If you’ve ever tried sequencing an application that has an installation program that requires a reboot you may have run into this dilemma – How do you restart the computer if you’re running the sequencer to capture the installation actions? While on the surface this may appear impossible, we’ve actually made accommodations for applications like this.
If you’ve read through the Sequencing Best Practices doc we posted a while back then you should already know the answer, but in case you missed it, here’s what you do:
If an application requests a valid restart, click Stop Monitoring to enable SoftGrid Sequencer to process the restart tasks. After the restart tasks are complete, click Start Monitoring, and then click Install Again to continue to install the application if you have to. If the application installer prompts you to restart, click Yes. Many applications unnecessarily request a restart.
With that said, you should sequence as much as possible in a single pass of the Install Phase. Do not click Stop Monitoring after each installer unless the application requires a reboot. There is no reason to click Continue Monitoring to reenter the Install Phase unless a reboot task is required.
Hope this helps!
J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer