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    Domain Time II Update Server Domain Time II Update Server
    Version 4.1

    Domain Time II Update Server is a Windows system service that runs unattended on a machine to automatically install or update Domain Time II components as machines come online in the selected domain(s).

    Update Server ensures that all domain systems always have the current version of Domain Time II software installed. Even laptops that are only occasionally connected to the network can have Domain Time II installed/upgraded when they do connect.

    It also makes upgrading systems to new versions of the software completely automatic - as soon as the Management Tools on the Update Server machine are upgraded, Update Server can roll out the new versions of Server and Client to the network automatically. No further intervention by the administrator is required!

    Requirements
    Update Server has these basic requirements in order to perform unattended installations and upgrades:

    • The service must be installed on an Windows machine that is a member of a domain. Update Server will not run on a workgroup or standalone system.
    • The target machines must be members of the Update Server machine's domain, OR be members of a domain with a trust relationship to that domain OR (if in a workgroup or a stand-alone system) have an administrative account with the same username/password as the one used by the Update Server service.
    • The target machines must be running on the same processor architecture as the Update Server (i.e., if Update Server is installed on a 32-bit machine, it can only install to other 32-bit machines; if installed on a 64-bit machine, it can only install to other 64-bit machines). If you have both 32-bit and 64-bit machines on your network, you will need to run two Update Servers (one on a 32-bit machine and one on a 64-bit).
    • You must be able to contact the remote machine (and its PDC) over the network from your Management workstation using Microsoft Networking.
    • Win9X machines (Win95/98/ME) must have Remote Registry Service installed. (See more about installing the Remote Registry Service). Windows machines have the Remote Registry Service installed by default, although it may need to be enabled.
    • The full installation files for each type of product you wish to install must be present on your Update Server machine - i.e. Server, Full/Thin/Ultra Thin Client, Windows Time Agent, etc. (Setup copies these to your workstation for you automatically when you install the management tools).
    • The Update Server service needs to run using a user account with sufficient administrative privileges to install software on the target machines.

    Installing the service


    Update Server is installed from the Advanced Settings tab page of Domain Time II Manager. Click on the Install button to begin the installation.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Install

    The Update Server must run in a security context with appropriate domain administrative permissions both to run as a service and to perform installations on the remote machines. When the Update Server setup program prompts you, enter the account you wish to use in the form DOMAIN\AdminAccount. For example, the administrative account in the OURDOMAIN domain would be entered as OURDOMAIN\Administrator.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Security Context
    The Update Server Control Panel Applet - Security Context Setup

    Note that this account needs to have the Run as a Service Right. See Manually Adding System Service Rights for more information.

     

    Update Server Control Panel Applet
    Once the Update Server service has been installed, you may configure the service using its Control Panel applet. You can start the applet from the Advanced Settings and Tools tab page of Domain Time II Manager or directly from the Control Panel.

    Note: On Vista with UAC enabled, you must Shift+Right Click and choose Run As... from the context menu to launch the Control Panel applet. On Windows Server Core, type in dtupdate.cpl on the command line.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Configure

    Domain Time II Update Server - Control Panel Icon

      General
      Use this tab page to set how often Update Server runs and how it logs its activities.

    Domain Time II Update Server - General tab
    The Update Server Control Panel Applet - General tab

        Update Frequency
        Update Server can be configured to operate manually or automatically.

          Run only on demand
          When this button is selected, Update Server will only perform updates and installations when you click on the Run Now button.

          Run once after tools upgrade
          Select this button when you want Update Server to automatically roll-out new versions of Server and Client when the Management Tools on the Update Server machine are upgraded. Update Server will make one attempt to upgrade all machines with the new versions. Any machines that could not be updated at this time will be logged (or queued for later update, if you have Queue Failures for Later Retry checked).

          Run continuously at idle priority
          When this button is chosen, Update Server watches the network continuously for machines that require installation or updating. It does this in a low-overhead "idle" state that does not generate excessive processor activity or network traffic.

          Run every hours
          Update Server will run on the schedule you specify with this setting.

          Queue failures for later retry
          When this box is checked, Update Server will keep track of any machines where an update or install failed and make another attempt the next time it runs.

        Logging Options
        These settings control how Update Server logs its events.

          Log summary in Event Viewer
          Check this box if you want Update Server to log summary information to the Windows Application Event logs.

          Log details in dtupdate.log file
          Checking this box indicates that you wish Update Server to write detailed records to the DTUPDATE.LOG file. This file is found in the %systemroot%\System32 directory.

          Errors and warnings only On a large network, your log can grow quite rapidly. You may reduce the level of detail to include only errors and warnings if you find the normal logging level burdensome.

