14.3 Application Servers

Any Just in Time configuration must include an Application Server.

All distributed Versions or Patches are stored on the Application Server.  The Application Server then receives requests for upgrades when a user starts the application on their PC.  Any new Versions or Patches (depending on your Upgrade Option UPGD) will then be sent to the client PC in response. As such, the Application Server is a simple file server, and does not require a powerful processor.

Installing an Application Server

An Application Server must have:

 Tip   The simplest way to set up the Application Server(s) is to install Visual LANSA.

Applying Packages to the Application Server

Each Application made available for Just in Time Package Upgrade deployment on the Application Server must include a directory structure like:

<sysdir>\x_apps\[Client App Name]\

This directory structure is a mirror of the directory structure on the deployment system.

Within the [Client App Name] directory only the MSI/MSP to be deployed is required.  The original MSI used to install the Application must be included.

Warning: When the JIT Application Server is the same LANSA system as the Deployment System any distributed Package will be available to be downloaded immediately. For this reason it is recommended to use different LANSA systems for the creation and deployment of Packages to facilitate testing of the Package before it is available to download.

Use Microsoft SCCM for complex deployments such as these.