McAfee Installation Designer v8.7 RetaiL

Software, System Tools. October 15, 2008 by CONFiG.
McAfee Installation Designer v8.7 RetaiL

McAfee Installation Designer v8.7 RetaiL // CzW

Installation Designer is a well-thought-out, easy-to-use application for customizing the installation of VirusScan 7. The two biggest reasons for using Installation Designer rather that doing things manually are worth mentioning:

Consistency: The ability to customize virtually any setting of VirusScan ensures that you have a consistent installation across your enterprise—one that is not left to the whims of any particular system administrator or end user.
Speed: By answering all the prompts once, you can then deploy VirusScan via e-mail, login script, or an alternative deployment tool such as SMS or ZENworks. Not having to respond to half a dozen questions during each installation will save a significant amount of time and effort.

- The ability to create custom installation packages, workstation deployment packages, and server deployment packages for users of McAfee VirusScan® Enterprise 8.0.
- The ability to create stand-alone customized installation packages, workstation deployment packages, and customized server deployment packages for users of McAfee Desktop Firewall(TM) 8.x.

How Installation Designer works Installation Designer is actually rather basic. It’s a GUI that reads the VirusScan installation source and creates a set of distribution files based on the configuration criteria you choose. The application is well laid out, with the menu items that you must step through identified on the left-hand pane, and the corresponding question(s) for each menu item clearly displayed in the center of the window.

When launching Installation Designer 7, you’re given the option of either creating a new package or modifying an existing one. This is a rather obvious selection, but it does demonstrate that you don’t have to sit down and think through all of the installation options at once. In addition, if there’s a significant change to your corporate security policies, you can revisit your installation package to make the appropriate changes. Strangely, if you select modify versus create, your options for customization of an existing package are slightly limited. If create is chosen, you will have to walk through 20 menu items in order to fully customize the installation package. Modify only has 12 options. Unfortunately, some of the items you may wish to change are only available during the creation process. For this article, I’ll focus on the effort to create a new package.


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