Deploying and Synchronizing COM+ Applications

I would have thought that the synchronization function would have warned me that Microsoft Application Center 2000 doesn't automatically deploy and synchronize COM+ applications, but it didn't. Synchronization of COM+ applications usually requires a restart of the Web service, which is why Application Center doesn't automatically synchronize them. As a workaround, I used the Deployment Wizard to deploy my COM+ application.

First, I right-clicked my cluster controller, then selected Deploy Applications. After clicking Next on the first page of the wizard, I gave my deployment a name and chose to deploy my COM+ application within the Application Center cluster, as Figure A shows. Interestingly, you can deploy COM+ applications to any computer (or groups of computers) on your network as long as you have a privileged account to perform this job. You aren't limited to only the members of the Application Center cluster, which is very powerful.

When I clicked Next, options appeared for which computers to deploy to within the cluster. (You aren't limited to deploying to every computer within the cluster.) I chose my cluster member, labserver02, and clicked Next. Then, I chose the content for deployment. I chose the Application Center application I had just created (i.e., Active Directory Web-based Manager), as Figure B shows, then clicked Next.

Next, I chose my options for deployment. My mission was simply to deploy the COM+ package that Active Directory Web-based Administrator uses, which is called InterKnowlogy. In the Deployment Options dialog box, I cleared the Deploy folder and file permissions (NTFS only) check box, then selected the Deploy COM+ applications check box. I clicked Next, then clicked Finish on the last page of the wizard.

The COM+ applications on the cluster controller computer exist in a \components folder off the root. After deployment, the files end up in \program files\complus applications on the member server, which is where they belong.

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