While Microsoft SCCM is nice for deploying software, sometimes you just need a quick and dirty solution for installing simple apps, such as installing Google Chrome, remotely and silently. PDQDeploy comes to the rescue for this. There are free and pro versions of the software. The free version doesn’t include multi-step conditionals or retry-until-online operations, but is otherwise fully functional.
It’s so mind numblingly simple too…make a new package, point it to the MSI file, it figures out the command parameters to use itself and then you click save. That’s it. You can then target specific computers directly or use a TXT file of computer names.
For programs that are not MSI based: Google’s search engine comes to the rescue for us. Internet Explorer 11 upgrade? Sure, here you go: IE11-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe /quiet /norestart /update-no. You can even get around the multi-step conditional limitation by creating your own VBScript or Powershell script.
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