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Updating applications can be time-consuming for both users and administrators. Christian Black, an IT systems engineer at Intel, explains why application streaming is a better way to deliver software.

Updating applications can be time-consuming for both users and administrators. Christian Black, an IT systems engineer at Intel, explains why application streaming is a better way to deliver software.

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6 comments
sstates
sstates

So what is the benefit of application streaming over something like SMS where the adminstrator pushes out releases to every desktop?

nico.verschueren
nico.verschueren

There are a couple of differences with something like SMS. Some of them: 1) You don?t need to push it out. It gets downloaded and installed when the user uses it the first time. 2) Depending on the method, the admin put an icon in the start menu and the user clicks on it. That triggers the installation the first time, next time, it just take the local installation 3) Although it has a bit of a delay the first time while it is downloading, the user can start using it before it is completely installed 4) Doing an upgrade does not mean de-installing and installing the upgrade for all PC?s it is installed on. It means linking the published icon (see point 2) to the upgrade. The rest is done automatic if the user clicks on it. 5) It is installed in a closed apps environment that contains only that app. That means less wrongfully dll overwrites, because they stay with the program, not in the shared dirs. And the uninstall is clean, because the dll?s stay with the program. 6) Portability: I have heard of a successful installation on a USB stick. In that case the users profile was on the USB stick. Just a clean Windows kiosk PC was needed and you boot the PC with the USB stick connected (not boot from USB). All apps are installed onto the USB. So each user has all its apps and no apps he does not need on each PC. Even if you change to another PC, you keep your apps and don?t get another user?s apps. 7) Apps are linked to users, not PC?s (see point 6)

thinkdata
thinkdata

at first I thought he was talking about a real time download, which would avoid the registry and DLL stuff - but then he claims it will persist offline. hmmmm

love2000mak
love2000mak

I'm not sure that I understood it... :(

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