After you have created the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) data collection package (DCP), you must deploy the DCP to the Configuration Manager 2007 collection that contain the computers you plan to evaluate.
You must select the appropriate method to deploy the DCPs. The following list displays the methods you can choose from:
- Configuration Manager 2007 software
distribution. Use the software deployment feature in
Configuration Manager 2007 to deploy the DCPs to Configuration
Manager 2007 client computers. The only requirement is that the
computers must be Configuration Manager 2007 clients. For more
information about using Configuration Manager 2007 software
distribution, see Software Distribution in
- Group Policy Software Installation.
Use the Group Policy Software Installation feature of Active
Directory in Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server
to deploy the DCPs. The only requirement is that the client
computers must belong to the Active Directory forest. To use Group
Policy to distribute the DCPs, create an .msi package for each
- Logon scripts. Use logon scripts in
Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server to initiate
the installation of the DCPs. The only requirement is that a user
must log on to a domain from the client computers.
- Non-Microsoft deployment software. If
the organization has a non-Microsoft software deployment
infrastructure, use that method to deploy the DCPs. For information
on the requirements of the non-Microsoft deployment software,
consult the software vendor.
- Manual distribution. For computers
that either are not connected to the network or have slow network
connections, such as small branch offices, manual distribution
methods are available. These methods include distributing the
collection packages through email or on physical media such as a
USB flash device or CD.
The method you use for deploying the data collection package is largely based on the existing infrastructure. The preference of deployment methods is as follows:
- If the organization has a Configuration
Manager 2007 infrastructure, Configuration Manager 2007 is the most
appropriate method for deploying the data collection package.
- If the organization has an Active Directory
infrastructure, use Group Policy Software Installation.
- If the organization has an identity and
authentication infrastructure other than Active Directory, such as
Windows domains, use logon scripts.
- When the software deployment infrastructure
is based on a non-Microsoft product, use that method.
For more information about configuring and deploying the data collection packages, see Planning in then Technical Library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91593).