You can deploy packages to managed devices to install software remotely using the appliance.
You can distribute applications, updates, and files from the appliance to managed devices. In addition, you can use Wake-on-LAN to power on devices remotely.
Software can be distributed from the appliance to Agent-managed Windows, Mac, and Linux devices.
TIP: Software distribution is available for items on the Software page and for Agent-managed devices only. It is not available for items on the Software Catalog page, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) software, or Agentless devices.
The figure shows a high-level example of a software distribution process. You can modify this process as needed.
Figure 10. Software distribution procedure
Before distributing software to a large number of managed devices, test the deployment on a small but representative group of devices to verify that the package is compatible with target operating systems and other applications.
When the appliance distributes software to managed devices, it verifies that a package is designated for a particular device or operating system. However, the appliance cannot assess the software's compatibility with other software on the device. As a result, you should develop a process for testing all deployments.
For example, you could create a test group by applying a label to devices used for testing. Then deploy the required application to the test group using the label before you go deploy to the larger group of devices. This practice helps you to verify the compatibility of the application with the operating system and other applications in your test group. For more information about labeling devices, see Add or edit manual labels.
This section focuses primarily on the test, target, and deploy portions of the process. For more information about managing inventory, see Managing applications on the Software page.
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