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    Default Deploy ZCO automatically

    Hi,

    I wonder how you deal with redeploying ZCO after upgrading Zimbra.
    What I would like to see is a (semi-)automatic upgrade. Ideally the user should be asked if he wants to upgrade when connecting his Outlook to the Server.
    I filed an enhancement bug report.
    If you would like to see such a feature or have a another solution feel free to vote for it or post here.

    http://bugzilla.zimbra.com/show_bug.cgi?id=14934

    Christian

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    Don't forget to vote for your RFE after you enter it...

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    Thanks for the hint.

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    I agree. It's a pain -- both from an admin perspective and an user perspective -- to ask users to grab a new ZCO installer and install.

    Does anyone have a good way of doing this?

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    If you're running Active Directory you could push the .msi to your clients via Group Policy. I'm nots ure how safe it is to do with the Zimbra connector, so you may want to test on your own. You can google or search Microsoft's site for the right way to publish applications to computers with Group Policy.

    You may be able to write your own scripts to check for an apply new versions as well with msiexec (the tool that performs the installation of .msi files)

    Something like:
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    msiexec /i ZimbraOlkConnector-<version>.msi /quiet
    may work for you

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    At the very least it would be great to be able to blacklist versions that contain any code which could react improperly after the DST change.

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    We use Active Directory here to install the Zimbra Outlook Connector onto people's pc's and apply upgrades as well.

    I'd suggest testing it thoroughly first though, as we've been having a lot of problems. Especially with upgrades. Some computers just will not properly install the Connector. Others will not upgrade and others still will upgrade, but then lose their profile or contact list.

    Noone here is an expert on .msi's though, so that could be part of the problem.

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    Do you have a script that checks whether there is a ZCO installed and only hten upgrades to the new version?
    Not all of our users use the ZCO with Outlook.

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    a quick & dirty way to test if zco is installed is to grep mapisvc.inf for 'Zimbra' or look for the existance of LSMSSP32.DLL
    Sam Khavari

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    Being able to check the version would be helpful as well.
    So that you do not try to update a recent version.

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