          Max Log Size: KB You can limit the size of the DTUPDATE.LOG file to avoid overflowing your disk. Set this value to 0 if you want the log to grow without limits.

          Click the View Log button to pull up the Log Viewer. This window allows you to see the log running in real-time, lets you save the log to another file, and lets you clear the log.

      Domains


      Use this tab to select the domains Update Manager will access when doing installs and updates.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Domains tab
    The Update Server Control Panel Applet - Domains tab page

        Domains and Workgroups
        Specify which domains and workgroups are to be examined by Update Server.

          Only primary domain
          When this button is selected, Update Server will examine only the domain of which the Update Manager machine is a member. If there is only one domain visible, the radio buttons for other domain choices will be greyed out and the domain selection boxes will not be visible.

          All domains found
          Tells Update Server to perform updates and installations on all domains it sees.

          Selected domains
          Select this button when you want to explicitly specify the domains or workgroups Update Server is to operate upon. Only domains and workgroups that appear in the Windows browse list will be visible. Use the buttons to move domains/workgroups into either the Included in Scan or Not Included in Scan lists.

      Domain Controllers


      This tab page allows you to specify the actions you want Update Server to take when it finds a Domain Controller or a RAS machine during its scan of the network.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Domain Controllers tab
    The Update Server Control Panel Applet - Domain Controllers tab page

        Select the action you want Update Server to perform for Domain Controllers and RAS machines:

          Ignore the machine and continue
          Instructs Update Manager to take no action of any kind.

          Make a note in the log, but do nothing else
          You can use the log output to determine which machines to upgrade or install manually.

          Upgrade existing installations, but do not install if Domain Time is not present
          Select this button if you only want Update server to perform upgrades.

          Install if Domain Time is not present, but do not upgrade existing installations
          This allows you to install new versions to new machines without affecting existing systems.

          Install or upgrade as needed
          When this button is selected, Update Server will ensure that each system has the current version of Domain Time software.

        Select the Domain Time component you want Update Server to install on Domain Controllers and RAS systems:

          Install Domain Time II Server - Recommended
          Install Domain Time II Full Client
          Install Domain Time II Thin Client
          Install Domain Time II Ultra Thin Client
          Install Windows Time Agent (XP or newer only) - Keep in mind Windows Time Agent is automatically installed with any Windows Server or Client. Choose this item only if you want the stand-alone version of Windows Time Agent to be installed.

      Other NT


      This tab page allows you to specify the actions you want Update Server to take when it finds a machine running Windows (either as a member server, workstation, or stand-alone system) during its scan of the network.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Other NT tab
    The Update Server Control Panel Applet - Other NT tab page

      Select the action you want Update Server to perform on Windows systems:

        Ignore the machine and continue
        Instructs Update Manager to take no action of any kind.

        Make a note in the log, but do nothing else
        You can use the log output to determine which machines to upgrade or install manually.

        Upgrade existing installations, but do not install if Domain Time is not present
        Select this button if you only want Update server to perform upgrades.

        Install if Domain Time is not present, but do not upgrade existing installations
        This allows you to install new versions to new machines without affecting existing systems.

        Install or upgrade as needed
        When this button is selected, Update Server will ensure that each system has the current version of Domain Time software.

      Select the Domain Time component you want Update Server to install on Windows systems (Either Client is recommended):

        Install Domain Time II Server
        Install Domain Time II Full Client
        Install Domain Time II Thin Client
        Install Domain Time II Ultra Thin Client
        Install Windows Time Agent (XP or newer only) - Keep in mind Windows Time Agent is automatically installed with any Windows Server or Client. Choose this item only if you want the stand-alone version of Windows Time Agent to be installed.

      Win 9X


      This tab page allows you to specify the actions you want Update Server to take when it finds a machine running Win95/98 or ME during its scan of the network.

    Domain Time II Update Server - Win 9X tab
    The Update Server Control Panel Applet - Win 9X tab page

      Select the action you want Update Server to perform on Win 9X systems:

        Ignore the machine and continue
        Instructs Update Manager to take no action of any kind.

        Make a note in the log, but do nothing else
        You can use the log output to determine which machines to upgrade or install manually.

        Upgrade existing installations, but do not install if Domain Time is not present
        Select this button if you only want Update server to perform upgrades.

        Install if Domain Time is not present, but do not upgrade existing installations
        This allows you to install new versions to new machines without affecting existing systems.

        Install or upgrade as needed
        When this button is selected, Update Server will ensure that each system has the current version of Domain Time software.

      Select the Domain Time component you want Update Server to install on Win 9X systems:

        Install Domain Time II Full Client
        Install Domain Time II Thin Client
        Install Domain Time II Ultra Thin Client

     

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