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Steps for Installing NetWizard

NetWizard is installed on a network in several distinct stages. Before beginning your installation, review these stages and note the types of information you will need to provide at each stage. By doing so, you can customize NetWizard to most effectively fit the needs of your organization.

For detailed instructions on completing the installation, refer to Chapters 1-5 of the NetWizard Administrator's Guide.

  1. Install the central manager.

    After making sure your Central Manager PC meets the system requirements, you are ready to install the NetWizard Central Manager.

  2. Plan the logical tree.

    You must decide which PCs on your network should be included in your NetWizard system and how they should be organized in the Central Manager's logical tree.

    The quickest and most effective way to take advantage of NetWizard's features is to plan the layout of your network's logical tree in advance. Then you can build the installation media each PC needs to interact with the Central Manager.

  3. Plan the installation media.

    After you have an idea of how you want to organize your logical tree, you need to consider a few other factors before using the Central Manager to build the installation media for your Agents and Branch Managers. Depending on these factors, you may need to build several different sets of installation media.

  4. Build the installation media.

    After you have collected the necessary information, you can build Agent and Branch Manager installation media.

  5. Install the agents and branch managers.

    Before installing an Agent or a Branch Manager on a networked PC, use the Winchk32.exe utility to make sure the PC can communicate properly with the Central Manager. (The Central Manager needs to be properly installed and running for Winchk32 to work.)

  6. Create a logical tree.

    In addition to Agent and Branch Manager nodes, you can add the following node types to the logical tree:

    This node type
    Does this
    Directory Represents a local directory (for example, C:\ or D:\) on the Manager PC or any directory on a server.
    Empty Acts as a label in the logical tree (as an organizational placeholder). If subnodes are added to an Empty node, it becomes a Group node.
    Group Distributes the actions performed on it to the nodes included in the group (since it is a labeled group of other nodes). A Group node can be any type of node (Agent, Branch Manager, Directory, Server, or Empty), as in the following examples:
    • Empty Group nodes are created automatically when you add Agent nodes via the Node Wizard dialog box and select Add By Install Groups.

    • Server Group nodes are created automatically when you add Directory nodes via the Node Wizard dialog box and select Add By Server.

    Server Represents a volume or directory on a server. (The difference between a Server node and a Directory node is that you can save a user name and password to automatically log in to a Server node.)
    Web Page Represents a specific Web address, also known as a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). When you select a Web Page node, the corresponding Web site displays in the right pane of the Manager window.
    Preboot Represents a PXE-compatible client that does not yet have a NetWizard agent or branch manager installed.