About Deployment Image
The deployment image is created by the system administrators for installing the application with the same installation configuration on multiple machines. The installation configuration includes the installation location, features, shortcuts, and so on. Once created, you will be able to double-click Setup.exe available in the deployment image to install the application with the set configuration without the need of any user interaction or internet connection for component downloads. The deployment image folder can also be moved to a shared location so that all users of the organization can directly execute the installation from there; the administrator can use this shared location in the Software Distribution System for installation of the product.The deployment image can be shared in the network as a UNC path or pushed using SMS/SCCM.
Advantages of Using a Deployment Image
- Internet connection is not required.
- Separate pre-requisite pack or set of packages before installing product are not required.
- The installation location can be decided and set in deployment image. Once defined, the product will be installed at the same location on all the machines.
- The components to be installed are preselected at the time of creating deployment image. This results in all machines having exactly same set of installations.
Contents of Deployment Image
The deployment image contains all the files that are packaged with the product as well as the downloadable files. The image does not analyze the system on which it is created. It simply saves all the components for installation. The deployment image also saves the installation configuration.