Software Deployment Question
Multiple Managed Installations of Same Software
We have a KACE 1000 appliance ver 5.3 and use Symantec Endpoint Protection as our AV. We have different installers for desktops and laptops that specify different settings for each. However, since they are the same version number, it only shows up once in our list of software, therefore, I am unable to create two separate managed installs for it because there is only one version of the software to associate the install file to.
Is there any workaround for this or is this just how it is?
Community Chosen Answer
You can actually make them different yourself by adding something to the install. This is usually easily accomplished with a batch file.
Have it run after your install, and you can make it check to make sure the other installation worked. For instance, if exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\SmcGui.exe" <add a custom detail>
It can be as simple as making a registry key of your own that you add as part of the install, and give it a numerical value that you can search for with a custom inventory rule. I often do this to track custom scripts as managed installs, such as installing different VPN profiles for clients. You can make an entry for your own company in HKLM\SOFTWARE\ and add keys to it for anything that you can then search for with a custom inventory rule. This is also nice later, as you can tell what version of your customizations someone has by searching in the KACE.
If you are uncomfortable with the registry and want to get very simple, just have it create a text file with the configuration name and search for that.