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Safe-Guarding Servers from Software Distribution, at the Application Level

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 10, 2000


by Dana Daugherty

The Scariest part of software distribution is the possibility of damaging a NT server by accidentally installing a software package meant for a workstation. A mistake like this could cause you to loose credibility with your co-workers, your boss or even your job. I'll share a SMS Installer script that will stop an install cold if it accidentally starts on a server.

The Scariest part of software distribution is the possibility of damaging a NT server by accidentally installing a software package meant for a workstation. A mistake like this could cause you to loose credibility with your co-workers, your boss or even your job.

There are ways to isolate the workstations you want to distribute to via SMS queries. SMS can fail you though because of the problem with duplicate SMS IDs and .lkp problems. You can also specify a platform (Win 95, Win 98, Win 9x, NT) on the environment tab of a program's properties (Packages Tree\ package name\programs\program properties). You can not however, differentiate from NT Server and NT Workstation. A real short-coming if you ask me. It's best to use SMS query techniques to distribute software only to the PCs that you want to receive it but also use this program as an out just in case. 

As you can see when you read my script it first checks for the llsrvmgr.exe (NT license server) if it finds this file it displays a dialog box "Wrong Platform" and immediately exits the program, if not it checks for winword.exe (Ms Word). If Word is found it continues, I call the program I want to run. Incidentally, my company doesn't' have Word installed on any server, you may want to use another application here.

Note- SMS Installer must be installed on your system to read, edit and recompile this script. Take a look at the SMS Admin Guide if you need a quick overview of SMS Installer.

Download SMS Installer Script

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