There are several options for deploying the PIAB client:
|Installed Client||Uses a conventional setup.exe|
|Run-Once Client||Uses a self-executing zip file, for web-deployment, one-time or occasional use|
|Portable Client||Uses a self-executing zip file, for installing on a USB key|
|Custom Client Installer||The client setup.exe packaged with local customisations|
From Version 3.3, this is the recommended way to deploy the client. This uses the conventional client installer setup.exe (e.g. piabpe-client-3.3.1.005.exe) to install the client to the normal 'Program Files' location. This normally requires local Administrator permissions.
The client installer setup.exe program is available from your client page on the PIAB website, and by default is available for download from the Enteprise Hub 'Resources' web page.
After install you will normally need to configure the client for your setup e.g. set the server URL, client options etc. Also you can specify some install options using command line arguments and supply a setup.ini file plus other custom supporting files.
Please see: KB0000063 Setting Installed Client Options.
Using a set of scripts you can package the client for deployment via a web page. There are two types of deployment:
The PIAB client is a .NET 'Files-Only' system, and so can be easily deployed directly from a web page e.g. the PIAB Enterprise Hub or your intranet. The advantage over using the conventional installer is that you can pre-load the client with your choice of settings e.g. server URL and client options.
Please see: KB0000061 Configuring the Download Clients
For advanced users who are are prepared to edit and run command scripts, we have also provided a sub-system for packaging up the conventional setup.exe client installer together with local customisation files, into a single self-executing zip file that can be deployed in a similar way to the 'Run-Once' and 'Portable' clients.
Please see: KB0000064 Custom Client Installer