Fragments of truth
In my case, I wanted to try out something new. As well as Diskeeper Administrator, I had with me CDs for Diskeeper 9 Professional and Diskeeper 9 Server Standard Edition. I also had a network of PCs to install these on and no desire to tramp moodily from machine to machine in order to accomplish this task. Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, one of the features of Diskeeper Administrator is PushInstall, which enables you to install the Administrator software on to any networked machine (a workstation will do as well as a server) and then copy the setup files for whatever versions of Diskeeper you intend to remotely install (Professional, Server Standard or Server Enterprise) into special folders.
Before you can install anything, however, you need to make sure you have added some licences to Diskeeper Administrator so that you can legally distribute your applications. Licences distributed in this way come in volume sets and the prices are worked out based on the number required. Once you have the licence files, you copy them into the Diskeeper Administrator folder, click on the Configure button in the Diskeeper Administrator program and select the Add Licenses link. In my case, I had two licence files to add, one for the Professional Edition and the other for the Server Standard Edition. Each file is individually configured with details such as the licensee’s name and the number of licences you have purchased. Once you start deploying copies of Diskeeper to remote systems, you can return to the Manage Licences section to view how many are in use and how many remain in reserve.
You next select the Diskeeper Deployment section of the application and work your way through the steps needed to do the PushInstall. The first step is to tell Diskeeper Administrator which Diskeeper version you wish to install (you create separate installation routines for each version). At the same time, you can set the package up so that Smart Scheduling is included with the install. Smart Scheduling is a Diskeeper technology that takes the strain out of deciding how often you need to have Diskeeper run in its excellent Set It and Forget It mode, and it works by Diskeeper analysing just how many files get moved around during each defrag. If it discovers that more files are being moved than in the previous defrag, it automatically schedules more frequent defrags. Conversely, if the number of moved files drops, it lengthens the time between defrags. Since Smart Scheduling could potentially cause problems, you can specify at which times you wish it to take place and on which days. I wanted to install Diskeeper Professional Edition onto a couple of workstations initially, and I decided to enable Smart Scheduling at the same time. (Diskeeper also has a screensaver mode for defragging, but I already use that spare time for grid computing on my network.)
Having taken the Smart Scheduling option, the next screen lets me pick the package I want to distribute. By default, it chooses what you placed in the remote installation folders, so all I had to do was click Next again. You then get two choices: either to manually select the systems on which to deploy Diskeeper, or to set criteria that decide which systems get it (for example, by what operating system is present). Clicking on Next now takes you to a screen that uses the standard Explorer-style tree view of your network, where you can browse the machine lists and select the systems to push Diskeeper out to. You can use the default network view, much as you would in My Network Places, but to make life easier you can also place different systems into custom groups for management purposes. You can view the network via custom groups, a domain view, Active Directory Organisational Unit view, and by IP Address Ranges that you create yourself. It is possible to see at a glance how many licences you have available and how many systems you have selected for Diskeeper installation.
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