Kinook Software Forums

Go Back   Kinook Software Forums > Visual Build Professional > [VBP] General Discussion

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-02-2003, 10:25 AM
a_t_jackson a_t_jackson is online now
Registered User
Join Date: 03-11-2003
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Posts: 23
Lightbulb How can I use VisualBuild in this environment?

Our main product comprises several client-server applications. We use Visual Builder for creating each application, which normally ship as a suite of standard installers which clients deploy on their PCs.

For another product we provide a Win2k PC with all our applications pre-installed (a master image is replicated on all HDD shipped from the factory).

Creating the master image is a pain. At the moment one guy manually builds the image by running each of our application installers onto a clean Win2K OS, and then making a few other registry hacks. This must be frequently repeated during the QA process as applications are re-released.

Ideally I want a script that silently gets each installer (or just EXEs / DLLs etc) from VSS and deploys / runs on the clean HDD, and also makes the other registry changes. But I don't want VSS or VisBuilder on the master image. So can a have a script run remotely? Any other ideas?
Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 04:22 PM
kinook kinook is online now
Join Date: 03-06-2001
Location: Colorado
Posts: 5,837
You may be able to achieve a remote initialization by creating a build project and running it from another machine with VisBuildPro on it that:

1) Gets the necessary files out of SourceSafe, either onto the remote box, or
1a) Uses the Copy Files action to deploy the install executables to the remote box.
2) Remotely execute the installers via psExec -- see the Server.bld sample. Things are a little tricker if the application you want to run remotely needs to display a GUI -- see 'Tutorials -> Samples -> Server.bld Sample' in the manual for more details.
3) Use the Write Registry action to remotely update the registry (supported in version 5.0). Of course, the Remote Registry service will need to be running on the remote computer.
4) Some of the built-in actions also support processing on a remote computer (for instance, COM+ and Service).
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:56 PM.

Copyright 1999-2021 Kinook Software, Inc.