        Remember

          You can select a maximum of 18 devices for your rollout with the evaluation license. The evaluation license allows you to test with a total of 20 devices, and you already installed the master and probably at least one relay.

        Attention

         You cannot add the master as a target device.

      4. Click OK to add the selected devices and close the window.

  13. Click Add Administrator .

  14. Enter the required data for the account login into the respective boxes.

  15. Click Verify Rollout to ensure that the entered account data is correct.

  16. Click OK and then Finish.

  17. In the Confirmation dialog box, select the Go to Rollout  to change the focus of the console window to the new rollout. Click Yes to confirm the immediate activation.

  18. If you did not check the Go to Rollout box at the end of the wizard, select the newly created rollout in the left tree hierarchy and then its Servers subnode.
    In the Assigned Schedule tab you can follow the general progress of the client rollout assignment.

  19. After this value reads Executing select the Targets tab to follow progress of each individual target through the Status column (initial status is Initial and final stage should be Installed).

You have now rolled out the CM agent to a specific subnet of your infrastructure.


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