How to remotely deploy Internet Explorer 9 on your network

Deploy easily the new version of Internet Explorer 9 on your network using RemoteExec 5.

Simple and direct deployment

Easily deploy the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser on chosen computers by following these instructions.

  1. Download the four existing IE 9 packages from the Microsoft Web site
    - IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe
    - IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe
    - IE9-WindowsVista-x64-enu.exe
    - IE9-WindowsVista-x86-enu.exe

  2. Open RemoteExec and go to Remote Jobs/New Remote Job/Multiple actions through the Configuration tree.

    Configuration tree

  3. Click on Add Files to execute/deploy in the Quick access pane. A browser will open. Browse to the four downloaded IE 9 packages, select them and click on Open.

  4. Go to the Target Computers section and select the computers on which you want to deploy IE 9.

  5. You can now start your deployment by clicking on Launch

  6. The Progress window will open in a new tab to permit you to follow the remote operation process.



Advanced deployment

The simplified and direct deployment previously described shows the easiest path possible. This is the full scenario to follow if you want to deploy the required hotfix and Internet Explorer 9.

Requirements

Here is the list of requirements needed to deploy Internet Explorer 9:

  • Windows Vista, Seven, 2008 or 2008 R2 (You cannot install IE 9 on Windows XP or Windows 2003).
  • For Windows Seven and Windows 2008 R2, the KB2454826 is required if you have not yet deploy the Service Pack 1 released in February.
  • This deployment can require a system reboot.

In this article we describe how to build your deployment scenario automatically.

Create your scenario

  1. Download the four existing IE 9 packages from Microsoft Web site and the two KB2454826 hotfixs packages:
    - IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe
    - IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe
    - IE9-WindowsVista-x64-enu.exe
    - IE9-WindowsVista-x86-enu.exe
    - Windows6.1-KB2454826-v2-x64.msu
    - Windows6.1-KB2454826-v2-x86.msu

  2. Open RemoteExec and go to Remote Jobs/New Remote Job/Multiple actions through the Configuration tree.

    Configuration tree

  3. The Quick access pane allows you to add all Remote Actions needed for this deployment scenario. Click on Add a wake up. This System action will be added to the central window. As it’s already pre-set, you’ve nothing else to do: RemoteExec will wake up the target computers1 and wait until an answer is received before performing the next action.

    1: RemoteExec should have automatically scanned the Mac addresses and subnet of Target computers. RemoteExec automatically scans for MAC addresses and subnets at each start-up. You can launch or schedule the scan of MAC addresses during working hours with the Get wake up info Action. You can also check all previously scanned MAC addresses or add manually MAC addresses and subnets in the RemoteExec Options.

  4. Click on Add Files to execute/deploy in the Quick access pane. A browser will open. Browse to the two KB2454826 hotfixs packages. Select them and click on Open.

    RemoteExec will detect the package type as an Update installation action and will set all parameters automatically2.

    2: If the KB2454826 has been already installed, RemoteExec will display a warning message in the Execution Results Windows: Exit code not null (0x240006 The update to be installed is already installed on the system.). Then it will launch the next action.

  5. Click on Add a reboot in the Quick access pane.

  6. As the reboot needs only be done for the computers which just received the hotfixs, double-click on the Reboot action in the list and check the option Reboot only if needed.

  7. Repeat step 4 to add the IE 9 installation files clicking on Add Files to execute/deploy in the Quick access pane.

  8. Add another Reboot action after the IE 9 installation actions. As in step 6, enable the Reboot only if needed check box. IE 9 deployment require a reboot to finalize his installation.

  9. To finish, click on Add a shutdown to power off your computers.

  10. Your whole IE 9 deployment scenario is now complete.

    You can select your Target computers in the third section as wanted: only the machines which can accept the hotfixs or this Internet Explorer version will be processed.

  11. Schedule your Job deployment as explained in a previous article

Want more?

It can be useful to save this scenario deployment for re-use, when you add new computers to your network for example. Once you’ve finished your Multiple actions configuration, select it in the Configuration tree and then click on Save in my Remote Actions through the context menu or the Quick access pane.


Type a name for this Multiple actions in the pop-up and validate. You will be able to use it later in My Remote Actions menu through the Use action in a new remote job command.


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