ArcGIS 10.1 Enterprise Deployment

This technical paper discusses the enterprise deployment of ArcGIS 10.1 setups using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and Group Policy, including additional system requirements, suggestions, known issues, and Microsoft Software Installation (MSI) command line parameters. Deployment in a lockdown environment is also covered.

ArcGIS 10.1 setups are developed with Microsoft Windows® Installer technology, allowing ArcGIS software products and service packs to be deployed from a central server. With enterprise deployment of ArcGIS products, geographic information system (GIS) managers or system administrators can efficiently plan for and control installations and updates. ArcGIS 10.1 setups can be installed on many machines by deploying the .msi or Setup.exe file directly. Any enterprise deployment tool that supports installation using an .msi file can be used to deploy ArcGIS 10.1 setups. This paper documents the enterprise deployment of ArcGIS 10.1 setups using the Active Directory® Group Policy and SCCM. The examples consider enterprise deployment in a secure lockdown environment as well as by users with administrative control on their machines. Successful enterprise deployment requires good planning and implementation of your system environment. To successfully deploy a Windows Installer package, you should have a solid, in-depth understanding of your chosen enterprise deployment tool.

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