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IT Personnel looking to understand the technical footprint of the Q-Pulse system.
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As an N-tier database application, Q-Pulse can be deployed with a great deal of flexibility across your network. The tiers can reside anywhere from a single desktop to servers and clients around the world. Whether you require Q-Pulse running on a single local area network serving a user base of 50 people or across multiple time zones on a wide area network with thousands of users, there is a deployment option to support your organisation.
The installation and deployment of Q-Pulse is performed via Windows Installer, the component of the Windows Server operating systems that simplifies the application installation process. This means that application deployment tools that support MSI files can be used to deploy the tool. These tools include SMS and Group Policy.
1. Client Deployment Options
ClickOnce is a deployment technology that allows you to deploy self-updating Windows-based applications that can be installed and run with minimal user interaction.
By installing the Q-Pulse ClickOnce client onto the server, the application can then be copied automatically to client workstations. With the release of a new version, updates to the server installation will ensure that the latest version will be installed when a client next connects.
By being able to deploy Q-Pulse more quickly and easily throughout the organisation, the option for ClickOnce deployment reduces IT commitment to deployment beyond initial system installation and removes the need for administrator permissions to install applications.
In addition, ClickOnce deployment ensures that your Q-Pulse configuration can be easily and effectively replicated throughout the organisation, improving software control within the organisation, and increases the ease with which deployed applications can be updated to provide seamless upgrade deployment.
Looking for steps on how to use ClickOnce? Visit How to Install the Q-Pulse Client via ClickOnce or How to Upgrade Q-Pulse via ClickOnce for more details.
1.2. Group Policy
Group Policy can also be used to deploy the Q-Pulse client. This gives your IT team control over the deployment and also means they are fully responsible for building and managing the deployment package.
Looking for details on how to deploy via group policy? Visit How to Install the Q-Pulse Client via Group Policy for details.