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Using Web Deployment

EMS Desktop Web Deployment is a new option to Server Version 44 (Released January 2016). This feature allows for easy deployment of the desktop to your end users. It also incorporates a central source for posting application updates. These updates are applied to your end users' computers automatically once deployed to the server.

 Concept: EMS Desktop Web Deployment (V44+ and V44.1) is an alternative method for installing EMS Desktop Client locally on individual user machines 
This solution is not a replacement for the EMS Web Client (discontinued after V43), but rather, it is an alternative to using Microsoft® methods of deployment, such as SCCM. Administrators can use it to host EMS Desktop Client on a web server, with the ability to push the URL to any EMS Administrators so they can download EMS Desktop Client without needing Administrative Privileges on their local machine. 

How it works

The web deploy application is installed on your web server. The EMS Desktop Application is included within this installation. Once installed, the end users point their web browsers to the web deploy application, which links them to download the EMS Client. Once the user downloads and runs that link, the Desktop Client is installed within the user's profile on that workstation. Once installed, the EMS Desktop Client Application will check the server for a updated version each time the client is launched. If a new version is available, then it will automatically download and install the update.

Networking Components

  • The Web Server can be accessed by IP Address or Hostname. Port configuration is managed within IIS.
  • If HTTPS is leveraged you will need to have a Certificate assigned to the binding within IIS. This certification must be trusted by the workstations that will be running the desktop client.
  • The Web Server hosting the Web Deploy Application will need to have access to the Database server. The administrative users who will be leveraging the desktop client will need access to the Web Server.

Optional Connections

The Desktop client can connect to these services.

  • SMTP Server
    • This allows Sending email from the desktop client.
  • LDAP Server
    • Global Address Book Searches
    • Admin User Authentication
    • Web Process Template Configuration (Assigning LDAP Groups to Web Process Templates)

Architecture Diagram

See Also: EMS Architecture Diagram