KD network install / rollout / update

Hi folks,
I am interested in how you do an upgrade of existing KD installations. I tried to distribute the MSI package with wsus-package-publisher, but it was not working properly.

So I wrote a little batchfile, which checks whether a PC is online and then copies the installer of KD to the pc where I want to upgrade KD. Looking like this:

@echo off
ping -n 1 -4 %1 | findstr /r /c:"[0-9] *ms"

if %errorlevel% == 0 (
echo -----------------------------------
echo -----------------------------------
echo --> Kopiere kopano.bat nach \\%1\C$
copy \\srv-data\Daten\deploy\kopano.bat \\%1\c$
copy \\srv-data\Daten\deploy\kopano-deskapp-2.0.31-x64.msi \\%1\c$
echo "-->Starte PSEXEC und fuehre Remoteinstaller aus..."
psexec \\%1 -u domain\administrator -p password c:\kopano.bat
echo "%1 > \\srv-data\daten\deploy\%1"
goto ende 
) else (
    goto error

echo -------------------------------------------------
echo Ping nicht ok! PC offline bzw. falscher PC-Name?!
echo -------------------------------------------------


Within the kopano.bat file there is only:

c:\kopano-deskapp-2.0.31-x64.msi /quiet /norestart

This works so far that I only have to give the pc-names I would like to upgrade/install DA.

Generelly speaking (not only with the batchfile): When you do an installation of a newer Version of DA over an existing one, shortcuts on the desktop / in the taskbar disappear.

You have to make some new shortcuts. This behavior is not great, if you think about 100+ users loosing their shortcuts.

Perhaps I am doing something wrong? Is there any better (fast) way to roll out KD?

I have not done this myself, but I assume Powershell would be a much better tool for something like this.

you are really all making your stepcounter rotate and install manually? :-) ;-)

@burgessja:Thank you for the info. Unfortunatly I am no “powersheller”. ;-)

@mcdaniels You should give it a go! Coming from an Linux environment, Powershell changed my entire outlook on Windows.

This is the installer software we use at Kopano, they have a howto for rollouts via gpo: https://www.advancedinstaller.com/user-guide/tutorial-gpo.html

@fbartels: Thanks I will look into it. :-)