Network Deployments of HURREVAC

HURREVAC Tech Note 4 - updated 6/16/2017

How to advertise the MSI install package and deploy state-specific plug-ins.

Advertising versus Installing

As a Visual Studio.NET creation, HurrevacSetup.msi is capable of operating as an 'advertised' install where Windows Installer advertises the availability of an application without actually installing it. The program installs when a user(limited or full rights) clicks on his Hurrevac desktop shortcut for the first time. IMPORTANT: The HurrevacSetup.msi package must be present in its advertised location in order for the user's installation to succeed.

Please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/870716 if you need additional information on working with Window Installer and advertised packages.

In-Program Customizations

State-specific plug-ins and local configuration settings are normally handled by the individual user making selections within the HURREVAC interface. However, if you are a network administrator wishing to include uniform plug-in and local configurations as part of the deployment:

  1. Create a 'Master' set of configuration files and plug-in folders by running HURREVAC on one machine and making appropriate in-program selections on the various tabs of the Setup panel
  2. Close the program and then make a copy of the Current User Application Data folder for HURREVAC-- C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Hurrevac2010
  3. Overwrite the 'template' Hurrevac2010 data folder in C:\ProgramData\Hurrevac2010 with a copy of the one you have just modified.
  4. When users run Hurrevac2010 for the first time, the All Users 'template' folder is used to populate the Current User Application Data folder.

As of version 1.2.1 (the 2012 Season Release), there is an additional option provided for sharing certain aspects of HURREVAC's setup between machines.

The Export and Import buttons make it possible to share your HURREVAC setup preferences with other computers via portable XML files. When settings are imported, the new selections are made visible on each of the tabs but not actually implemented until you press Apply.

During Export, options (as shown below) are presented to save some or all settings in the XML file.