Knowledgebase : Faronics Deploy

Faronics Deploy is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platformed offered by Faronics that allows administrators to remotely install Applications, perform Windows Updates, perform OS Deployment, as well as remotely control managed workstations and generate Reports, and Alerts.

In customer environments that use a proxy server to control internet access, it may be required that the systems be configured with the network proxy settings at a system level. 

This can be done by following the steps below;

Download a copy of PSEXEC from the link below;

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psexec

Unzip the copy of PSEXE and run the following command from an elevated command prompt;

PSEXEX -d -i CMD

This will launch a command prompt running under the system context, in the command prompt enter in the following command;

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

This will launch Internet Explorer.

In the Internet Explorer Window, you can now configure your proxy settings based on the requirements for your proxy server to function 



To verify that the Custom Script feature of Faronics Deploy is working customers can create a custom script using a test script that Faronics has posted here;

https://faronics-support.s3.amazonaws.com/batch_example.bat

This script will create a log file in the root of the current system volume that contains a timestamp from the indicating when the script was run on the system, based on the systems local time.

To configure this script the user will need to click on the Custom Script button in the Deploy Console;

On the dialog that is shown enter in a name for the script, the URL, and the type of script;

Once this information is in place click on “Save to Grid” to save the script to the list of custom scripts on the control gird.

To run the script click on the header for the custom scripts column in the Deploy console;

This will display a list of the configured scripts. To run the script click on the appropriate cell for the machine and script that you are using to test with and click Run.

Once run the local machine should see a file called test_script_log.txt in the root of the system volume;

This will contain log entries indicating when the script was run;

If the script does not run it may indicate some issue with the download of the file, or problems with some other security application on the system. In the event of issues please try to disable any antivirus or security software that may be interfering with the execution of scripts, ensure that the URL provided at the beginning of this document is accessible in your enviroment and try again.

The following operating systems are supported for Deployment through Faronics Deploy;

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

Both 32bit and 64bit versions of the operating systems are supported.

Faronics Deploy uses the Windows Imaging Format (WIM) for storing images for deployment.

The capture of an image using the OS Deployment feature of Faronics Deploy requires a few prerequisites to be configured.

  1. A Faronics Deploy Imaging Server needs to be installed and operational on the same network as the workstation that the image is being captured from.
  2. A system needs to be configured with the Deploy Agent and the settings and software that you want to include in the image. 
  3. The Faronics Deploy Imaging Server must have enough disk space to hold the image file that you are looking to capture.

Once the system is online and reporting to the Deploy Console you can start the image capture process by clicking on the machine and opening the Action Toolbar. 



Once the Capture Image button is clicked a dialog is shown allowing you to configure the image capture process;


As the client machine must undergo a system preparation process as part of capturing the image you will need to select a set of installation settings to allow the machine to return to an operational state when the process is complete. Select the desired settings from the list of Installation Settings on the right and verify that the details of the settings are correct.

Once the install settings are reviewed to ensure they match the desired settings the image capture can be confirmed and then started by checking the “Are you sure you want to continue” checkbox and clicking on Capture Image.

Once started the capture process starts you will be returned to the Control Grid where the status of the imaging process will be displayed;