No Webclient browser PC stand alone installation and what components get installed normally

Issue

IT departments want to install just the client software without attaching to the webclient server and want to know if there is a way to accomplish this.

Product Line

Andover Continuum

Environment

  • webClient
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008

Cause

Webclient deploys activex controls using several .cab file from the C:\program files\redist folder on the webclient server. These files must be delivered to the browser PCs with admin privileges on the client PC in order for webclient and webpinpoint to work.

Here is a list of the .cab files and ActiveX controls that get installed

AccWebUtils.cab - AccDotNetBootstrap Control, Crypto Class (Used for  regular webclient use)

WebclientPinpointSetup.cab - PPBrowserMgr Control (WebPinpoint)

WebclientVideo.cab - TACVideoControl.VideoControl (Viewing Video layouts)

** The other piece that doesn't get installed are the permissions for the caspol commands that must be set for zones in order to run schedules.

See Lessons Learned Article #2864 related to webclient schedules and running the caspol commands

1.94 SP1 requires that Microsoft VC++ 2005 Redistributable SP1 x86 to be installed for webpinpoint, it prompts to install when accessing a graphic the first time

Resolution

There is no client side webClient PC installation. The method for delivering the necessary activex controls and files are triggered by the browser PCs access to the webclient server PC and then the files are delivered to the client. 

Some IT departments use Microsoft  SMS or Active directory to deploy software in a locked down environment. To deploy webclient to these types of browser PCs, they would have to logon with Admin privileges to perform the one time install of these files.

The only other method if the IT group has InstallShield or WISE package creation software would be to capture the browser PC installation and use the produced .msi file for client delivery. This is informational only and has not been tested by Schneider Electric.