With the school year soon to be starting up, I am sure I am not the only one that is worried about protecting the campus network when 1500 students show up in early September ready to get onto ResNet. I had been working on a somewhat complicated system of VBScript, cgi, cookies and Windows Auto-updates to try to clean new users and patch them before they join ResNet.
In the middle of this long, complex job I received a forwarded email from a ResNet mailing list from someone asking for suggestions on something very similar to what we are doing. One reply really stuck out. Use the Nullsoft Installer. After about 30 minutes of reading and playing with it, I knew this was going to make things a hell of a lot easier. I can now:
-Make sure users are up to the current service pack.
-Make sure all OS hotfixes are installed
-Run Stinger to clean off the most popular viruses.
-Check to see if any AV software is installed and if not, suggest our site-licensed virus scan package.
This process is totally visible to the user, especially with the proper command line switches. (progress bars the whole way!) The only time a reboot is necessary is if an SP must be installed.
Unfortunately it took me almost a week of wasted time getting the first, not so good system set up but I got most of it redone in an afternoon with NSIS. (http://nsis.sourceforge.net/) I just wanted to let everyone know that this option is available and very powerful.
Thanks to Dave Hughes of Marist College for this idea.
July 30th, 2004, 05:11 AM
wow now that i think i have some use for. ill check it out next week thanks for the info
July 30th, 2004, 05:27 PM
Do you know if the install is limited by the user's rights in Windows? In our school the students are all power users so the can't muck up a lot of things but it makes rolling out updates tricky sometimes.
July 30th, 2004, 05:58 PM
An executable installer is generated by NSIS, just like the WinAmp installer, so I'd say whatever power your users have with installing (i.e. Can they install new software) would be very similar to the rights they have when scripting hotfixes and service packs with NSIS.
July 30th, 2004, 06:05 PM
September 27th, 2004, 06:20 PM
A computer I am working on is running WinXP Pro and when ever an IE window is opened i get this error:
"NSIS Error", "Installer corrupted or incomplete. This could be the result of a failed
download or corruption from a virus."
Has anyone seen this before and know how to clean it up?
September 27th, 2004, 09:32 PM
What are you trying to do? Launch a browser? A little context might help.
September 27th, 2004, 10:48 PM
I am opening an Internet Exporer window. Getting to the internet. This does not prevent the action just gets in the way. It also happens when opening windows from with in Windows.
Hope this is enough info for anyone who has seen this.