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add possibility to logoff user for Software Installation and prevent login during installation.

It would be great to have a possibility to create a deployment where the User would be logged off during the installation of Software. Useful for Software like Java Runtime or Adobe Pro where a running application can prevent the installation.
The User should be informed that an installation will be started and he will be logged off. The User should be not able to login during the installation.

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  • Dean Buen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I still think this is important to have. Perhaps make the option available in the Deployment Tab in the Application; specifically the step to select the option "When user is logged off", have a check box to "force user logoff at deadline time". See sample.png

    Or perhaps make this option available when you deploy the application to a collection.

    Even better...provide more flexibility to the end user to log off when they can. Give them the option to suspend log off between 15 minutes to 2 hours. This option is available for system restart in the client settings but not for log off. It would make sense to make this option available when you deploy the application to a collection.

    I have several requests to install an application when the user is logged off primarily because of the reasons stated above.

  • Cristopher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    More and more applications would greatly benefit from this. Last year I packaged Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and had to set it to run when no user is logged in because it simply killed explorer.exe. It would be nice if I could prevent the user from simply logging back in before the installation completes.

  • ufich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to stress having a dialog when logged out. Applications that can't install when a user is logged in leaves customers staring at a login screen, hoping it's installing, with no progress or indication. Windows Updates have an excellent dialog. Applications should be able to borrow that.

  • Richard Spaven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The scenario this will assist with is a Citrix Client Upgrade on a thin client. Citrix themselves recommend - remove old installation - reboot - install new software. On a thin client - you want all the software in place prior to initial login so that SSO access to LOB apps is available ASAP. There are other scenarios where the software must be installed at login, and the obvious one - minimise calls. Install at Shutdown is good for quick installations that do not require a chain with a reboot in the middle. The functionality is present in OSD, a more user friendly version is required for BAU - ie - does not display "preparing your PC for first use". The other fun part of Citrix Client Upgrades is you may have to put a Flash upgrade in at the same time to maintain HDX Support.

  • Wito commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Many software installation scenarios failing again and again while a user is logged on and some components are still in use/are loaded. Even if we do almost anything using Task Sequences and even providing special customized scripts it happens in our enviroment and there ist no possibility to reach a reliability over 90% with some (dirty) software products, SW distribution fails and causes service costs for repairing and support. I can remenber in the past the installation method via group policies was the best way to deploy Software in a reliable way. The only problem/disadvantage was the wait-time before a user coul log on the first time. But for some software products in some cases I would still prefer it instead of any available SMS methods. It would be a great feature/win if we were able to handle installation processes of risky software products in this way (preventing user sessions from affecting our software distribution) simply by using a SCCM option to do it outside a user session in exclusive/secure mode or something like that.

  • Cristopher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Our previous deployment solution, CA ITCM, had this feature. It was called logon shield. It was clunky, to say the least. If anything went wonky during an application install nobody could log back on to the PC indefinitely. Someone would have to be physically present to power cycle the machine.
    As much as I'd love to see this feature integrated into Configmgr, it has to be very well though-out. Have it time out when the deployment times out.

  • Jonas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could be accomplished by "Install at shutdown". Like when Software upodates got installed via WSUS.

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