WPP: Deploying Applications with WSUS

Deploy an application with WPP


Now that WPP is configured, we will see how to deploy an application. To illustrate the tutorial, we will see how to deploy the Fusion Inventory agent if it is already present on the computer.

Add an update

From the WPP console, go to Update 1 and click Create Update 2 .
WPP add update

In the first window of the wizard, you must indicate the necessary files, indicate the location of the file 1 and click on Next 2 .
Select file

Enter the update information, Publisher 1 , Product Name 2 , Title 3 (this will be visible in the WSUS console and on the clients, enter the parameters of the installation if necessary 4 and click Next 5 .
Configure update - WPP

Now you have to configure two rules:

  1. Find out if the update is already present
  2. Whether the update needs to be installed

For that we will do two tests:

  1. Is the Uninstall.exe file for the agent present?
  2. We will compare the version of this file to know which version is installed.

To recover the version of the Uninstall.exe file, on a computer where it is already installed, look in the properties of the file to get version 1 .
File version

Rule to find out if the update is already installed

Choose the type of rule File exists 1 then click on the button Add 2 .
File exist

Indicate the location of the file Uninstall.exe 1 and click OK 2 to add the condition.
Configure rule

The condition is added 1 . We will now add a second condition that will check the version of the Uninstall.exe file. In rule type, choose File Version 2 and click the Add 3 button.
Add rule

Indicate the location of the file to be tested 1 , the comparison operator 2 , enter the version 3 and validate by clicking on Ok 4 .
check version

In order to know if the update is already installed, one chooses the operator Superior or equal to, in this way if a newer version of the agent is installed in another way, the version deployed by WSUS will be considered as already installed on the post.

The two conditions for determining if the update is installed are configured 1 , click Next 2 to move to the rule to see if the update should be installed.
rules added

Rule to know if the update is installable

This part works in the same way as for creating rules to check if the update is installed. We will add the same controls as the rule previously seen by changing the comparison operator for the version of the file, we must use the operator less than. Once conditions are added, click on Next 1 .
Rule wpp

Click on Publish 1 .
WPP Publish

Wait while generating the file and publishing …

The update is published, click Ok 1 to close the wizard.
update published on wpp

Update 1 available in the console.
Update added

Manage an update

Since the details of an update, it is possible to:

  • Approve: This allows the computer in WSUS to install it.
  • Decline: stop installing it.
  • Expire: the update is no longer relevant
  • Revise: allows to modify the conditions of application of the update.

Approve the update

Click the Approve button on the update details to open a new window.

The approval window is similar to WSUS, use the lists to set approval 1 and click Ok 2 to validate.
Enable update WPP

On the view of the update, we see that this one is now is now Approved 1 .
Update approved


On the details of the update, by going to the Report tab, it is possible to have an overview of the status of the update.