Deployment is the process or collection activities that make a system available for use.

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The corporate benefits of using MSI files

What are the advantages of using .msi files over regular setup.exe files? I have the impression that deployment is easier on machines where users have few permissions, but not sure about the ...
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Automatically Configure New Computers

My company is in the process of upgrading all of our users from old Windows XP computers to newer quad-core Win7 computers. This is a good thing - it's long overdue that we upgrade our workstations - ...
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Automating server deployment

I find i am constantly settings up pretty much nearly identical servers and VPSs for a number of my clients and it can be very time consuming. Often the only thing that changes between each deployment ...
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Supervisor not loading new configuration files

I have a problem deploying Django app using Gunicorn and Supervisor. While I can make Gunicorn serving my app (by setting proper PYTHONPATH and running apropriate command, the one from supervisord ...
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Uninstall legacy versions of Office when deploying Office 365 Pro Plus

In volume licensed editions of Office (ones with an MSI deployment), you can use OCT to create a package that will remove previous versions of Office when the new version is deployed. Office 365 Pro ...
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How to deploy Windows-8 Enterprise Apps to other users?

Windows-8 (Metro) Apps can be installed using "sideloading", bypassing the Windows store in enterprise environments. In principle this is easy: Once you enabled sideloading (which is automatically ...
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How do you do production IIS website depoys?

So, not sure if this is a Stack Overflow or a Server Fault question. If I have a .NET website that I want to deploy to the production environment, what's the best way to do so. Should I package it ...
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What dir should I deploy Rails apps into?

What would be a reasonable and logical directory into which to deploy my production Rails apps on a Linux system? Some candidates... /var/rails <= There's a /var/www so this would be consistent ...
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How can I convince my IT manager to upgrade the enterprise from IE6 to a newer browser?

We've already rolled out Windows XP SP2 (no hope of going to Vista or Windows 7 in the foreseeable future unfortunately) across the enterprise and our latest internal roll-out actually incorporates ...
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Open Source PDF reader for windows as an alternative to Adobe reader

With the latest javascript vulnerabilities in Adobe reader and bloat it has aquired over the years, I've been thinking of moving the network I'm in charge of to a different product for PDF reading on ...
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How to convince management to deploy to Virtual Machines

How would you 'sell' using VMs for production application servers? What are the compelling benefits in using them in that situation? I have to maintain a number of applications that are critical but ...
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Upstart: allowing a normal user to stop and start my custom service

I have got my webserver application starting on boot using upstart. This is the upstart script: # web app node upstart file at /etc/init/webapp.conf description "web application" start on started ...
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Which media was used to install Windows 7

I need to find out if a deployment of Windows 7 to a network was done with OEM, Retail, Volume or VL (VLK) media. I need to know which product was used in case it is what is causing some licensing ...
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improve our deployment strategy

We have an ecommerce app that we develop at our company. Its a reasonably standard LAMP application that we have been developing on and off for about 3 years. We develop the application on a testing ...
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Web Deploy to IIS 7 with Pass-through authentication

After much trial and error configuration, I'm currently able to script msdeploy.exe to deploy a package built in Visual Studio 2010 to a remote server running IIS 7.5 with a command line like: Basic ...
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What are the popular (free?) options for application deployment?

I manage a small school network with about 150 machines. I am looking for an easy way to deploy software to all the machines without having to visit each one. I've used Symantec Ghost to get the ...
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Deploying Files To Multiple Servers

We have a central repository of files in say server-1 at /srv/www. Then we have N number of servers as well. We want server-1 to be able to deploy its files in /srv/www to all servers as quickly and ...
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What is the point of staging?

I thought I'd worked this out, but after reading Continuous Delivery (excellent book) I'm a little confused. They talk about having servers for: development various forms of automated tests user ...
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How do you deploy your .NET Web Application? (Recommendations, please!)

We've recently upgraded our ASP.NET Website to a Web Application and we're shocked by the sudden leap in difficulty when deploying it. Considering how common a task this must be, I was wondering what ...
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How to mark every deploy in munin?

Anyone knows if it's possible to mark every deploy with a red vertical line in munin graphs? It will be great to debug possible performance holes in the code. Thanks in advance!
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open source implementations of the blue/green deployment pattern [closed]

Martin Fowler defines blue-green deployment here: http://martinfowler.com/bliki/BlueGreenDeployment.html The general idea is that website deployment is done by creating an independent instance of ...
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Application deployment with Puppet

I'm new to Puppet and while I've been using *nix systems for many years, I've never worked as a sysadmin or in ops. I'm currently writing Puppet manifests for hosting a set of (PHP/MySQL/MongoDB, ...
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What is the difference, if any, between Web Deployment Tool 2.1 and Web Deployment Tool 2.1 for Hosting Servers?

Microsoft's Web Platform Installer lists "Web Deployment Tool 2.1" with a release date of 4/11/2011, and "Web Deployment Tool 2.1 for Hosting Servers" with a release date of 4/8/2011. As far as I can ...
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Benefits of all-in-one

A large organization(1500+ users, with 5 locations) is planning to refresh desktop hardware. Is there any benefits going with an all-in-one desktop where the screen, CPU, disk drive, CD/DVD are in ...
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I deployed Flash Player via a Software Installation policy. How to upgrade?

