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Ghost Applications & Madeploy

5 posts in General Discussion Last posting was on 2002-08-06 04:11:58.0Z
Benjie Posted on 2002-08-01 09:33:44.0Z
From: Benjie
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 05:33:44 -0400
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I want to develop my knowledge more for the MAS. If you could help me by
giving me more details about deploying by the use of Ghost Applications and
Madeploy, it would be a very good thing for me. I'm starting to know more
about this application. I hope you could help me. Thanks in advance!


Raymond_Kwong Posted on 2002-08-01 14:15:35.0Z
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Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 10:15:35 -0400
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I'll answer half of the question first.

Deploying Through madeploy.exe

You can use the Madeploy.exe program included with Manage Anywhere Studio
to automate the Manage Anywhere Agent installation through network login
scripts.

Simply take the Madeploy.exe program and the Setup.exe created by the
Deploy Agent Wizard and place them in the location on a network share
accessible to the PC.

To install the agent through a login script, simply execute the
Madeploy.exe program. Once executed, by a PC running the login script, the
Madeploy program will first check to see to if the PC has the agent
software installed. If the agent is not installed, Madeploy will the
execute the setup.exe program on the PC.

If the agent is installed, the Madeploy program will check to see if the
setup.exe is a newer version than the agent on the PC. If it is, it will
upgrade the agent to the newest version.

When it becomes necessary to upgrade an agent, all that is needed is to
replace the setup.exe on the network share with the newer one.

Additional instructions for using Madeploy with Windows NT domains can be
found below:

*Take madeploy.exe and place it in the \\<your PDC server>\netlogon share.

*Take the SETUP.exe from the Program Files\Sybase\Manage Anywhere\Archive
directory and also place it in the netlogon share.

*if you already have a logon script, simply add a command to execute the
madeploy.exe using the following syntax:

%0\..\madeploy.exe (This will cause the command to be executed from the
default netlogon directory and will automatically find the setup.exe in the
same location.

*If you do not already have a logon script then create a batch file (logon
script) in that same directory, (if one does not already exist) and write
it to execute the MAdeploy.exe tool using the same syntax as above. Then
set all users in "User Manager" to run this batch file logon script.

*If you have more than one domain controller in your NT domain, turn on NT
Server Directory Replication from within Server Manager for all Domain
Controllers. Verify that this works first and that all netlogon shares on
your domain controllers are replicating all files from the PDC.

Raymond Kwong
iAnywhere Solutions


Raymond_Kwong Posted on 2002-08-02 23:28:34.0Z
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Now the remaining half of the answers about preparing disk images with
Manage Anywhere agents.

Each agent has a unique "Node ID" that they use to report to the Command
server. The most common problem associated with disk imaging derives from
the fact that multiple systems could end up with the same Node ID. While
this issue can be relatively easy to resolve, it can snarl otherwise
perfect deployments and can be avoided by following the simple directions
contained below.

To resolve this:

When using disk imaging technology such as Ghost to deploy the Manage
Anywhere agent, a few extra steps need to be performed in order to properly
prepare the system for imaging:

First completely prepare the system as you normally would, including
installing the Mobile Automation Agent. Once the system is configured and
just before you shut the system down to create the image, please follow the
instructions below:


Unload the Manage Anywhere Agent.

Open the Registry Editor.

Find the registry key "HKLM\Software\Mobile Automation\Mobile
Automation\3.0\NodeID".

Edit the registry key so that the value contains no data.

Delete the registry key "HKLM\Software\Mobile Automation\Mobile
Automation\3.0\Devices".

Close the Registry Editor

Delete the ma_dmi.dat file located in the \Manage Anywhere folder on the
computer's hard disk.

Shut down the PC and create the image taking care not to load the Operating
System or restart the Manage Anywhere Agent. If you do reload the OS or the
Manage Anywhere Agent, you will need to perform the preparatory steps
again.


Once the NodeID is removed, the agent will detect this the next time it is
restarted and regenerate a new one. This will give the agent a globally
unique GUID to use when reporting into the server.

The removal of the devices key is especially important if the PC that you
are imaging has had any supported PDA devices attached to it during the
build process. If for instance, a Palm was installed on the system and the
agent has detected it, then that palm device would appear in the inventory
of all of the imaged systems.

Finally, the deletion of the ma_dmi.dat file will ensure that the hardware
inventory is accurate for the newly imaged computers.


Benjie Posted on 2002-08-05 14:48:51.0Z
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Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2002 10:48:51 -0400
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I'm quite confused, is MAS considered to be a "Ghost Application"? I've
managed to set the Madeploy successfully, but about Ghost Application, I'm
not sure about this...


Raymond_Kwong Posted on 2002-08-06 04:11:58.0Z
From: Raymond_Kwong
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2002 00:11:58 -0400
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Manage Anywhere is not the "ghost application" itself. I had anticipated
your question to be one about deployment of OS disk images created by ghost
applications such as Norton Ghost with the Agent already installed there
because of the unique attributes like NodeIDs for each machine.

If that's not the case could you please clarify your original question on
Manage Anywhere and Ghost Applications?