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Infrastructure Configuration: Applications

Documentation and logs for UVM OS and application distribution methodologies
  • Application entries should be imported from the staging share.
  • After import, edit the Applications.xml file in the <DistributionShare>\control\ directory.  Move the application into alphabetical order (recommend using MS XML Notepad application, installed on SysImg server)
  • Enable or Disable the application based on the following criteria:
    • If the application is self-updating and needs to be included in all installations (or if is included in another application), then Disable
    • If the application is platform-specific and there is no abiguity about which version to install (i.e. XP vs. Vista), then Disable
    • If the application is a prerequisite for another application and otherwise is not required (i.e. GNU ASpell exists only to support Pidgin), then Disable 
    • Otherwise Enable (Application will be visible in LiteTouch menus)
  • Add application to all required Make/Model entries in the DBB Database.
  • Add application to any "rollup" applications in the list (i.e. "UVM Common Applications", or "UVM Faculty-Staff Applications").

Naming Conventions:
Suggest the following parameters when adding/updating an application:

Use the application vendor's name, if avialable (Not Required)
Application Name
Use friendly version, when appropriate (i.e. "2003 SP2" for Office 2003 SP2)
Use full version when necessary (i.e. 10.1.5.B5000 may be necessary to distinguish SAV builds)
Source Directory
Use <Publisher^Name> only, remove version string (Allows for easier application upgrade)
(unless you plan to maintain multiple versions, i.e. Office 2003/2007, Dell QuickSet for Vista/XP
Full Name