Product Documentation

Requirements and Installation

Jul 19, 2010

Platform Requirements

The task management computer (where you install the Administration package) can be a separate computer or one of the target servers.
  • Supported platforms
    • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Required software
    • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    • PowerShell 2.0 (on Vista platforms, PowerShell 1.0 is also supported)
    • MMC 3.0
  • XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2 must be installed on the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform if you want to publish applications using the management console, associate published applications with servers, or deploy existing published applications to target servers.
The target servers must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 and XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2. Each target server requires the following software (this software is required for XenApp installation, so it is likely to already be installed):
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • PowerShell 2.0

If you will be using Installation Manager to deploy MSI or MSP packages to target servers, you must install the Utilities package on each target server. There are no additional software requirements to install or use the Utilities package on the target servers.

The file share can be on any Windows Server 2003 or later platform. The file share can be on a separate computer, on the task management computer, or on a target server.

Account and Permission Requirements

Installation Manager uses implicit authentication for remote access to the Windows Task Scheduler API. To create Installation Manager tasks, you must have administrative access to the Installation Manager console and the target servers, have full control of the file share, and belong to the Local Administrator group on each target server.

The following example illustrates account and permission configuration:
  1. Create an Active Directory group named “Installation Manager Administrators.”
  2. Add the “Installation Manager Administrators” group as a member of each target server’s Local Administrator, Distributed COM Users, and Event Log Readers local groups. (To simplify the permissions process by combining groups, you could create a Group Policy Preference policy in Active Directory.)
  3. Assign full control rights to the “Installation Manager Administrators” group for the file share and folder. The group requires rights to manipulate Access Control Lists (ACLs) on the share folder.

When a task is scheduled, Installation Manager automatically assigns permission from the target servers to the file share.

To install Installation Manager

  1. Download the Installation Manager for Windows Server 2008 R2 software (IM_2008_R2.zip) from My Citrix to a shared folder on the network. Extract the .zip file and save the appropriate .msi files:
    • Save the Administration package (IMAdmin.msi for 32-bit systems or IMAdmin-x64.msi for 64-bit systems) to the task management computer.
    • Save the Utilities package (IMUtilities-x64.msi) to each target server.
      Note: A target server requires the Utilities package only if you plan to schedule the installation of MSI or MSP packages on the target server.
  2. Be sure all users are logged off the computers where you will install the Installation Manager packages. Close all applications, including the consoles.
  3. On the task management computer, double-click the Administration package (IMAdmin.msi for 32-bit systems or IMAdmin-x64.msi for 64-bit systems) and follow the wizard instructions.
  4. If you will be using Installation Manager to deploy MSI or MSP packages to the target server, on each target server, double-click the Utilities package (IMUtilities-x64.msi) and follow the wizard instructions.
  5. In the MMC on the task management computer, use Add/Remove Snap-in to add the Installation Manager snap-in. When prompted for the Installation Manager shared folder, either type the path or click Browse and navigate to it.
When you install the Utilities package on a target server, four Windows firewall rules are enabled (these rules are disabled by default). These rules allow access to the Task Scheduler and Event Log Management services using DCOM. The enabled rules are:
  • Remote Scheduled Task Management (RPC and RPC-EPMAP)
  • Remote Event Log Management (RPC and RPC-EPMAP)

Uninstalling Installation Manager

Before uninstalling Installation Manager, be sure all users are logged off. Close all applications, including the console.

Use the Remove Programs feature in the Control Panel to remove the Installation Manager package MSI.

To remove the Utilities package from target servers, you can use the Remove Programs feature, or you can schedule a command-line task to uninstall the package from all target servers.