How to easily deploy DisplayLink drivers

Some quick notes on how we deploy DisplayLink drivers internally here at DisplayLink. Due to our unique requirements, we don’t deploy our software via GPSI, as our Developers need to use bleeding-edge drivers, rather than the publicly released ones!

Instead we deploy them manually when setting up a PC. DisplayLink IT uses the publicly available Corporare Install files, which are distributed as MSIs. This allows you to do silent, automated installs of our software without having to accept a EULA each time. For ease, I  use AutoIT to do the actual installation as it’s nice and flexible, and we tend to buy laptops on an ad-hoc/purpose specific basis, so Drive Imaging would consume more time than it would save!

  1. Get the DisplayLink Corporate Install files from here: http://www.displaylink.com/corporateinstall/ (You’ll need to register, but it’s a one-time thing)
  2. Extract the both the 32-bit and 64-bit MSIs in the zip file to somewhere useful. If you want to deploy them via GPSI, check out the PDF (I wrote it, and welcome any comments/suggestions, as I have a lot to learn about GPSI!)
  3. For silent installations, I put the MSIs all in one directory and just rename the files as appropriate for each architecture (see below for the naming I use)

The main command lines you need are:

32-bit:

msiexec /i \\server\share\DisplayLinkCore-32bit.msi /norestart /passive

msiexec /i \\server\share\DisplayLinkSetup-32bit.msi /norestart /passive

64-bit:

msiexec /i \\server\share\DisplayLinkCore-64bit.msi /norestart /passive

msiexec /i \\server\share\DisplayLinkSetup-64bit.msi /norestart /passive

Here’s the AutoIT code, should you need it:

DisplayLink announces release of Linux Open Source code

About 5 minutes ago, DisplayLink announced the availability of an LGPL Library for Linux. Check out the Press Release for more info. Exciting times ahead! 🙂

DisplayLink MSI installer is here

Following up from my previous post, DisplayLink have just announced availability of an MSI installer for DisplayLink Software.

Check out the Press Release, or skip straight to the Corporate Install download page if you know why you want it 🙂

DisplayLink MSI Installer is coming…

The cat’s out of the bag 🙂 If you’re geeky enough to read release notes, you may have spotted this in our 4.6 release notes:

Support for corporate deployment of DisplayLink software
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It is now possible to obtain a DisplayLink software installation solution that supports automated and remote installation scenarios. This kind of installation requires specific installation steps, detailed in the User Guide that is part of the Corporate Installer.

Yup, it’s true: we’re releasing an MSI installer very soon.

I’m excited about this news on two fronts. Firstly, this is the first time that I’ve contributed directly to a software release; I wrote the Deployment User Guide, gave advice on what IT Administrators want from a corporate installer, and helped steer testing scenarios. Secondly, this feature will allow IT Administrators to deploy DisplayLink’s software onto thousands of PCs simply and easily, further strengthening our ease-of-use message. And I don’t need to tell you how awesome GPSI+MSI is for us IT admins! 🙂

The “Corporate Install” package is different to the standard software release and will require you to register with DisplayLink in order to obtain the MSI files and sign the EULA. Once obtained, you can then deploy DisplayLink software to all the computers in your network via Group Policy Software Installation. Of course, you can perform silent/unattended installs manually via msiexec if you wish as well.

It’s worth mentioning again that the MSI installer has not been released yet, but it is coming. 

Stay tuned for more info! 🙂

DisplayLink wins PC Magazine award

PC Magazine just awarded DisplayLink a Technical Excellence Award for our DL-160 chip 🙂

DisplayLink DL-160

There are several technologies available today that can send a video signal through a computer’s USB port to a monitor or projector, but DisplayLink is by far the most impressive. The combination of software (to redirect video through the USB port), and hardware (in the form of a chip in the display device or external video adapter) lets you connect, and expand your desktop to cover, up to six monitors by way of a single USB port on your PC. With the DL-160 chip, DisplayLink adds support for monitors with up to 1,600-by-1,200 resolution, and it works with Windows XP, Vista, Vista 64-bit, and Vista Aero. There’s even a beta version of the software for Mac OS X.

Press Release