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Installing QGIS on
a Network
How the University of Edinburgh made QGIS
available on its Managed Desktop system
The University Network
• Serves over 13,000 staff and over 37,000 students
• Largest campus computing network in Britain
•...
The Human Network
• Identify
• Connect
• Inform
Mailing List
• Poll users:
• When to update
• Which version to update to
• Inform users of the changes
• Share links to re...
Options & Conditions
• 64 Bit
• Version 2.14.3 (LTR)
• No Desktop Icons
• Must be easy to cleanly Uninstall
How wasn’t it done?
• Usually use App-V but not in this case
• Not sure that this would support the use of user downloaded...
How was it done?
Using a command script to manually install then customise:
• A very simple command defines the installer
...
How is it undone?
• Another simple command defines the uninstaller
C:Program FilesQGIS EssenUninstall-
QGIS.exe /S _?=c:PR...
Conclusions
• Very easy by normal standards
• Best to avoid virtual installers for plugins
• Get a community to consult on...
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Installing QGIS on a network

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Tom Armitage's presentation on the University of Edinburgh's process for install QGIS across a network. Presented at 6th Scottish QGIS UK user group meeting.

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Installing QGIS on a network

  1. 1. Installing QGIS on a Network How the University of Edinburgh made QGIS available on its Managed Desktop system
  2. 2. The University Network • Serves over 13,000 staff and over 37,000 students • Largest campus computing network in Britain • More than 3000 computers across open-access and specialist labs
  3. 3. The Human Network • Identify • Connect • Inform
  4. 4. Mailing List • Poll users: • When to update • Which version to update to • Inform users of the changes • Share links to resources
  5. 5. Options & Conditions • 64 Bit • Version 2.14.3 (LTR) • No Desktop Icons • Must be easy to cleanly Uninstall
  6. 6. How wasn’t it done? • Usually use App-V but not in this case • Not sure that this would support the use of user downloaded plugins • No MSI or other standard installer • No well known scripting installer • Silent installer is not well documented • Needed to search QGIS forums for details
  7. 7. How was it done? Using a command script to manually install then customise: • A very simple command defines the installer QGIS-OSGeo4W-2.14.3-1-Setup-x86_64.exe /S /D=<installationlocation> • Where /S means silent install and /D is the location i.e. C:Program Files • Manual tidy up cleans the start menu & removes desktop icons
  8. 8. How is it undone? • Another simple command defines the uninstaller C:Program FilesQGIS EssenUninstall- QGIS.exe /S _?=c:PROGRA~1QGIS Essen • There are some registry items to clear: • HKLMSoftwareQGIS Essen • HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallQGIS Essen • Manual tidy removes the QGIS installation directory
  9. 9. Conclusions • Very easy by normal standards • Best to avoid virtual installers for plugins • Get a community to consult on changes • There is no need to be afraid of OpenSource software on large network installations • Can’t wait to run the process for QGIS 3.2!

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