Self-service installing apps

Self-service installing apps

Only Owners can install software on VMs in their workspaces.
Dependent on the institution under which your workspace falls, you may have software available by default, through an application manager, and on-request by your institutions (Core) Support Team member(s). However, for workspace Owner, there's always also the option to install software by yourselves. In this article, you find step-by-step instructions for self-service installing applications. 

How to self-service install apps

  1. Upload the installation files (.exe, .msi, etc.) to the workspace via Files.
  2. Log into the VM on which you want to install the application.
  3. Open File explorer, and find the installation file in the 'data' drive. 
  4. Copy the installation file from the 'data' drive to the C:-drive (e.g. on to Desktop/'bureaublad').
  5. Run the installation file as administrator.
Your application should be installed and usuable by everyone on the VM.
Installing applications from the C:-drive is much faster than from the 'data' drive. Therefore, we strongly recommend to copy the file first.
Make sure to run installation files as administrators. This will ensure that everyone will be able to use the application on the VM.
Make shortcuts are available to all users
  1. Short cuts are available to all users when placed in the folder c:\users\public\desktop
    1. In windows explorer: navigate to c:\users\public and type behind it \desktop

What if I have licensed software?

If your software requires a license, installations may be less straightforward. Different types of licenses require different levels of connectivity to the outside web. Because DRE VMs can allow be set up to allow outbound connections to specific IP addresses, not all licenses can be activated. Create a ticket to contact the (Core) Support Team members to inquire about whether or not your software can be installed.
Read more about the responsibilities and specifics of using Software licenses in DRE.

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