The latest version, SmartDeploy 2.0.3065, is now available to download and install. One of the big objectives in this release was to make it even easier to perform common tasks our customers rely on SmartDeploy to perform. Two big updates that I’m most excited about are the ability to easily create a custom Microsoft Office 365 Application Pack, directly within SmartDeploy. And the ability to remotely deploy BIOS updates as part of a Platform Pack update. As always, we are committed to making your job easier with intelligent tools that emphasize end user productivity and security.
This software update includes several new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements including:
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Configure Office 365 Pack
SmartDeploy now streamlines the remote deployment of Microsoft Office 365 with custom configurations you select when creating your O365 Application Pack. Use the new “Configure Office 365” task to easily specify Office Suite version, language, update channel, and more. You’ll also select whether to include products like Visio, Project, and OneNote. Once created, you can deploy your custom O365 Application Pack independently or combine it with your golden image in a Deployment Package for zero-touch installations. See how it works in this how-to video.
“Run MSI Package” Task
Easily create Application Packs containing MSI installers by using the new “Run MSI Package” task. The task will automatically configure the installation and provides options for avoiding reboot and quiet installation.
One-Click BIOS Updates
Pushing an updated Platform Pack to an end user device will now run BIOS updates as well as other tasks, like hotkey software and firmware updates, making it easier to keep all devices up to date.
Tip: Watch for this icon to indicate that an updated Platform Pack is available. Watch this 3-min guide to see how to easily keep endpoints secure and updated.
Run Remote Scripts
You’ll now find pre-built Script Packs ready for download within the Application Pack Library. These can be deployed independently or combined with an image in a Deployment Package. Identify these with the new “Type” column within the library.
Activities “Advanced Mode”
Customize your default home screen to display basic or advanced shortcuts to quickly access the features you use most often.
Performance, usability, and security enhancements
You’ll also find general updates including the utilization of TLS/https for client/console communication, support for 4GB+ Application Packs, and wizard updates.
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And as always, please share your feedback and feature requests. Input from users, like you, is invaluable and helps us continually provide updates to ensure the best user experience possible. Please let us know how we’re doing and send feature requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.