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Web Package Tasks - Tips & Tricks

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Deploying Tasks to Computers

The information in this article applies to Prism Deploy 16.0 and above.

Prism Deploy has always been able to deploy Packages from a web address. With Prism 16.0, we’ve improved this capability in two ways:

  • There is now a Web Package Task wizard to help you create the correct syntax for the Task.
  • The credentials you specify to access the Web Package (if necessary) are more secure. Once the Task is created, the password is hidden in the Console and encrypted in the channel database. It is not exposed in the client log file.

One of the most common ways that Prism Deploy customers use Package Tasks is to stage the payload for subsequent Tasks locally on the target PCs. For example, when installing large and/or complex software, Prism administrators manually create a Package that contains the scripts, setup files, folders and other source files necessary for the software installation. They deploy the staging Package and then follow up with a separate Task (MSI, Command or Script Task) to kick off the installation using the locally-staged files. With Web Package Tasks, Prism administrators have another option for supporting off-network PCs.

Here are some tips for getting the right URL syntax for Prism's Web Package Tasks.

Internet-facing web server: The syntax would look like this https://server.domain.com/WebPackages/SomePackage.pwc (or http://).

When deploying from cloud storage sites such as Dropbox or OneDrive, there are some extra steps for getting a correctly formatted URL to use in the Web Package Task.

Dropbox: By default, files shared through Dropbox URLs are for viewing, not for download. A typical Dropbox URL looks like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lpbb6enj3jzp38p/Small.PWC?dl=0. To convert the URL to a downloadable one, simply replace the 0 at the end to 1 (…dl=1).

OneDrive: OneDrive URLs also need to be changed before being used for Web Package Tasks. By default, OneDrive URLs are shortened. They first need to be expanded, then converted into a direct download URL. To illustrate, here’s an original (shortened) OneDrive URL to a Prism Package:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtUhQlsHZZrxi2DHgs8jhmaQyFHe
If it was deployed as a Web Package Task in it’s shortened format, it would fail with error 4400, “unexpected Internet error.”

To expand the URL, use one of these free sites:

www.wheredoesthislinkgo.com
www.linkexpander.com

Here’s the expanded URL:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=F19A65075B4221D5!1504&authkey=!AMeCzyOGZpDIUd4
This URL isn’t ready to use for a Web Package Task because it needs to be converted to a direct download link.

To get the direct download URL, use one of these direct link generators:
www.syncwithtech.org/p/direct-download-link-generator.html
www.technorange.com/cloudlinker-direct-link-generator-for-dropboxgoogle-driveone-drive-copy-com/

You now have a direct download link that works for the Web Package Task. Here’s the final URL:

Google Drive: Shared URLs from Google Drive are not supported at this time.


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