As an all-around IT professional, it can be difficult to keep up with the thousands of different programs to be installed not to mention the best software deployment practices to help installation and deployment run smoothly. While there are plenty of resources and sites out there that can assist in deployment practices, here are four deployment skills that every IT professional should know:
Preparation is key when you need a smooth transition with software deployment. To prepare your deployment sites, make sure to provide the activation codes and procedures to your team ahead of time. It also might be helpful to use a spreadsheet to calculate how many antennas, access points, servers, switches and other tools you will need. And don’t forget to always test access points before deployment. To learn more about deployment tips visit Dell here.
Be sure to involve a support team and network of other IT individuals with specialties in content, logistics, connectivity and, of course, the software. It is also a good idea to prepare those who will be using the newly deployed system—employees, managers, etc.—with training about the new software. Keep everyone up to speed on the process and progress of the project.
Should a problem arise or the original project brings in someone new after years of work, it is helpful to document your methods. This includes any spread sheets you created during the previous two stages, as well as documentation of the procedure of how to the set up and design the internal network infrastructure.
While the three tips listed above are helpful and basic, there are a few programs that you will simply need to familiarize yourself with—these are ones that almost every IT professional will need to deploy often. It’s simply a good idea to get familiar with the basic processes and requirements for these programs, since they will need to be installed often.
Adobe Flash Player, for example, is one program that you’ll deploy again and again. Keeping up to date with the latest version of this software is important, as older versions may leave security vulnerabilities wide open in your system. You can find detailed accounts of how to deploy this software easily on IT forums like ITNinja. One hint that may save you some time is to download the .MSI here and then edit the .MSI with Orca to set the property ISCHECKFORPRODUCTUPDATES to 0 to disable auto update feature. Knowing these practices for Adobe Flash Player will make the deployment easier as well as remove previous versions and block those annoying automatic update notifications.
Software Deployment Practices
The practices of preparation, documentation, and group involvement are all essential skills to have for each IT project. For the all-around IT professional, these skills can save valuable time and frustration when deploying new software or replacing what another IT professional may have done. And knowing how to deploy and bypass annoying deployment features in Adobe Flash Player can save time and stress throughout the rest of the project.
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