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EMCO Remote Installer - What's New in Version 4.0

Below you can find a list of the latest product releases. Click on the release version to see what new features, improvements and bug-fixes appeared in a particular release.
 Release: 4.1 | 4.0 | 3.10 | 3.9 | 3.6
Please note that the list of versions only contains the versions defined as major updates. Changes from minor and bug-fix releases are represented here as changes to the corresponding major update versions that include those changes.

Version 4.0.7 (November 30, 2012)

New and improved features

The below features were first introduced or significantly improved in this release:

  • Introduced an option to perform Quick Software Scan
  • Added an option to group inventory info by the application type
  • Reorganized the main application actions to improve the application usability

Resolved issues

This release contains a number of resolved issues the most important of which are listed below:

  • The error is reported when a new Scan Software task is created or scheduled

Version 4.0.5 (November 28, 2012)

Brand-new software audit engine

The new software audit engine allows you to retrieve the same information from remote PCs as available in their Windows Programs and Features views. The collected information is displayed by the application on the Software Inventory, Inventory Snapshots and Snapshots History tabs. On the Software Inventory tab, you can see aggregated audit info for the selected PC(s). By default, the audit info is grouped by software publisher and application name, so for every application you can see the PCs where the application is installed. You can select different groups of PCs or even the whole network to get an aggregated software inventory report for them.

Install/uninstall customization

You can customize remote MSI installation and uninstallation operations according to your needs. The application now offers the following customization options:

  • Deploying an MSI package with applied MST transformations
  • Passing custom properties to Windows installer upon installation/uninstallation
  • Importing registry files and running executable files, script files, Power Shell scripts and Shell commands before/after an MSI installation
  • Customizing the Windows Installer Log results

Install, uninstall and software scan tasks

If you need to repeat the same remote operation multiple times, you can create and configure a task once, then execute it any time when required. Tasks include all required settings, such as a set of target PCs and remote operation parameters (MSI files and customization options for remote installation, for example), so they can be executed immediately with no configuration steps required. This feature is available in the Professional edition of the application.

Remote operations scheduling

You can create remote installation, uninstallation and software scanning tasks and schedule them for automatic execution by the application. You can schedule tasks either for one-time execution at a specified date/time or for recurrent execution, for example, every day at a specified time. You can, for instance, schedule recurrent execution of software scanning tasks to always have up-to-date software inventory info. This feature is available in the Professional edition of the application.

Dynamic targets for remote operations

Now it's possible to use both static and dynamic targets for remote operations. Static targets mean a list of PCs where the operation should be executed. The newly introduced dynamic targets mean dynamic sets of PCs that satisfy specified conditions. For example, you can execute a remote operation on all PCs that belong to a particular Organizational Unit in AD. You can specify a condition (it's called Machine Query) to target all the PCs that satisfy this condition. You can use Machine Queries to define targets for remote operations and tasks in the Professional edition of the application.

MSI uninstallation from multiple PCs

Using the Professional edition of the application, you can uninstall one or multiple MSI packages from one or multiple remote PCs in scope of a single operation. For example, you can uninstall a particular application installed as an MSI package from all the PCs across a local network.

Advanced MSI installation options

There are also some new installation options that can be helpful in different cases of software deployment in enterprise networks:

  • You can distribute the installation to be deployed from the PC where the application is running or from a network share. Distribution from shares can help you to save the network bandwidth and optimize the deployment time.
  • In the Professional edition of the application, you can use the advanced options to install different MSI files on remote PCs depending on the Windows platform (x86 or x64) they run.

New and improved features

The below features were first introduced or significantly improved in this release:

  • An improved network enumeration engine that can collect network information from Active Directory
  • Improved logging to generate detailed error messages in case of problems and provide troubleshooting information
Product Facts

Did you know that Remote Installer allows you to silently install/uninstall MSI-based applications across your entire pool of remote computers with just a few clicks?

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