18.104.22.168 Publishing Software Packages
When an application is published to a user, it is not installed. The advertisement is stored in Active
Directory directory services, so the software is readily available. A user can install the application by using
Add/Remove Programs or by using document invocation.
To use Add/Remove Programs, the user would start Control Panel and double-click the Add/Remove
Programs icon. When he or she clicks Add New Programs, the set of programs available to the user is
displayed in user friendly names. The user can then select the desired program and install the software.
The user will install the application by document invocation when he or she double-clicks an unknown
file type. When the user does this, the computer sends a query to Active Directory directory services to
see if there are any applications associated with the file extension. If Active Directory directory services
contain such an application, the computer then checks if this application has either been published or
assigned to the user. If the application has been published or assigned to the user, the computer then
checks if the application is set for Auto-Install This Application By File Extension Activation. If the
administrator has set the application to Auto-Install, the application is installed.