NetSupport DNA provides a multi-delivery option for software distribution.
A software distribution package is created by either applying parameters to a collection of files or folders or by using the DNA application packager – recording the user prompts, keystrokes and mouse clicks that are used during a test installation, and then automating these on a live deployment to bypass the need for operator intervention.
Once created, the application package can be automatically “pushed” to the target PCs in the school for deployment or, alternatively, it can be “published”. Once published, a user can check to see which applications are available for their PC, based on their faculty, and “pull” these down on demand.
NetSupport DNA also includes a Scheduling feature that allows packages to be deployed on a specific date and time – usually out of core school hours when network traffic is at its lowest.
With remote deployments such as multi-site schools, the need to minimise network traffic congestion becomes a priority. In this case, NetSupport DNA allows a client PC, ideally local to the target machines, to be nominated as a distribution point. When the software is deployed, rather than being sent to each remote PC directly, it is just sent to the designated PC which then acts as a relay and redistributes it to its local PCs.
IT teams can also view a handy report that shows whether there were any errors during the install or if the applications were installed successfully. This feature helps you ensure that all staff/students have all the applications they need and quickly highlights whether any users are missing apps or have not installed any apps that are available to them, thereby boosting productivity levels. Plus, the ‘Search facility’ added into Software Packages makes it easier to find what you are looking for!