MailStore Outlook Add-in Deployment


Using a software distribution system, MailStore Outlook Add-in can be distributed among the users’ computers automatically. To be able to do so, the distribution system must be able to execute MailStore Outlook Add-in’s setup program without requiring any input or confirmations.

Using Group Policies

Installation

In addition to being installed manually, MailStore Outlook Add-in can also be distributed to all user computers using Active Directory. Once the distribution process is set up successfully, MailStore Outlook Add-in will be installed automatically when the user logs on. This process runs in the background and requires no action on part of the user. Immediately after the distribution, the user can use the MailStore Outlook Add-in as usual.

Example: Setting up distribution in Windows Server 2003

 

 

 

 

Updating

With group policies, the MailStore Outlook Add-in software on the user machines can be updated automatically. To edit an existing MailStore Outlook Add-in deployment group policy so that an automatic update of the clients can be performed, please proceed as follows:

 

 

 

MailStore Outlook Add-in will be updated the next time users log on to their Windows workstations.

To avoid complications when installing software using group policies, the following settings for the MailStore Outlook Add-in Deployment group policy should be adjusted as well:

Configuration

If Mailstore is used within an Active Directory infrastucture, MailStore Client or the MailStore Outlook add-in (starting with MailStore Server 5.x) can be configured using group policies.

For this purpose, group policy templates are available: For domains in Windows 2003 mode or older, there is an ADM-template, for domains in Windows 2008 mode or newer, an ADMX-template. The configuration of MailStore Client and the MailStore Outlook add-in is the same for both templates.

Installing the ADM Template

The ADM-template is used for managing group policies on machines running Windows 2003 Server or older. To install the ADM template, please open the group policy management console. (If the group policy management console is not yet installed on your system, you can download it under http://www.quikbox.com/?gpmc.)

Please proceed as follows:

Installing the ADMX Template

The ADMX-template is used for managing group policies on machines running Windows 2008 Server or newer. To install the template, please open the group policy management console.

Please proceed as follows:

 

Configuring MailStore Outlook Add-In

With the new MailStore Outlook Add-in, you can configure the way the add-in contacts the MailStore Server.

 

Here you define, whether the MailStore Outlook Add-in is shown or hidden by default. Possible values are activate or deactivate.

Here you define, which authentication method should be used for logins.

Possible values are users choice, Default Authentication or Windows Authentication. Windows Authentication is only available in Active Directory environments.

Here you set up the hostname or IP-address of your MailStore Server to which the clients should connect. Should MailStore Web Access configured to listen on other than the default ports (8461/8462), you need to add the port information to the hostname or IP-Address in the format :port.

If you activate this option, the communication between the MailStore Outlook Add-in and your MailStore Server is SSL encrypted. Possible values are activated or deactivated.

If you activate this option, no unencrypted communication is possible with you MailStore Server. You need to make sure, that encrypted communication to you MailStore Server is configured properly.

Uninstalling

For Each Installation Distributed Using Group Policies

Like the distribution, the uninstalling of the software packages can be done using group policies. Please proceed as follows:

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Without using Group Policies

Please refer to this Microsoft’s TechNet article to find more information about the Windows installer and msiexec’s command line parameters.

 



Article ID: 355
Created On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 5:12 AM
Last Updated On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 5:20 AM
Authored by: KB Admin01 [support@agentsupport.net]

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