I have a Windows Server 2008 machine as my DC. Earlier this year I created a Software Installation GPO to deploy Adobe Flash Player plugin MSI. I assigned the policy to the computers, about half run ...
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How is software deployed via Active Directory?

What are the steps required for deploying a software package via Active Directory / GPO?
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Hardware independent computer imaging

Where I work we deploy a lot of computers to staff and we try to keep them all roughly the same. Presently we take each new machine type we get, configure it the way we want, and then take an image ...
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How to deploy applications (in .tar.gz) with Puppet?

I'm a beginner with Puppet and I would like to know if I'm on the right way to deploy applications with Puppet. The applciations are in a tar.gz file which contains a file with the version number. ...
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What's the best practice of mass Linux system deployment?

If you are trying to install 500 Linux system through network installation at the same time, the bottleneck would be the NFS/HTTP/FTP or whatever server holds files you need for installation. IMO, ...
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Have you found Power-Over-Ethernet to be an effective solution for the enterprise?

I've noticed that quite a many VOIP phones support PoE. While the idea seems great in principle (no worrying about power adapters anywhere), have you found it to be effective for enterprise-wide ...
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automated installs vs. drive imaging

What are the pros and cons of deploying via automated installs vs. drive imaging? For Windows I know there are issues around SID generation when cloning drives. Are there any similar issues for ...
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Deploy our own software using Puppet?

(Apologies in advance for the stupidity in this question. I'm normally a programmer, not a sysadmin, but I've taken it upon myself to automate some things, and clean up some other things which are ...
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Upgrade software package installed with GPO

Since recently I have been using AD policies to deploy software packages through GPO on a small domain. This had been working well, but I am not sure what is the correct procedure for upgrading a ...
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Why don't I have Deploy actions available in IIS 7 Manager?

I'm currently investigating options to script automated deployment of an ASP.NET web app. Using MSBuild I can create a package and import it manually or by script into a server running IIS 7. ...
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IIS7 - Web Deployment Tool - SetParam/SetParamFile to set http and https bindings + Cert

we're currently using the MS Web Deployment Tool to sync a live website and some WebServices from a staging box to two live servers. The staging box hosts the site on any IP on port 17000, whereas ...
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How to set up Cobbler with Puppet or Cfengine?

I've heard a lot about using Cobbler together with Puppet/Cfengine for rapid deployment & configuration. Can you point me to some tutorials or share you experience of how you do it? Would also ...
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Production deployment to EC2 with minimal downtime

I have a simple web application deployed on a large instance with EC2. I now want to deploy the latest code to this server but I want to do this in a way which minimizes downtime and is a smooth as ...
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Managing self-updating Windows software in GPO-deployed packages

Being very new to Windows software distribution for a small network (<50 clients) I was wondering how software packages like Adobe's Reader or Java are handled. I can deploy them as MSIs via group ...
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Test-driven development for infrastructure deployments?

I've been using puppet for deployment of infrastructure, and most of the work I do is with Web 2.0 companies who are heavily into test-driven development for their web application. Does anyone here ...
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Fully automated software deployment and update system [closed]

My office has about 120 Windows clients. We need a way to deploy and update free/downloadable software like Flash, Firefox, Skype etc.. This means that we want our clients to always have the latest ...
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How to set only specific nginx server block into maintenance mode programmatically

I am looking for a solution to automate one of our application's deployment process. In the beginning of deployment, I would like to programmatically set the specified server into maintenance mode and ...
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Get list of transferred files from rsync?

I'm currently using rsync on a script that deploys a PHP application from a staging to a production server. Here is how: rsync -rzai --progress --stats --ignore-times --checksum /tmp/app_export/ ...
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Should you replace a whole department's PCs or half?

Our department are replacing the PCs that are over 3 years old. However, despite the age of the PCs, they're all similarly spec'd, so a 3 year old PC is still the same similar spec as a 1 year old ...
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Using DNS to push out new versions of web application

I'm thinking of pushing out new versions of our web application using a DNS. We are currently hosting our application using EC2 so my thinking is that we can launch a new instance, deploy the new ...
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Automatically install Microsoft Update utility

I work in an environment with a variety of hardware, so we usually use automated installs and group policy instead of drive imaging for deployment of Windows 7. One step we always have to do manually ...
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.Net Application Deployment

I'm writing a windows forms application to be sold to small to mid-size corporations and be used by users on a LAN. To make it easier for network administrators, I'm thinking of using .Net 3.5 SP1 ...
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Using Puppet to install software “bundles”

We're in the process of researching a configuration/systems management implementation and we've done quite a lot of demoing of Puppet. Puppet seems to excel at the somewhat simple "ensure this ...
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Unable to use “Web deploy” on Windows Server 2012 HTTP ERROR 404.7

I am using Windows server 2012 and Web Deploy 3.5. When I try to publish from Visual Studio I get 404 and suggests to follow the following link ...
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Best method to clone a Windows server?

I have a Windows Server 2012 production server I am running with RDS set up. I want to copy everything I have done to set up this RDS server (user profiles, files, settings, etc) and make a second ...
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Best way to deploy ubuntu onto 100s of laptops?

I'm deploying a few hundred laptops next year. I want them to be dual boot machines, and have the windows side of things worked out using sysprep. For the second OS I want to use Ubuntu, but am ...